How to (Actually) Relax

If you’re a go-getter constantly on the move, finding the time to relax can be a challenge. Plus, when you do find the time, it can be hard to turn your brain off and unwind. Here are a few tips to help you sit back and relax!

Do Yoga or Meditate

No, this doesn’t mean you should take a challenging yoga class. Instead, find a calming, low-energy video online or practice a few yoga poses that bring you serenity and just melt into them. The purpose is to give yourself a breather and simmer down from a long day or week. This short reprieve will bring you to the level of relaxation needed to clear your mind and relax.

Commit to Doing Nothing

Clear your schedule, let your family and friends know that you’re unavailable for plans, and do nothing. Don’t do the dishes, don’t vacuum the floors, don’t do any work at all. Instead, focus on the things that bring you joy. And when you want to move on, do it. Your day is entirely yours.

Be Introspective

Think about what relaxes you – because it will be different for everyone. If you find relaxation in watching a horror movie marathon, then that’s what you should do. If you crave peace and quiet, then that’s the way to spend your time. Think about what you like to do and incorporate it into your schedule.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

Oftentimes, we feel like we should always be working toward a goal. While it’s great to be striving for the next best thing, everyone needs mental breaks. So if you’re constantly going, going, going, take a step back and cut yourself some slack. If you need a break, take it. Giving yourself permission to breathe is important, so use the opportunity when you have it.

Plan a Do-Nothing Vacation

If you have the budget (and time) to go on vacation, this is the perfect way to get some relaxation in. However, you must use the time to chill instead of constantly jumping from one activity to the next (save that for another trip). Instead, focus on relaxation, and do your best to do nothing but sit back and enjoy.

Enjoying your downtime is just as important as getting up and moving. There’s nothing wrong with moving at a fast pace and being goal-oriented, but it means you have to also actively make time for relaxation. These tips are a great starting point to help you get there!

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