Do you ever feel the walls caving in around you? Like a fish out of water! You can’t breathe, you can’t sleep, and you are tired! What you may be experiencing is exhaustion. Exhaustion can be the result of long work hours, low pay and the ever growing demand of instant gratification of now- now- now from your kids, partner or employer. According to the annual Work Stress survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College, 73 percent of Americans are stressed. You may be one of that 73% too. In situations like this it is important that you take time out to restore your energy or run the risk of creating both mental and physical issues. Follow these relaxation tips to rejuvenate yourself.
Take a break. In some cases, you may be able to take a break and walk away from a stressful situation. Whether you are at work or at home, stepping away can help clear your mind so that you can refocus and approach any issues from a new angle. Take a walk around the block or sit outside for a few moments.
Learn breathing techniques. Take a deep breath and hold it for 5 seconds. Slowly release the breath and wait 5 seconds before taking another breath. As you exhale, imagine you are releasing all the negativity from your mind and body. With each intake of breath, imagine you are ingesting vitality and positivity. Repeat for several minutes until you feel you are relaxed enough to refocus on your tasks.
Get away. Time away can help clear your head and rejuvenate yourself. You could simply take the day off and stay at home or you may wish to truly get away with a vacation. If you go away with family or friends, make sure to keep the atmosphere as free of conflicts as possible. Going from 1 stressful environment to another will not help you restore your energy.
Pamper yourself. Spend a day at the spa or give yourself a pedicure and enjoy a long hot bath. Add bath salts and fragrant bubbles to your bath. Lavender is a wonderful scent that helps with rejuvenation. You may also wish to turn on soft, relaxing music in the background and light candles, similar to the environment you would get at a spa.
Disconnect yourself. If it is at all possible, turn off your cellular phone and computer. Give yourself an hour or a few days of no distractions as you rejuvenate yourself. This will allow you to truly immerse yourself in relaxing activities without distractions from work or other outside influences. You may wish to check messages in case of emergencies, but only check them sporadically and only return calls for things that truly need immediate action.
There are several ways to rejuvenate the body and it’s important to remember to take time for yourself. Whether it’s a steam bath, meditation or yoga the practice of rejuvenation can help relax the mind ease the body and replenish the soul.
Written By: Candice Hurst
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