The ability to relax can be tough for most people. We live busy lives; there is absolutely no avoiding that fact. Whether it is work. Or play, or socializing, or family, or whatever; it all adds up to a busy life. Yet, no matter how exhausted we are, we always seem to gravitate toward activities that will only serve to exhaust us further, pushing us closer and closer toward burnout.
A lot of the time, we actively choose to ignore our body’s desperate cries for a break, telling ourselves that we don’t deserve a break yet, that we haven’t accomplished what we set out to accomplish.
But we need it.
The harder we push our minds and bodies, the longer it will take we they eventually break. So why not learn how to better relax, even if it is just for a few minutes a day; it will do wonders for your body.
This is one of the core focuses of practices like yoga and that is because it is one of the most efficient and effective ways to restore ourselves quickly. Our breathing is how we control the energy that flows in and out of our body’s.
So next time you find yourself getting worked up or stressed, take your hands off your laptop, or put down your phone, and take five deep breaths. Another great technique is to concentrate on the natural pause between breaths.
A lot of people dismiss the term meditation as a fable, but it is one of the best ways to allow your body to recover. It is one of the greatest ways to heal.
It has been proved to reduce the effects of the aging process, help people quit smoking, protect against mental health conditions and much more; it is just a matter of finding a reason to meditate.
It could be that your memory is starting to disintegrate, or that you are developing anxiety. Whatever it is, meditation can help a lot.
This has long been a favorite of people, including mine. It is a way to escape.
Writing a journal, or a diary, or just thoughts on a notepad can be a vent as good as any when it comes to managing stress. Best-selling author and former drug-addict, WHH, refocused his addiction on writing and used that as his escape. It doesn’t have to become another line or your to-do list, just a way of you making sense of your thoughts when they are swirling.
So if you are going to bed with a head thick with anxiety, try writing your thoughts down as a way of giving them a new home.
Creating a Routine
Set yourself an early bedtime and stick to it.
All too often we get home late from work and then stay up late watching our favorite Netflix shows on the television thinking this is a relaxing activity. But it is not.
Relaxing means switching off.
It does not mean coming home from a day looking at a screen only to look at another screen. So why not read a book in bed instead, and then turn the lights off at a decent hour.
To be able to relax can be tough but we all deserve it. We need to allow ourselves to say it’s time for a break and just learn how to breathe.