Do you grab the remote control to watch the boob tube? Do you grab a nice cold beer or a cool glass of wine? Maybe you grab a cigarette or a joint. Whatever you do to relax is a representation of your current level of consciousness. What do I mean by this you ask? Well not too long ago I too indulged in a glass of wine or two when I needed to relax. I grabbed the remote and sank into the couch to leave the cares of the world behind me. At one point I also puffed on a stogy and lit a joint, but you know what I eventually realized? I wasn’t relaxing at all. Actually I was putting more stress on my body by using these substances and taking in the energy from the media’s influences. Now if you currently do these things or a portion of these things to relax, I am by no means here to condemn you, but I am here to let you know that there is a better healthier way to relax.
1- Go for a walk. Walking gets you moving and gets you out into nature
2- Do some deep breathing exercises. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth
3- Sit in silence for a few minutes each day. Sitting in silence shuts out all of the outside influences and brings your sense of awareness to yourself
4- Exercise. I know this sounds counterproductive but it’s not. Exercising is one of the best ways to get more oxygen to your brain. It increases your endorphins and it wears you out!! So now you can relax comfortably and you also feel better about yourself because you found time to add some exercise into your day
5- Listen to soft music. Music can be soothing or it can be non-soothing. Find music that is soothing and has healing properties. Soft, gentle music
6- Learn to massage yourself. Massage your temples, massage your arms. Shrug your shoulders up and down. Roll your head left to right and up and down.
7- Count. Count in your mind from 1-100. This will put some space between you and what’s going on around you. Tune everything else out by counting in your head. Close your eyes and count.
8- Do Yoga. Yoga not only strengthens your body, but it strengthens your mind and relaxes you. With all of the breathing techniques associated with yoga, you can’t go wrong. Afterward, you will fee relaxed, rejuvenated and revived.
9-Meditate. There are many forms of meditation, so you have to find one that works for you. My particular practice consists of sitting in silence for about a half hour. Sit there, let your thoughts pass by like the wind. Other times I listen to soft soothing music, close my eyes and watch my breath. Watch your breath of life. The breath that sustains and keeps you alive.
10- Take a nap. Napping is a good way to relax. Napping takes stress away and puts your body in a nice relaxed state.
Have a Blessed Day!!
Peace & Love <3 <3 <3