How to relax. Common myths, busted

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Posted 29/08/2018 by E.ON

Already enjoyed a relaxing holiday this summer? There’s no need to leave that stress-free feeling behind. Whether you’re looking for the best ways to unwind or want to find out more about micro-meditation, you’re in the right place. We’ve been researching some common relaxation myths to bring you the truth about the art of switching off.

Couple watching TV

Watching TV is relaxing - False

Love settling down in front of the TV and scrolling through your social feeds? By ‘multi-screening’, you might be missing out on ‘me time’. These activities are designed to capture your attention, and if your brain is too distracted, your body won’t rest. Try managing your stress hormones by meeting up with a friend instead or taking some lessons to learn a new skill.

Woman taking a break

Taking a break makes you more productive - True

At home or at work, there’s always another thing to add to your to-do list. So don’t wait until you finish everything to take time out for relaxation. Stop for a couple of minutes, and unplug whatever you’re using, to help you recharge. By switching off, you can focus your mind which might make you more productive when you get back to your task.

Man using guided meditation using an app

Meditation takes a long time - False

The thought of emptying your mind can be a bit daunting, as it might take a while to declutter at first. The complete path to enlightenment can take years, but there are lots of options for stressed beginners too. Things like guided meditation apps and relaxing YouTube videos that help you learn to breathe easy in just 30 seconds.

man using technology to help manage his finances

Managing your money is stressful - False

Managing money is always a challenge but technology can be a huge help. When it comes to organising your finances, you could try budgeting apps like Yolt and bill-sharing apps like Splitwise. You can even ask an AI chat-bot if you’ve got enough funds for a Friday night curry. Smart technology could help with your energy payments too – install a smart meter to ensure you only receive accurate bills in the future.

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Going for a walk can help you unwind - True

A brisk walk is a great way to relax your mind and body – just 15 minutes’ exercise could be all you need. Take a stroll through a local park or forest if you can, as walking in a natural environment is even better for your health. You could also keep track of your step count with a fitness tracker or phone to help you work out the perfect de-stressing distance.

While we look after your home’s energy, why not take some time to recharge your own energy levels and experiment with relaxation techniques? Everyone unwinds in their own way so don’t be scared to try something new and find a method that works for you.

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