It seems odd to put out a “challenge” to relax, but a challenge seemed more appropriate than simply asking readers to think about how they could relax. As you’ve read here this week, relaxing is something that must be done, not simply thought about. And so, this your challenge to relax.
Here we go….
You may be a person who relaxes often or someone who rarely does; either way, we all can relax more than we do. These challenges go out to all.
- Right now, what are your shoulders doing? Are they somewhere up around your ears? Breathe in deeply through your nose and let them drop as you exhale. Push those guys down if you need to (I need to!). Repeat until your shoulders are truly relaxed and where they should be.
- Now that you’re more relaxed, check out your schedule next week and find 30 minutes when you can plan to relax. What will you do? Below are a few suggestions.
- Go for a walk. Alone. No headphones. Just you and your thoughts.
- Light some candles, fill the bathtub, and soak.
- Lie down and listen to calming music, ocean waves or loons.
- If you can carve off 60 minutes, get a massage. Or a facial. Or meet a friend you haven’t seen in too long.
- What if none of these things sounds appealing to you? Use your 30 minutes to figure out what relaxes you. Pay attention over the next few days and recognize when your stress level goes down. Capture and remember those things so you can do more of them.
- Do you have kids in your life? Find time to do something relaxing with them. Children often respond favorably to bike rides, walking the dog, or playing a card game. You’ll be teaching them how to relax and they won’t even know it!
- Extra credit: Make that 30-minute (or 60-minute) time slot a recurring event.
Relax. Refresh. Renew.