Everywhere, nowadays, people are complaining of feeling stressed and burnt-out with all the demands of work, family, and even studies. The phrase “so little time, so much to do”, is becoming truer. The psychological stress manifests itself in various ways, through the lowering of a person’s resistance to sickness, through the cramping of muscles, or through an unpleasant change in one’s mood. Because of this, people now have a greater demand for a way to escape the toxicity of their lifestyle and find a place of escape where they can just relax and enjoy even for just awhile.
The truth is one does not need to go far just to be able to relax and have an enjoyable time. Even with just a simple stretching exercise, a basic yoga session, or a beginner’s dance lesson will do as a relaxation and fun activity.
Find a companion – It is always better to do certain activities with a partner or some friends. Especially when the activity to be undertaken will only be done for the first time, it is less worrying or awkward to discover a new experience with someone familiar. However, in case a person chooses to be alone in doing this, it should still be kept in mind to stay open for the possibility of meeting new friends. A friendly and easy attitude should be kept from the very start. Do not let the pressure or stress overcome in the situation of being alone. Be open, take it easy, and try to meet new friends. Not a people person? No problem, there are plenty of furry companions our there too 🙂
Make the most of the experience – Learn as much as possible from a new or even just a normal activity. Do whatever that is required even if it feels uncomfortable doing it the first time. Do not fret too much over the mistakes or inadequacies; remember that the goal of this activity is for a person to be able to relax. This is the time to learn how to laugh at one’s own mistakes and strive to be better, however, not in a pressured or struggling way. Leave all that are negative behind, especially before going to the activity. This is supposed to be an escape, thus, do not let the negativity find its way through. Simply give it your best.
Try Meditation or Yoga- Each of these are meant to relax not just the body- but also the mind. There are many different forms and doing a little bit of research can help you find one that you find most appealing or relate to most.
Go for a walk or run- It’s no secret that exercise does in fact make us happier and can help relax us. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators
Take a certain caution – Despite giving it your best and making the most out of it, those are still different from really overdoing it. The suggested activities are obviously those that require a certain level of effort, however, not to the point that one’s body will experience over-exertion and suffer from muscle injuries. Just in case, it is necessary to bring emergency medications such as topical ointments or muscle relaxants such as a topical magnesium, or even a Turmeric supplement. Sometimes, accidents do really happen despite taking a certain level of caution. It is still better to be ready for the just-in-case events rather than be left unprepared during emergency situations.
Have a warm bath- Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles. Relaxing the muscles not only soothes us physically but also mentally. You can incorporate some oils, candles, bubble bath- whatever you’d like!
Read- Curl up with a good book, have some tea and expand your mind through a novel.
Relaxing is essential to our quality of life. We need to take time for us. To unwind and de-stress.
When we relax, the flow of blood increases around our body giving us more energy. It helps us to have a calmer and clearer mind which aids positive thinking, concentration, memory and decision making. Relaxation slows our heart rate, reduces our blood pressure and relieves tension.
So, do your body and mind some good, and just relax a little!