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\u2019ve 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\u2019s the ultimate way to unwind and increase your fitness. Whether you\u2019re a seasoned yoga professional or jumping on the mat for the first time, yoga will greatly benefit you. We won\u2019t pretend to be experts on yoga, so we\u2019ll just refer you to people who are! The Yoga Journal is a great website if you\u2019re looking for tips and tricks about how to get started. Yoga is all about comfort and relaxation, so it's important to have a space in your backyard that reflects this. Artificial lawn is perfect for yoga, because it's soft enough to lie on and you don't have to worry about those annoying creepy crawlies. 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. Take it from us - there's nothing better than sitting on your timber deck and enjoying a hot cup of tea on a rainy afternoon. 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\u2019s cool. Spotify has some great relaxation playlists if you\u2019re subscribed to the service. Our personal favourites include \u2018The Relaxation Playlist\u2019 by Chillout Lounge and \u2018Tunigo Rainy Day\u2019 by Tunigo US. If they\u2019re not exactly your thing, there are plenty of other playlists on the popular streaming service. Choose one that\u2019s more up your alley and sit back and relax! Meditation Take a big, deep breath and find your inner peace \u2013 meditation is truly the best way to relax. Unfortunately, many people struggle to properly meditate. If you\u2019re one of those people, check out these tips from Psychology Today Australia: Start small \u2013 try a short three to five minute session.Understand what meditation can do for you if you have any issues with stress, anxiety, irritability, or overthinking.Understand the principles of meditation. For example, why are you trying to meditate?Find a way to meditate that suits you.Reduce \u2018all-or-nothing\u2019 thinking. Read a book Reading has a large number of benefits, from boosting your creativity to improving cognitive skills. Here at AOL we can\u2019t 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\u2019re in between books and stuck for something to read, some of our AOL staff favourite books are: Eternal Love by Dara HornThe Girl in Times Square by Paullina SimonsThe Shining by Stephen KingGone Girl by Gillian FlynnThe Messenger by Markus Zusak 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\u2019re 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\u2019t taken a moment to relax and unwind to yourself. Give some of these activities a go and you certainly won\u2019t regret it! Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blindsArtificial grassRoller shuttersConcrete and fibreglass swimming poolsCarportsTimber deckingPergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.