Sunset at Arambol Beach, Goa

Ever feel like you just need a break? I can get pretty worked up and stressed out (if you follow me on Facebook, you already know this). But recently I’ve started to pay a bit more attention to myself—to listen to my body and slow down when I need to. It’s important to keep your mind and your body relaxed—something I continually have to remind myself. Here are 3 ways I keep myself relaxed:

Go to the spa

I first visited a spa in Germany a few months back. It was quite the experience. In Germany, most folks let it all hang loose in the spa or sauna. Something I’m not used to but once I let go of my inhibitions, it was actually quite freeing! When I visit Budapest later this summer I plan to visit one of those amazing spas the city is known for. And I’m hoping to visit London again (after the Olympics and World Pride) so perhaps I’ll include a relaxing visit to a cheap spa, too—anything to keep me relaxed in both body and mind.

Yoga

I first tried yoga in Tel Aviv. It wasn’t my favorite activity but with a bit more practice, yoga is definitely something I could see myself doing more of. But it’s no where near as easy as it may look! Still, with a million YouTube videos showing you the basic moves, yoga doesn’t have to be a first-world solution.

Meditation

This is the most likely (and easiest) way for me to remain sane. I like to light a candle, turn off the music, the lights, all the things around me. And if I just sit and space out for a while I can finally start to feel relaxed. Staring into the flame of the candle really helps and if you do this enough times eventually you forget what’s in your mind. A useful trick if you’re trying to re-focus!

How do you keep yourself relaxed? Share your tips below!

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