Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Five tips for unwinding after a big day

This is a guest post from Chiropedic, an Australian-owned mattress factory specialising in factory direct mattresses at cheap prices.

It’s been a long day at the office, or with the kids and their friends at the local theme park. You’ve finally made it home and all you want to do is to chill out and let the stress of the day fade away. These five simple tips will help you unwind and prepare for a great night’s sleep.

A comfortable bed

Let’s start with the basics. To unwind, you need a good night’s sleep. And for a good night’s sleep, you need a great bed. The most important part of a bed is a mattress that is comfortable and suits your individual needs. There are a variety of mattresses on the market, each boasting various attributes for different body types and conditions. A good option is to look for a chiropedic mattress for your bed frame. Once you’ve found it, spend a little extra cash on some fine cotton sheets. The higher the thread count, the better the sleep! Now that the bed is sorted out, here are a few other things you can do at the end of the day to ease into a restful night.

Soothing music does the trick

Music calms the savage beast, or for that matter relaxes the tired and stressed worker. Classical or ballad-type music can have a calming effect on the most stressed person. So once you are home, turn on the music and let its calming attributes flow over you. Just make sure your choice of CD isn’t too stimulating, such as rock, punk or pop music. You might enjoy them while driving the car, but they won’t have the soothing effect you need at this quiet time of the day.

Smell the roses and relax

We’ve all at one time or another been told to ‘stop and smell the roses’. This is as much about the positive effect of a sweet and pleasant smell on your senses and mood as it is about urging people to slow down. The aroma of coffee from a restaurant is likely to stimulate hunger in passers-by; and real estate agents often encourage house sellers to bake bread to generate an inviting smell before prospective buyers make an inspection. So too can the perfume generated by rose, vanilla or other scented beeswax candles create a relaxing atmosphere for your end-of-day chill-out session.

Soak and sooth

‘I’m going to soak that day right out of my skin’. Okay, that’s not exactly how the 1950s musical number goes, but it’s what we’re trying to achieve here. It’s time to make the most of your music and aromatic scent and climb into a warm bubble bath. Any brand or quality of bubble bath will do, just as long as it fluffs right up, surrounds you with soft suds and lets you slip under the water for an hour of doing, well, nothing.

A bit of mindless entertainment

Once you’ve taken a bath and filtered fine aromas through your house but before you’re ready for bed, it’s time for some mindless entertainment. Select your favourite movie from the DVD collection or choose a nice TV show to watch. This is a great way to simply let the mind relax. Don’t choose anything too action-packed or a show that takes a great deal of concentration. The idea here is to relax, not get the heartbeat racing or to prep for an upcoming chemistry exam.

So there you have it. Next time you have a big day and need wind down, follow these simple steps for a pleasant and relaxing evening.