Our lives are constantly on the go, between work, chores, kids, pets, family commitments, friends… we barely give ourselves time to even think. But it’s important to actually stop and take a few minutes to simply breathe and collect our thoughts which helps us deal with things with a refreshed and clear state of mind, without getting frustrated or angry.
Meditation doesn’t require much time. Even just 5 minutes of alone time, where we can focus on our breathing is enough to help us feel more relaxed and focused.
While not everyone’s cup of tea, working out has amazing benefits for both body and mind. Take time to find the right workout for you; perhaps you’re more into the slow but focused pace of Yoga and Pilates, or maybe you prefer punching and kicking out all your stress in a Boxing or other Martial Arts class, some people like to just put on a pair of headphones and beat the pavement on a long run. There’s also climbing, hiking, weightlifting, dancing, skipping rope, swimming, and even walking. Whatever you might be into, there’s something for everyone. Just 15 minutes a day can turn your entire day around.
Laughter really is the best medicine, and sometimes we don’t do it enough. When we laugh, our body releases endorphins, a chemical that basically makes us feel good, and who doesn’t want that?
Watch a comedy or funny videos on YouTube, hang out with people who make you laugh, tell silly jokes with family, play games… take the opportunity to feel joy whenever you can.
Lately, it seems like we can’t even go through the night without hearing our phones beeping. Text messages, emails, Facebook messages, WhatsApp, Instagram… we are always on, and it’s time to switch off. We spend hours every day in front of our computers and tuned into our phones at the same time, we go home to watch television or browse the internet, and even on our days off, we receive emails and text messages from work.
Switch off your laptop, put your phone on silent, and do something that doesn’t require you looking at a screen. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it does for your mental health. The less time we spend looking at our electronics, the more relaxed and happy we’ll feel.
Is there anything else you would add to our list? How do you like to relax? Let us know in the comments!
Happy Holidays, everyone ?