The art of relaxation is more than getting away from the daily grind, and it is more than the absence of stress. It is something positive and satisfying that leads to peace of mind. True relaxation requires becoming sensitive to one’s basic needs for inner peace, self-awareness, and thoughtful contemplation. Having the willingness to meet these needs rather than ignoring or dismissing them, is crucial.
In the course of a day, people can become distracted from their activities by personal problems – confrontations with family members, disagreements with employers, poor living or working conditions, boredom, or loneliness. It is easy to get so preoccupied with surviving, thinking, organizing, living, and working that a person disregards his or her needs for relaxation.
The continuing pressures of everyday life take a heavy toll on the physical and mental well-being of millions of people each year. The origins of common diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, and headaches shows a connection between stress and the development of such ailments. In the area of mental health, stress frequently underlies emotional and behavioral problems, including addictions.
Are your days being spent just working with no time for relaxation? Is the turbulence and pressure of everyday life wearing you down? Dealing with difficult or complex tasks, or trying to master business matters, can generate stress. Stress tends to divert our attention from important quality of life choices like: spending time with family, friends; and enjoying health and exercise.
Are your days being spent just working with no time for relaxation?
In our hurried world it’s easy to feel like we should be on the go constantly. Getting caught up in daily activities and neglecting ourselves seems to be a common occurrence. Rather than relaxing we might be staying late at the office to finish a report, sending emails, or connecting with friends on various social networks. Bear in mind that there are no guarantees that your health will remain strong. Spending time in a high-pressure workplace is very demanding of mind, body and spirit.
Unfortunately, because of our conditioning, many of us tolerate stress and anxiety as the status quo. To be more effective, we must realize that it is acceptable to want to get away and do something relaxing and refreshing. Furthermore, it is important to grasp that it is not efficient to endure an uncomfortable environment without a break.
If you feel that a brief getaway may be reinvigorating, you are probably right. Without a doubt, engaging in relaxing activities is a must for anyone that wishes to recharge their batteries. Practicing the art of relaxation succeeds in waking us up and reminds us just how important rejuvenation is.
As humans, we have the power to influence the environment around us by adopting a positive attitude. We can choose to be a positive force in the world that makes a difference. In order to accomplish this, we need to get ourselves into the right frame of mind. If we are permitting our problems
to bear down on us day after day; if we allow negative energy and influences to accumulate so that positive ideas have been choked off; if there is disharmony and imbalance in our lives and relationships, then perhaps it is time to take a break. It is not what we do that is important but why we do it. True happiness and contentment does exist; we sometimes have to go looking for it.
For those seeking to rebalance their lives, there is immense power in taking a getaway vacation. Taking time away from our normal environment to recharge, renew and refresh will help us make sense of the concept of relaxation and why it plays such a vital role in our interactions with other people. And yes, when we are away, enveloped in natural wonders, there is even a strong possibility that we may change our perceptions, actions, and the world around us.
For those seeking to re-balance their lives, there is immense power in taking a getaway vacation.
True success is achieving a goal that is more than material; real success includes spiritual connection, emotional renewal, health cultivation, social contentment and career satisfaction.
We all possess the ability to modify ourselves. Putting ourselves in a different environment will help us change the way we think, the way we handle obstacles, and ultimately the way we feel. Once we recognize how to tap into these areas, we will discover that our attitudes change in a constructive way, and thus the path to contentment becomes that much easier to achieve.
Most of us seek harmony in our lives; and when things are off-kilter, tenseness can arise. On the other hand, when we are calm and relaxed, we are in an optimal state for functioning. What is important is that we become aware and understand how nervous tension operates, how it unfolds and how it can take over our lives and keep us off track. In order to aid our consciousness, we can provide ourselves with the tools that are needed to dissolve the agitation that is often triggered by a plethora of events in modern life. Consider taking a few days to a destination that promotes health and well-being. It should be pointed out that becoming refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated is not only important to the whole of us, it also affects
every cell, joint and body part.
One of the most obvious benefits of taking a getaway is the comprehensive nature of simple individual tasks that are extremely influential. These exertions serve as effective motivators in helping us take control of our lives so we can deal with the many challenges we all have to face.
For example, travel forces us to step out of our comfort zone. When we are willing to do that, we are likely to create fissures in our well-crafted façade. Travel enhances our confidence as we learn to trust in our abilities and ourselves. Establishing a sense of confidence requires knowing what we are all about while at the same time respecting who we are. We can learn to embody many positive traits: autonomy, detachment, experiencing new realities, being laid back, egalitarianism, joyfulness, empathy, dutifulness, appreciation, creativity, exuberance and transcendence. This, in some sense, contributes to our evolution. The mind, body and spirit are greatly nourished by any type of excursion because it tends to change our viewpoint.
Time away can be a potent opportunity that challenges us to step back and evaluate our lives and personal decisions.
A tension-free vacation can relax our minds enough to get at what is rooted inside our heads. Then we can convert the raw material of our ideas into something usable and meaningful.
Going on a relaxing journey has helped many people solve all kinds of business challenges and problems. When they return to their normal lives, they bring these qualities into their orbit, their work, and relationships. It seems these days there are dozens of hotels, towns and cities that are competing for our attention in trying to convince us that they have the enchanting ingredients for a great trip.
The ideal destination could be an off-the-beaten track kind of place that is far removed from the noise and commotion of city life. It should be a place that allows us to dig deep within ourselves and initiate beneficial change that improves and enriches our lives. Here, our brains can think profoundly, more thoroughly and more introspectively than under regular circumstances. The benefits of this getaway bring clarity, focus, productivity and new attitudes to our thinking. Obstacles in our mind can become miraculously cleared.
Time away can be a potent opportunity that challenges us to step back and evaluate our lives and personal decisions. We can engage our innermost imagination and creativity, which helps us to become more articulate about our ideas. We can access knowledge we may have forgotten, and can cut resistance that allows for breakthrough thought generation.
In order to relax, let go of the desire to constantly be doing something. Learn to release tension and embrace rest. It is perfectly fine to take time out of normal routines and take care of your needs. Practice walking meditation or yoga if you want to slow down.
Don’t get caught up in the concept that you should always be active. Instead, attempt to do less and you may discover you can accomplish more. Cultivate focus and take notice of your hopes, fears and dreams. Here are some additional tips to help you relax.
1. Take frequent naps. Naps contribute to a happy life.
2. Listen to your body.
3. Snuggle up on the couch, with a blanket, and be still.
4. Spend time with your pet. Studies have shown that spending time with a pet can lower stress levels.
5. Practice deep breathing and meditation.
6. Give hugs. Hugging increases happiness.
7. Cook healthy meals at home. Use quality ingredients like whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
8. Treat yourself to a massage.
9. Take dancing classes.
10. Participate in activities or hobbies that relax you.
11. Smile and laugh.
12. Listen to calming music.
13. Observe your surroundings.
14. Take a long hot bath.
15. Read a good book.
16. Imagine a personal sanctuary.
17. Learn to prioritize your tasks.
18. Go on a slow meditative walk.
19. Take a scenic, leisurely bike ride.
20. Exercise daily.
21. Do less.
Use your vacation time as an opportunity for diversion, restoring your energy, and securing new experiences. Turn off your body clock. Attempt to gain satisfaction from simply “being” instead of “doing” or “striving.” The key to getting the best results from a relaxing trip is simple: Find those activities which give you pleasure; pursue them, and commit your time and focus. Achieving complete mental and physical well-being is the main reason for participating in the activity.
Try to dedicate some peaceful time daily for breathing and meditation. Sit comfortably and quietly in a chair for a 5 to 20 minute period. Surrender the weight of your body and allow the chair to support you. Close your eyes, inhale and exhale saying to yourself, “I am relaxed.” Notice your thoughts and let them go. As you inhale and exhale, continue repeating, “I am relaxed.”
Doing even a few minutes of this kind of meditation, can result in decreased blood pressure and pulse rate; and the strain on the heart is reduced. Overtaxed nerve centers are refreshed and muscle tension drops. During meditation, a very small amount of vital energy is being consumed. The remaining energy, which is being continually produced by the cells of the body, can be stored and accumulated for future use.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: C.J. Good is a wellness practitioner, keynote guest speaker, lecturer and award-winning author of “Little Gifts of Sustainable Contentment” and “Precious Gifts of Love” ~ self-help, motivational, and inspirational books available on Amazon. (Reviews 4.5-5 Stars / Look Inside) C.J. Good writes on topics about finding and cultivating contentment in seven key life areas. Her purpose is to write quality books that will make a difference in reader’s lives. How we can feel better about ourselves and how we can interact with one another is the basis for ultimate contentment. Values such as integrity, love, compassion, understanding and inner peace are inherent in the writings of C.J. Good. Visit her Amazon page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003SZ2U66. To learn more about contentment: http://www.sustainablecontentment.com ~ Twitter: GoodAffirmation