Most of us want to escape the hustle and bustle of this world. Just be in a place where you can relax your body and mind, breathe and appreciate the beauty of life as it is, listen to the sound of the wind, watch the waves in the ocean, wait for the sun to rise and set. Who wouldn’t want to experience such, even for just a moment.
Your Mind And Body Needs to Relax
Relaxation gives your body a chance to cool down. The more relaxed you get, the clearer you think, the more efficient you will be. Doing things right create a sense of satisfaction and this gives you joy. The glow of joy and enthusiasm in you can be contagious. You can affect people around you and boost their mood, too. But sometimes, the very thought of relaxation is what’s stopping us to relax, equating relaxation with money.
Simple Inexpensive Relaxing Activities You Can Benefit From
Relaxation can be inexpensive. When stress comes and visits you, try doing some simple activities to woo them away.
- Deep breathing exercises. This allows you to zone out for a while. Breathing can stabilize your heart rate, blood pressure, and decrease muscle tension. According to Emma Seppala, PhD, “Breathing can change how we feel because emotions and breathing are closely connected.”
- Walking, jogging or swimming can help limit the effects of stress on your body. It doesn’t have to be long, doing it for 20-30 minutes is enough to help boost your mood.
- Be positive. Train your thoughts on positive thinking. Stress is not always a negative thing. It sometimes helps you focus better on things like preparing for a test or meeting a project deadline. Looking at stress in the positive light will lessen the stress.
- “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Your body benefits a lot from simply laughing. It reduces your urge to eat, increases your immune system, increases your pain tolerance, and heals and lessen stress.
- Good reads. Reading is one good way to relax. It reduces your stress level by 68% according to Dr. David Lewis, a cognitive neuropsychologist. You don’t need to finish a book. Being able to concentrate on your reading for a moment takes your mind away from the stress allowing your mind and body to relax.
- Music is life. Listening to music helps you get back on your “me zone,” bringing back beautiful memories that boost your happiness. According to psychologist Jennifer Mulder, “Distract yourself with positive activities. Your working memory has a limited capacity, so listening to soft music or reading an uplifting story literally takes your mind off unpleasant sensations.”
- Sip your favorite cup of tea. Tea contains amino acid that produces a calming effect. The aroma of dried leaves and flowers has a soothing effect that helps you relax after a busy day.
- Explore things you’ve always wanted to do. Doing the things you love doing gives you joy. It is medically and scientifically proven that doing work you don’t enjoy shortens your lifespan.
Benefits Your Body Gets From Relaxation
Having the urge to relax is our bodies response to the stress life is giving us. Relaxation clears our mind, remove clouds from our thinking, and make us do things effectively. You can relax not worrying about money by seeing things in a positive way, remembering some funny moments in your life, often laughing with family, friends, and co-workers, doing things you enjoy. When things seem too much to handle, take a deep breath, read a book, go for a walk or jog, listen to music, or sip a tea. Things that will keep you relaxed is just around you. “Learning to relax on the go can help short term when you feel that rise in anxiety and help you focus on what you need to do next. The more your practice them, the more effective they become. Doing them often is one of the best habits to cultivate to reduce stress in your life,” psychologist Nancy Darling, Ph.D explained.
Relax, the best things in life are free!