Relax. It’s easier said than done. We live in a tension filled world and our days can be full of stress and activity. You might ask, “How can I relax?” or you may be thinking, “Is it even possible to relax?” The good news is…you can. Here’s 10 Tips to help you relax.
1. Develop tolerance and patience – people make mistakes. The first step to finding peace with society and improving your ability to relax is by developing tolerance for those things around you.
2. Meditate – try to make time to meditate for 15 minutes each day. If you don’t like the idea of meditating, practice taking deep breaths once a day. This can help with circulation and ease your level of stress by helping your body and mind relax.
3. Volunteer – volunteering for a good cause is not only good for your self-improvement, but also for others. Find something you are passionate about and look towards volunteering your time or some money. There are thousands of charities and organizations that would love your help including animal shelters, the American Cancer Society or homeless shelters.
4. Write down your Thoughts – writing not only stimulates your brain activity but it also acts as a great stress reliever. Keep a journal so you can record your thoughts and feelings. Invest in a nice journal to increase your creative juices.
5. Read – Find some time on the weekend to curl up on the couch with a good book. This simple pleasure is not just relaxing, it is also stimulating.
6. Think Positive – Positive thoughts lead to positive results. Surround yourself with positive energy and this energetic vibe will be released into your lifestyle and daily habits.
7. Plan ahead – we know that there are things in life that just happen. They are annoying and frustrating but that’s just the way it is. This may include a traffic jam on your way to work or a long line at the post office. If you are prepared for these things, then you will be able to handle these annoying situations a lot better. Give yourself an extra 15 or 20 minutes to get to work to allow for a possible traffic jam. It’s a lot better for your stress level to be sitting in your car thinking “good thing I planned ahead and left 20 minutes early” rather than yelling at bad drivers and calling in to let them know you’re going to be late.
8. Be generous – selfishness and self-improvement do not go together. Think about others beside yourself and share where you can. You may not be “wealthy” however you do have more than some other people. Besides, it feels good to help another person and make their day a little brighter.
9. Stimulate your brain – it may sound odd that you can relax by solving a crossword puzzle or enjoying the Sudoku in your morning newspaper on the commute to work. These fun little games are quick to do and help keep your mind sharp.
10. Find daily alone time – between work, the kids, your spouse and your friends, it might seem like you don’t get a single moment to yourself. Find that moment. This could just be shutting the doors and taking a 20 minute bath, it could be taking just 5 minutes to practice mindfulness. You need to find time to reflect and relax and this is best done by yourself.
And here’s a bonus tip: Pamper yourself- to relax it’s important to get rid of those daily kinks. The best way to sooth the stress away is with a deep therapeutic massage. If you cannot afford a monthly massage, then look to your spouse or partner and swap massages. Buy oil, light candles and turn your living room into a spa.
The best way to learn to relax is to choose one of the above tips and begin to make it a part of your routine. It may be something you can do each day, perhaps it’s something you can only do once a week or once a month, like volunteering at a shelter. Either way, you deserve to relax and do some things for yourself. Decide today you are worth it and make it happen. Your body, mind and soul will thank you.