There is no time these days to really kick back and relax – and we mean REALLY relax. Imagine having nothing to do? You can’t because there’s always something that needs to be done. Life is hectic and between work and family time, you rarely get time to just sit and be a person who isn’t thinking about anyone else at any time.
The good news is that you can easily make relaxation a part of your day – much in the way that time for your evening skincare routine. Travel. Eat great food. Find the thing that makes you feel good – no matter what it is! Relaxation has to be a part of your day every day if you want to feel like a vital, valid human being who has a purpose. So, with that in mind, let’s check out the top five ways that you can really let go and just relax.
When was the last time you just played a game? It doesn’t have to be anything cerebral like chess (unless you want it to be!) but sitting back and playing with Initial D Cars or loading up SIMS 3 is a great way to relax. It works to relax you because you are getting out of your own head and your daily life and spending time doing something fun. You don’t have to be a child to play games, you know!
People don’t associate relaxation with exercise, but they do know that there is a link between exercise and stress. When you are stressed, you are not relaxed. So, working out is the way to get there. Putting pressure on your body to perform and lift, move and run is not someone’s idea of fun, but it’s going to release all sorts of happy hormones that are going to make you feel great. Plus, there’s nothing like the feeling of finishing a workout!
Did you know that people find yoga hard because of breathing and not the stretches themselves? Yoga is a great way to make your muscles more supple, but it’s also going to teach you excellent posture and how to breathe deeply and properly. Deep breathing can help your muscles to relax and your brain to switch off of the stress.
Dance It Out
Similarly to exercise, dancing makes us feel good. However, you don’t have to be a ballerina to dance well. You can have a lot of fun cranking up the music for a 30-second dance party around the house. Music is a mood booster, but dancing is going to burn off that nervous energy you’ve got going on and make you feel happier. The sillier you dance, the happier you get.
If you have a friend or family member close to you, go and get a hug. Releasing oxytocin with a hug is going to make you feel good, and it makes you feel loved, too. Hugs can put pressure on your body, which helps you to feel secure and loved. This will help you to better relax and feel wonderful on the inside.