It seems in this busy day and age relaxing is a lost art. To simply unwind, to rest, to chill – it’s as if all these verbs make up a serious sin, something that should not be named. There is this obsession with becoming overworked, people seem to take pride in how little they sleep, and how long their hours are. And while we of course understand and support people being proud of their work, at one point it all becomes counterproductive and somewhat dreary.
By unwinding and relaxing in your own living room, you will get a bit more energy to accomplish your goals and dreams. Not only that, but it’s good for you. Some rest and relaxation will decrease your stress levels, which will, in turn, strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, and do wonders for your general sense of fulfillment and wellbeing.
It seems nobody has time to read anymore. This is a shame since reading is one of the most fulfilling activities a person can do. It keeps your mind sharp, it educates you, and it helps you keep your mind off the troubles of the day and the issues of tomorrow. However, don’t force yourself to read non-fiction and the classics if you don’t want to. Sure, serious literature may be more fulfilling and may “train” your mind more than some light reading, but the point here is for you to relax. Forcing yourself to read things you are not interested will only give you the exact positive effect of relaxation. While working up towards something more challenging is definitely something you should strive towards, you should still let yourself off the hook.
Exercise will strengthen your body and will help you let out any negative energy. Anything from some vigorous calisthenics circuit, to a soothing half hour of yoga will do wonders for you. Some cardio on a treadmill or stationary bicycle will strengthen your circulatory system, and you will feel absolutely refreshed after you are done.
Perhaps a simple thing as light stretching or using a breo massager to soothe your aching back and muscles is actually all you need. Just try to get as much exercise as you can, even if it’s just ten minutes every other day.
Spruce up your living room
If you truly want to get the most out of your relaxation time, you should fix up your living room as much as you can. The human subconscious is a strange thing, we pick up on things all the time. Even if you think you don’t care, a dirty and messy living room won’t allow you to relax no matter how hard you try. So, always keep it clean and tidy.
Also, try to make it as beautiful as possible. Get some plants in there. Set it up so that you can get as much natural light as possible. Get some paintings and photos as well. If needed, paint the whole room in either bright and energetic colours, like green, yellow, or blue, or go with something a bit more soothing, like brown or purple.
Keep a journal
Keeping a diary is not just something for teenaged girls. By keeping a daily journal, you allow yourself to focus your mind, to set clear goals, and to give yourself little reminders. By just writing down your day and your thought, you will be able to “empty out” your mind. Writing down things that bother you on paper will structure your thoughts, and may give you an idea on how you can solve an issue that’s bothering you.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a regular journal. You can write about whatever comes to mind. There is no need to stress and obsess over actually finishing anything. You can begin a short story or a poem, and never finish it. Remember, the point of keeping a journal in this situation is not for you to become a professional writer, but rather, for you to relax.
And there you have it folks, a couple of ways you can relax at home. Our daily lives are stressful enough as it is, and having an hour or two just for ourselves is sometimes all we need to recharge our batteries. A good book, a nice living room, writing our thoughts down, and a bit of exercise is a panacea for our modern ills.