Find out how to create the perfect space in your backyard to relax and unwind.

Busy lives and office jobs mean we are spending less and less time outside. Thanks to this, most of us are lacking in some much needed Vitamin D and relaxation time.

We’ve put together a few activities for you to enjoy the next time you are soaking up some sun (or cloudy skies), so you can allow yourself to have a long-awaited relaxation session.

Yoga.

People have been enjoying yoga all over the world for many years.

Participating in yoga on a regular basis comes with a number of exercise and relaxation benefits, so it’s the ultimate way to unwind and increase your fitness.

Whether you’re a seasoned yoga professional or jumping on the mat for the first time, yoga will greatly benefit you.

We won’t pretend to be experts on yoga, so we’ll just refer you to people who are!

The Yoga Journal is a great website if you’re looking for tips and tricks about how to get started.

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Yoga is a great way to relax and unwind.

Enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in a quiet space.

Tried and tested, this method of relaxation is a winner.

Pop the kettle on, grab a tea bag and revel in quietly sipping a nice steaming cup of tea whilst enjoying your garden.

With our cold weather of late, the backyard is not overly enticing. However, with a nice cup of tea to warm you up, it is a perfect calming experience.

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Take a moment to yourself with a nice cup of tea.

Listen to music or a podcast.

Research has shown that listening to music improves our heart rate, lowers our blood pressure and even improves our stress levels!

Pop a podcast on or listen to some tunes and unwind. Soak up the sun whilst lying on your artificial lawn or find a cosy spot under your pergola if the weather’s cool.

Spotify has some great relaxation playlists if you’re subscribed to the service. Our personal favourites include ‘The Relaxation Playlist’ by Chillout Lounge and ‘Tunigo Rainy Day’ by Tunigo US.

If they’re not exactly your thing, there are plenty of other playlists on the popular streaming service.

Choose one that’s more up your alley and sit back and relax!

Meditation.

Take a big, deep breath and find your inner peace – meditation is truly the best way to relax.

Unfortunately, many people struggle to properly meditate. If you’re one of those people, check out these tips from Psychology Today Australia:

  1. Start small – try a short three to five minute session.
  2. Understand what meditation can do for you if you have any issues with stress, anxiety, irritability, or overthinking.
  3. Understand the principles of meditation. For example, why are you trying to meditate?
  4. Find a way to meditate that suits you.
  5. Reduce ‘all-or-nothing’ thinking.

Read a book.

Reading has a large number of benefits, from boosting your creativity to improving cognitive skills.

Here at AOL we can’t think of a better place to read than in the peaceful tranquility of your backyard!

Find a nice cosy spot, open your favourite book and explore a whole new world.

If you’re in between books and stuck for something to read, some of our AOL staff favourite books are:

  • Eternal Love by Dara Horn
  • The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Messenger by Markus Zusak
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Find a quiet spot to enjoy a good book.

Paint or draw.

Was school the last time you got really artsy?

This could be a fantastic opportunity to unleash your inner Da Vinci!

Next time you’re feeling creative and wanting to relax, grab some water colours, paints or even a pencil and let your imagination run wild.

So, what are your plans this weekend? Maybe you haven’t taken a moment to relax and unwind to yourself. Give some of these activities a go and you certainly won’t regret it!

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