Recharge series: Five tips to relax your mind during Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted 17/10/2018 by E.ON

Google searches for relaxation peak at this time of year, and it seems that a lot of us feel the stress of everyday life in October. Almost a third of us admit that it’s the most draining month of the year, so what can you do to lessen the strain? 

Start by being smart with yourself 

We found that stress is one of the main reasons why we feel drained and in need of a recharge. Clearing those nagging tasks can often create some headspace. 

Life admin can be a headache, so using technology like smart meters can take the stress out of your monthly energy bills. Your energy usage is sent directly to the energy provider, so you’ll no longer have to provide meter readings. So long, estimated bills!

Making time for meditation has proven to be a good way to clear away the chaos of the day, but it can regulate your body temperature too.

Coming home to a warm and toasty environment, or even a cool and calming one, can make all the difference to your day over the winter. A smart thermostat can help, as you can control your heating from your phone… creating the perfect setting for your own private meditation session. 

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Top tips to recharge your mind by Roxie Nafousi

1. Start small 
Meditating can be really hard and intimidating when you first start. Often, we try it, find ourselves unable to switch off and then think we are ‘bad at meditating’ and get put off trying again. Meditating is a practice which takes commitment, but when you break through you will reap the benefits! Start with just three minutes a day and build up from there. Don’t worry if you struggle to switch off, practice makes perfect, just like everything else. 

2. Make it a routine 
Like with anything in life, from fitting in your workouts to making sure your boiler is efficient for the colder days ahead, having a routine will make it so much easier to incorporate meditation into your daily life. Choose a space in your house where you can feel calm and be uninterrupted and try to meditate at the same time every day. 

3. Research 
There are so many different types of meditation, so find one that suits you. There are lots of apps out there or guided meditations on YouTube. Try a few until you find one that resonates with you.

4. Be mindful
Meditating is the ability to be entirely present, and mindfulness is the same thing. We can apply mindfulness to every task we do, giving 100% effort and focus. This allows us to feel more fulfilled and enriched in our day-to-day lives for every task we do, from making breakfast to completing a deadline at work, or reading stories to our children before bed.

5. Just Breathe
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or uneasy, then slowing down and watching your breath is an easy way to bring your mind back to the present, whilst also stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system. Inhale for four seconds, hold for two, exhale for four. Repeat. 

To help share our top tips on recharging your mind, body and soul we’re also bringing a ‘Recharge Retreat’  to London Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th October on the Southbank with TV’s Melanie Sykes . The event will feature guided meditation classes, revitalising work outs by movement expert, Roger Frampton, and nutritional advice and juice/smoothie recipes by food expert, Jasmine Hemsley, to help visitors feel refreshed. 

Not around London during those days? No worries – we’ll be sharing videos from these sessions along with body and soul tips so you can keep the recharged feeling lasting all year long and to help you achieve Nirvana. 

Research featured from E.ON press release: Autumn blues hit the UK and nearly half of Brits admit to needing an energy boost in October




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