This week I wanna write a practical blog post on a few quick ways to relax when life is crazy. Why? Because my life has been insane lately. If you read my post about working to jobs without going crazy then you know that… I work two jobs. Usually, I’m very good at managing them, taking care to work less on my freelance job when the full time one gets busy. These past few weeks this hasn’t worked so well.

Last week I had a bad case of indigestion, then I started realizing I was forgetting things more and more, I was cold all the time, I couldn’t sleep at night and even if I did, I woke up more tired. On top of that, I was craving the unhealthiest foods ever, constantly swinging between extremely sweet and extremely salty. Hello adrenal fatigue, my old friend! I so didn’t miss you.

I knew what I needed to do. But how do you relax when life is crazy? When all you can think about is work and the next tasks, how do you really take your mind off of things? It’s not easy, that’s certain. But not impossible. Here are a few things that I’ve been doing to relax even if only for 2 minutes at a time.

Connect with nature

“Our severance from nature leaves us feeling as if we do not belong in the world, and that can be a source of anxiety and despair.” –

Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of the Celtic Woman

This quote is 100% true for me. Living in the city, it’s easy to lose this precious connection to nature. For a long time I was convincing myself there was nothing to do, I should wait for that weekend getaway or that vacation to find a space in nature where I could feel grounded. Not to mention the long winters when I hate being outside, so connecting to nature feels impossible. Newsflash: it’s not!

Connecting to nature doesn’t mean you have to go out into the woods for a day. It would be amazing sure, but it takes less. A short walk through a park could do it. And if even that isn’t possible there’s something else: flowers. You can find a shop that sells flowers almost any time of the year. Sure, the most gorgeous ones are available in the spring/summer but some are available year round. So buy yourself flowers. Or grow some in a pot. You’ll be amazed what a powerful effect something so simple can have on relaxing your mind.

Alternate nostril breathing

This is a simple technique that can help you relax when life is crazy when you suffer from anxiety or even when you feel you might have a panic attack. If I had to make a top with quick ways to relax, this would probably take first place as the quickest.

It’s a breathing technique I learned in yoga, but it can be practiced anytime, anywhere. The idea is simple: you inhale on one nostril, hold the breath for a few seconds, then exhale on the other nostril. And then you repeat. The general recommendation is to do it five or ten times, but you can do it as much as you’d like, really. You can read more about this technique and its benefits in this article on DoYouYoga.

Choose a relaxing activity as a workout

If you workout, you know exercise can help reduce stress and boost your mood. If the level of stress and business in your life is moderate, doing an intense workout might be a good solution to de-stress and relax. However, if you are more in the “crazy busy” category, intense workouts might do more harm than good.

There really isn’t a recipe for success here. It’s more of a trial and error thing. If you feel you’d want something intense because despite the crazy busy you’ve been sitting at a desk all day, go for it. But pay attention to how you feel. Did it make you too sore? Do you feel sluggish afterward? Do you have trouble falling asleep at night (especially if you worked out in the evening)? If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, it’s a signal to choose something easier.

I re-discovered the benefits of yin thanks to the wrist injury I talked about in last week’s post. But it’s benefits are huge for someone with a lot of stress in their lives as well. Yin yoga will relax you, it will stretch your body, your muscles and it will help you to slow down the hectic rhythm of your life.

Declutter your house

I know this isn’t an advice you’d expect in an article about quick ways to relax when life is crazy. I also know cleaning the house is the last thing you wanna do at the end of a busy week. But hear me out. Clutter actually adds to our stress. When you live in a house with stuff everywhere, with tables filled with all the things possible, you are going to feel stress, even if you don’t realize it at first. Even if you don’t have time to clean every corner of the house, just put everything in its place at least once a week. Clear the tables, the couches, the floor. In time, you’ll realize how much more peaceful it feels when you get home to a clutter-free place and how much easier it is to relax.


I’ve talked about this before, but diffusing essential oils is a great way to relax. My favorites are lavender,  sage and peppermint. Lately, I’ve also discovered patchouli. There are a lot of resources on the internet that talk about the benefits of essential oils and I don’t think I have much to add to the topic. So if you wanna know more, do a little research then look for the oils that you love most at first. I’d suggest to go with the simple ones at first and then start experimenting till you find the combinations that are most beneficial to you.

More quick ways to relax

These methods are more common, but because they are so common, we often overlook their power.

  • Music – just about any music will do. Many will suggest you try relaxing music and for me, that’s the best, but sometimes I actually go for something different. It depends on the goal. If you are trying to go to bed, relaxing music is definitely the best. If you just wanna get your mind off of stressful things, dancing & singing to your favorite tunes might do the trick better than you could imagine.
  • Reading – does it need explanations? Find a book you love and dive into that universe and out of the one causing you stress.
  • Knitting/crocheting/cooking etc – basically any activity that’s different from your job, that requires your attention but that you love doing.
  • Talk to a friend – don’t overlook this. I know I tend to. As an introvert, often times I feel the best relaxation is by myself, doing one of the things I mentioned before. But in the end, us humans, we are social beings. So don’t overlook the power of a good talk to a friend who is willing to listen.

What are some of your favorite quick ways to relax when life is too busy for time off?

Share your tips in the comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

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