Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
Each of us is wired differently, but one aspect we all have in common: Certain activities relieve stress. When life overflows with tension–the holiday season can be anything but jolly; the year’s end can weigh heavy if goals are unmet–we need to make a conscious decision to relax. But often, instead of pursuing some activity that will minimize the affects of stress, we become so bound up in the situation that we can’t stop trying to press forward.
For me, the list of stress-buster activities is pretty short.
Relax via Exercise.
I find Zumba a refreshing way to get moving, stretch those muscles cramped from hours at the computer, and flex the mind by trying to follow intricate choreography.
Studies show that individuals start to relax 10 to 15 minutes after settling in to read a book, magazine article, or the newspaper. As a matter of fact, the relaxing effect kicks in sooner when a person reads as opposed to pursuing almost any other activity. I read in bed because it causes my mind to shift from the day’s events to the book’s events. And then I slip much more readily into sleep.
Of course, we’ve all read that the light emanating from our e-readers’ screens, television screens, and computer screens disrupt our brains and bodies from preparing to slip into slumber; so I’ve returned to more time reading with a physical book.
Relax via Laughing.
Laughter often is the best medicine. First, it helps us to realize that humor can be found in almost any situation. Second, it makes us stop frowning! Funny how something so small can reset our mental and emotional barometers.
Relax via Aromas.
Certain scents woo our minds into a quieter place. For me, lavender works wonders. I spray lavender on my sheets and pillows to say, “The sleep train is pulling into the station.”
Relax via water.
Combining lavender bath salts with some time soaking in a tub of toasty water are the perfect equation to add up to relaxation for me.
I’m feeling relaxed just writing about relaxation!
What relaxes you?
‘Tis the season to relax. Really. Here are suggestions. Click to tweet.
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