Let's talk about some ways to relax, something we could all use more of. Relaxation is the process by which one can bring about feelings of balance and calm within the mind and body.
A Rose is a Rose
Spending time in your garden is a great way to relax. Regardless of whether you are planting for the spring or pulling out the weeds; you are communing with nature and that is always a sure fire way to calm you.
We often forget to “smell the roses,” as we try to cope with everyday stresses. Gardening is a wonderful way to relieve stress and anxiety. We are, after all, nurturers and there is no better way to relax than to plant a rose or tend to the vegetable or herb garden. The scents melt away any angst within and we become one with nature that has always had a healing effect.
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Recent studies on sleep behavior have shown that people who have less than seven hours of sleep a night simply cannot function during the day. The results also showed these individuals could not perform simple tasks or answer simple questions.
When we are lacking in sleep, we tend to be more irritable, have trouble concentrating, and the stress and tension is heightened. Conversely, individuals who do get a full night’s sleep are energized in the morning, more relaxed, and ready for the day.
Try to get at least seven of hours of sleep a night. It is important for your health and over-all well-being.
Change of Scenery
Most of us look forward to that two-week vacation. However, with the economy in a state of flux and trying to save for the children’s college tuition; the time may not be right to spend a small fortune on a week’s vacation.
Everyone needs a change of scenery where you can find ways to relax and leave the worries behind for a few days. But if you can’t afford it, there is one thing you can do with the family that is sure to give you a boost.
Visit a theme park or water park for a day. Spend the entire day with the kids and become a kid again.
Go on the rides, participate in any events the park may have, have a nice lunch and dinner at a family restaurant, engage in the water sports, and just fully embrace the family’s time together.
You Can’t Control Everything
Whether we wait for hours on long lines in the mall, the theater, a concert, the airport, or whatever the case may be; the truth is we can’t control everything that happens.
If we become stressed over the things we can’t control, we would all be fitted with white suits. There is an old saying, “Choose your battles.”
At a time when the gas prices are at an all-time high, grocery prices are climbing, driving to and from work is taking hours, and life is posing more and more challenges; it’s time to stop fighting that which you can’t control and focus on the things you can. And one of those things is finding ways to relax.
Changing one’s attitude is an effective way to cope and maintain a healthy outlook. If everything you encounter leaves you feeling anxious, you’ll never be able to relax because every day there are challenges that will annoy you.
Change the mindset; look at the world differently; learn to forgive, and keep the faith.
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