You’d think with Covid-19 kicking in this year and having to stay at home and do nothing, we would all be a little relaxed. Wrong! In fact, we have been the opposite and more stressed than ever. Add to that feeling the pressure of having to ‘do more’ during the lockdown, such as keeping fit, baking, learning a new skill, relaxation has been relegated to the bottom of the pile of the things we need to do.
But with today being National Relaxation Day, we need to pause for thought and get our priorities right. We need to take a moment and realise that putting relaxing first is far more productive in the long run. It’s no wonder meditation has been hailed as one of the best ways to slow down so that we can function properly the rest of the time.
Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our overworked minds and body is important for overall health. Too much running around is bad for our health and make us feel run-down, unable to think clearly, and eventually sick. And that is just downright wrong. There are several ways to keep stress at bay and we can relax with a myriad of activities.
Here are some of my favourites:
Reading a book
A picnic in the park
Walk along the beach
Drive and/or walk in the country
Baking or cooking
Watch a movie – especially something funny
Have a coffee/lunch with a friend
And I am sure there’s plenty more that you can think. So, use National Relaxation Day on August 15th to slow down and unwind. But remember you don’t just want to relax as a one-off. Make it a priority in your life. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
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