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.
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.
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!
I just go to a beach or a park and sit around. A day of doing nothing seems to be the best way for me to relax and unwind. I love yoga but it’s hard to do at home alone.
Doing nothing is probably one of the best ways to relax, and yet it always makes me so stressed! I need to learn to stop worrying…
I love sitting by large bodies of water; seas, oceans, river estuaries. Just contemplating the power of that volume of water and listening to the sound of it I find very relaxing. A form of meditation, I suppose.
It’s all good advice, Adam; the same way that you only get one life, you only get one body. You’ve good to take care of it if you want to get the most out of life!
Water has such a calming affect for me, too! When I lived in Tel Aviv, I used to enjoy just going for a walk on the beach at sunset. Definitely a form of meditation.
Sex is also effective :D