Relaxing is an important ingredient in reducing tension. Relaxation is the process by which one can bring about feelings of balance and calm within the mind and body.
Color the World
Colorful Painters Palette
Do you have a hobby? Painting, perhaps? If so, colors have a way of reducing tension and allow you to relax. For example, take out the easel you stored away years ago and begin painting again.
Use blues, greens, and lavenders which are known to be soothing colors and begin with a few strokes. Do you see an image forming? Keep going!
Is the tension leaving your body? By now you are probably so focused on the image before you that you forgot all about the tension. Have to leave it now? No problem; return to it tomorrow.
You have taken the first step in the relaxation process. Doesn’t it feel good?
You’ve probably been so busy these days that you haven’t had time to begin reading that book you purchased a few weeks ago. Well, now is the time to start.
Reading is a great way to relax because you can focus on the subject at hand and rid your mind of whatever it was that was causing you stress.
No one is saying you have to read the whole book in one sitting; but once you start, you will undoubtedly find the time to finish it.
There are so many different genres of books you can choose from. If you don’t have too much time, take 5 minutes to read poems from an inspirational book. Or read to your children before nap or bedtime. It can be just as relaxing for you as it is for them.
Tea Time! Perfect for reducing tension.
Cup Of Tea
It’s been a rough day at the office; it’s raining and you can’t wait to get home, kick off your shoes, and make a cup of tea. Put on the kettle, change into your most relaxing attire, and have a cup of chamomile tea while sitting in your cozy chair.
Don’t put on the TV or radio, put the answering machine on, and just enjoy each sip as your body begins to relax. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
Okay, reality check sets in. This may not be the perfect scenario if you have dinner to prepare, kids to take care of, and a husband who is late coming home.
This evening can still be salvaged. Prepare dinner, feed the family, put the kids to bed and ask your spouse to read the kids a story. Tell him you just need some alone time. Now it’s your turn. Light some candles and place them near your cozy chair, put the kettle on, take out the chamomile tea and when it’s ready, turn down the lights, sit in your chair and just relax in silence.
As you take each sip, try to rid your mind of the day’s events. You will sink deeper into the chair and a feeling of calm will envelop your body. The scent of the candles will relax you even more, and the problems of the day will be far behind.
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