In the society we live in today, we are always on the go, everything is fast-paced, and 24 hours is just not enough! I first hand know about this! There’s good stress and there’s bad stress. Today I will address the bad and possibly another time I might address the good. The bad version of stress is detrimental. Trust me! The way we currently live in this day and age, we do not realize the amount of stress we are under simply because of the way life rolls. Everything is fast paced. We fit more than we can handle in one day. We get the bare minimum amount of sleep and survive the next day off of caffeine and energy drinks.
Such stress weakens our immune system and causes things like depression, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, chronicle migraines and many more. Yet, our body speaks to us and lets us know when we have taken too much, the body is stressed and rest is needed.
We get body aches, headaches, easily irritated and struggle falling asleep and staying awake. These are all signs of your body needing to rest. We tend to ignore them and still push on and on and on. So, when I find my body, mind and spirit in this state I have some go to things I do to relax. I am here to share them with you!
1. I create a relaxing space in my room!
a. By having an assortment of plants in my room that creates a natural green atmosphere that I can enjoy.
b. By decorating in a color scheme that just gives me pure happiness. I tend to lean toward pastel colors. You really can relax just feeling the color!
c. By reorganizing my space. I find cleaning and arranging to be therapeutic. So, I at times clean my whole room and fold my clothes and organize everything. I open the window to allow the stale air out and fresh air in. Try it, it works!
d. Listening to music. I tend to lean towards classical music, instrumentals, tracks of natural sounds in nature such as birds chirping and rain falling; anything that is soothing and calming I will play it. This help you collect yourself, lay down and simply relax!
2. I take a soothing hot bath!
After a long day of stress, nothing is better than soaking in nice smelling warm water. Add some Epsom salt and the heat will calm the nervous system while the salt helps relieves bodily pain. Stress causes the muscles of the body to tighten. A hot bath relaxes the muscles and gives you relief. Take weekly baths and see wonders happen in your busy bee schedule.
3. I go for a drive!
Driving is a fantastic way to relieve stress! If you don’t drive, walking works the same way as well. In order to fully benefit from this, you need to tell yourself you are going to take it easy. I drive at a comfortable speed between 40 to 60 km/ hr while jamming to my favorite songs that makes me want to just dance or sing along at the top of my voice. Who cares who’s watching?
These are some of the thing that works for me! It ain’t easy being a busy body and life must go on. Yet, sometimes taking a moment to relax may just be what is needed to allow you to continue working hard and better.
By: Edith Berko
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