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Four relaxing things that can help create work-life balance

Stress most likely isn’t an uncommon word if you’re an adult who is trying to juggle work and life and find some equilibrium. The number of tasks, activities, and demands that fill your daily life can often be the very source of your stress. Learning how to take the time out to do things that make you feel good and relaxed, however, is a way to balance out that stress. It can seem difficult to find the time in your busy schedule to look after yourself, but it’s necessary to do so for your well-being. Here are four relaxing things that you can do to help you achieve a better work-life balance.



Listening to music is a great way to relax, especially if you listen to a song or genre that you love. Research has shown that music can prevent anxiety-induced increases in the heart rate and systolic blood pressure, which happen to be markers of stress. Seeing as music is proven to be effective in helping people relax, why not put together a playlist and create a serene environment where you can unwind regularly. On the other hand, if watching music performed live makes you feel relaxed, try going to a bar where there’s music or visit ticket sales to see if any of your favourite artists will be in concert soon. It is a great way to get positive vibrations pulsating through your body and give you the much-needed relaxation you need.



If you enjoy physical touch, then receiving a massage may be an ideal form of relaxation. Studies have discovered that people who get regular massages are more likely to spend more time in deep sleep, which is the restorative stage of the sleep cycle. If you’re struggling with insomnia or find it difficult to fall asleep, then receiving a massage may be the solution to your problem. Aside from helping with sleep, massages also have the capability of helping to boost your productivity, relieve pain, reduce stress and boost your immune system.



It probably isn’t news to you that exercise can be a great way to unwind, relieve stress and feel good generally. If you already do so, you’ve probably experienced the positive benefits. Whether you enjoy fitness or not, there are several types of workouts you can choose from that are suitable for your needs. For instance, you can try yoga if you want to clear your mind through meditation or try kickboxing, dancing or martial arts if you want something more upbeat.


Pick up a Hobby

Find something you enjoy doing just for the fun of it, and do it during your free time. It could be anything from painting to fishing or knitting. The primary objective should be to look for something that you derive pleasure from and makes you happy. This way, when you’re not dealing with the stress that often accompanies work, you’re doing something that truly brings you a sense of joy.


Often we know what makes us feel relaxed, but sometimes we’re not sure exactly what we enjoy doing. If you happen to be one of those people, explore different things and try engaging in different activities. What you discover just might be the missing puzzle in your work-life balance.


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  • Debbie

    Hi Kate, as important as that work/life balance is, it’s never easy to achieve. As I’ve got older I have found it easier to find my happy medium. Recently I learned how much of an effect plodding (others may call it running, but I’m being honest) has on my mood. The last few weeks I changed my exercise routine as I was worried about my hips, but working out indoors doesn’t give me the same ‘happy high, so I’ve started running again… Anything that makes us feel happy and relaxed helps us feel more balanced.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


  • Shelbee on the Edge

    Kate, these are fabulous tips! I only recently discovered the healing effects of music. I was never one to really listen it to all that often except in the car, but now I love taking a nice long hot shower while listening to my favorite Pandora station. I also like to put on relaxing tunes while I am getting my blog work done. Makes me energized! I adore the concept and mission of your blog!


  • Welsh Mum Writing

    Work life balance is so important isn’t it, although incredibly difficult to achieve. I’ve made the decision recently to cut back my hours in order for life to be less frantic. It wasn’t an easy decision but sometimes you have to think about your sanity. I’ve also booked in a spa day as a treat – although I’m lucky that I’ve been gifted that! #TriumphantTale

  • Morgan Prince

    Love this Kate. I love listening to Music, especially while I’m working – if I find the right music it makes me work faster! And you can’t beat a good massage (especially at the spa!).
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

  • Jaki

    Music has always been my therapy. Through my happiest of times and through my darkest of times. I just love to turn it up loud and get lost in it. Songs can take me right back to a certain time or place, happy or sad and I have so many memories attached to so many songs. It’s definitely my go-to stress relief. Thanks for sharing this with #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again on Tuesday!

  • loopyloulaura

    I really struggle to find time for my hobbies as blogging takes over everything! I keep meaning to listen to more music but we don’t have a CD player (old fashioned, I know!) Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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