Finding a way to relax is integral to maintaining a healthy mind and body. It protects the heart while lowering your risk of stroke, boosts your memory and keeps you safe from depression. Folks use all sorts of strategies to relax – not all of them healthful.
With this last thought in mind, here are seven relaxing – and healthy!– activities that you can do in the office or at home – indoors and out – to create and maintain a serene disposition:
Do some exercise
Lift weights, ride a bike or simply take a walk. While improving the state of your body, all of these activities will also clear your mind and allow you to relax. In addition, exercise promotes better sleep at night and thus a healthier, more relaxed frame of mind in the morning.
It is amazing how much a little mental “downtime” can improve your disposition especially if you are involved in a tense or busy day. Meditation is the perfect remedy as it can be performed in almost any situation. Try taking ten minutes before lunch at the office and another ten minutes in the evening to relieve any stress caused by your commute.
Take a bath
If you have the time, light a few candles and some incense, grab something sweet and take a hot bath. Even just soaking your feet can work. Either activity engages all the senses and provides a powerfully relaxing experience for your mind and your muscles.
Hit the sauna
Similarly, a short “schvitz” will clear the mind as well as the pores. Follow it up with a quick dip in a cool pool for maximum effect. You can even add some essentials oils to the sauna and get some aromatherapy at the same time.
Take a nap
The restorative effects of sleep are well-documented. What isn't as well known is how a short nap – 15 minutes or so – in the middle of the afternoon can do wonders for a person's disposition. People who sleep well live longer, are generally healthier and maintain a more positive attitude throughout the day.
Go for a swim
If you live near the water or own a swimming pool, consider going for a dip. You don't necessarily need to do laps. Just float and let your mind wander. A quick swim will also cool you off on those hot summer days and we all know how stressful they can be.
Stretching is a great way to relax the body and the mind. Yoga offers a whole host of techniques and positions that can enhance the practitioner's physical and mental faculties. While it'll take some time and effort to master this ancient technique, the results can be life-transforming.
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