Relax! How, what and why would I do that?
That is what I think to myself when someone says, “you need to relax.” What does that even really mean?
But I have found over the years that it is unique to everyone.
We all operate differently. We are all motivated differently. So why wouldn’t we relax differently?
It has taken me a long time to figure out what works for me. But I have found that if I do not intentionally slow down and recharge, it will eventually be forced upon me.
I am driven by adrenaline. I am always doing something and looking towards the next exciting thing. I am always moving. My husband once told me, “you just don’t sit well.” Yes, I know, thanks!
So why is it so important to relax?
The most obvious reason is to feel more calm and at east; and less stressed out. But did you know relaxation can have a significant impact on your health? Lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, and fewer digestive problems just to name a few. Relaxation can also help you think more clearly, give you more energy and improve memory (I can use all the help I can get with this!)
So, you have to figure out what calms your mind and slows your pace. And there is a difference in relaxing and completely checking out. Binge watching Netflix all weekend or sleeping 14 hours straight does not recharge your mind or body. Actually, it has the opposite affect and takes you longer to get going again.
It is vital that you find what calms your mind and body and what balances you. Here are just a few ideas:
Listen to soothing music
Take a walk
Get a massage
Turn off electronics
Get some sunlight
Read a book
Spend time with family or friends
Enjoy a hobby
Take a bike ride in nature
You will learn to enjoy life more if you can let go of the habit of running all of the time. There is a balance and you owe it to yourself and those around you to be the best version of yourself. So, do yourself a favor and make this a priority 2-3 times a week, you won’t regret it!
EAT – SLEEP – MOVE – RELAX – CONNECT
Jackie Keys Manager of People, Places and Things