31 Days of learning to breathe: Relaxing
Can we have a raise of hands of those who struggle to relax? I think it's safe to say that we might all feel guilty at times if we even think that word. Society or other "busy" people, have given the word relax a bad rap. But what we forget is that the ability to relax; our heart, mind, body, soul and spirit is vital to our well being. If we live in a constant state of stress, anxiety, busyness, anger, ___________ (fill in the blank) every aspect of our life will be affected. It's unavoidable. We. NEED. To. Learn. To. Relax. To. Breathe.
I think that part of learning to breathe is learning how to relax. How to just let go throughout the day and take it all in. To take time to just take some deep breaths, to observe your surroundings, to appreciate all that is around you. To be intentional to recognize what is going on in our heart, mind, body, soul and spirit and be willing to say "I need to take a few moments and reset", "I need to pause and do something different to release this stress or tension".
A few definitions of relax that I came upon were:
- make or become less tense or anxious
- rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious.
- Listen to music that soothes us
- deep breathing exercises
- sit in the sun
- look out a window
- take a quick walk
- get some fresh air
- keep a journal handy and jot it down
- play a mind game (to take your mind of what's bothering you)
- create a peaceful surrounding; calm colors, plants, things that make you happy
- DO NOT turn to social media. That's probably not going to relax you
- Go on a hike, drive or bike ride
- Have coffee with a good friend
- Take part in yoga
- Positive self talk
- get good sleep