Healthier and more natural ways to relax your body and soothe your mind.

An interesting recent development has been the rise of “relaxing” energy drinks. This seems like an oxymoron at first glance. How can an energy drink be relaxing when their purpose is the very opposite of soothing and calming? Well, they’re only really called energy drinks because they’re made by the same companies and marketed as being complimentary to the energy drinks we have come to know and indulge in to get through a particularly taxing day (or night).

The difference is that whereas in energy drinks, like Monster or Red Bull, the chemical composition is supposed to give you an energy boost, while the chemistry in relaxing drinks is supposed to bring you down and help you relax.

This sounds innocent enough. Though you might wonder why people don’t just drink a cup of chamomile tea instead as it is supposed to achieve that very effect and at a fraction of the cost. However, there has been a rise of criticism against the potential health issues, from the chemicals used to the very idea that our society has become so medicated so as to make a product like this viable.

This makes one wonder perhaps what some more natural, safer alternatives may be to relax and chill out.

Hydrotherapy

What’s more relaxing than a hot bath before bed? Relaxing in a hot bath relieves sore muscles and joints, reduces stress and tension, and promotes a good night’s sleep ahead. Enjoy your bath with a glass of red wine, your favourite soothing music, candles, and calming essential oils like lavender.

Natural supplements

Consider adding a clinically proven lavender oil supplement to your arsenal, which is a well-known effective calming tool. Increase your levels of vitamin B12 and other B vitamins to improve your mood, which means less stress throughout the day. Celery root has known sedative properties. And L-theanine, the relaxing amino acid in green tea, increases GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) levels, which can be considered the brain’s natural sedative that brings balance to excitability.

Get enough quality sleep

Sleep is something you can’t bank. You can’t sleep a lot one day and hope it holds you through the week. You also can’t force your body to get used to less sleep, as your body will eventually just call it quits and demand a serious catch-up snooze session. Running on just a few hours during the work week, and trying to catch up on weekends, may jeopardize your immune system.

We typically need seven to eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night. To improve your sleep quality, keep the room cool and dark, use comfortable bedding, and remove distractions like electronics.

Finally, although it’s a tough pill to swallow, if you want to have enough energy when you need it, and you want to be able relax when you need to, this takes a healthy lifestyle. Eat right, exercise, deal with stress. You don’t need to find that balance in a can.

About The Author

I was born in the Eastern Cape, close to the waves. After getting my degree in Media, Communication and Culture, I knew it was time to make my way to a big city. Not wanting to leave the ocean, Cape Town was the natural choice for me. At first I thought the fast paced world of marketing. But I never forgot that what I'd always wanted to do was write. Now I'm a freelance writer, where my office is my bedroom and my platform is the World Wide Web. I live with my partner and our two beloved Great Danes. When not reading or writing you can probably find me on the beach or exploring nature trails.

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