While we have many roles to play and we wear several different hats, it’s important to take care of yourself by exercising, eating well and taking time to de-stress. But in order to do this, we have to learn how to relax and you may be surprised how many people have no idea how to do that.
Many people think that plopping in front of the television or computer when they have some free time constitutes relaxing, but in reality, if it doesn`t enrich your inner self in some way, like invoking a sense of calm or tension relief, inactivity doesn’t always equal relaxation.
There are several things you can do to relax and regroup:
Take up a hobby or passion: If you’ve ever seen a person playing with their dog, you can see the joy it brings to both of them. This kind of activity is not only good for your soul but allows for some exercise, as well, which is helpful in gaining a state of relaxation. Any hobby or activity aligned with your passion is also a great way to find a deeper sense of meaning.
Take time to go within: Things like deep breathing exercises, journaling and meditation are all great for de-stressing, calming down and getting back to the most important person in your world – you. Taking a time out for yourself will help you feel more relaxed and help to combat stress and anxiety.
Change your perspective. Remember there are others not as fortunate as you: When situations arise, it’s important to ask yourself the question, “Will this matter in a few days or years?” The answer is most likely no, so stop focussing on the little problems and stresses and try instead to focus on the bigger picture. Sometimes a changed perspective is the best way to find relaxation, so maybe you can volunteer at a hospital or anywhere that people would appreciate your help and support and find that new perspective you need.