I’ve always had a “go, go, go” mentality in life. When one thing is finished, I automatically turn to the next task or item on my to-do list. When I sit down and take time to relax, I can sometimes even have a guilty feeling associated with taking a break. I feel like I should be being productive, or crossing the next thing off my to-do list. I often bring home papers to grade or lesson ideas to plan, and as soon as I get home, I hit the ground running and will throw in laundry, head to the gym, leave again to run errands, etc. When I get back home from the gym, I’ll feel like I have to start on the work I brought home, and before I know it, it’s time to get up and do it all again. This “go, go, go” mentality is great for getting things done – but it’s equally as important to take time to stop, rest, and breathe in life. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself stressed and over-tired. (Speaking from personal experience here.)
For me, I find that relaxing has to be an intentional piece in my life. Since my mantra in life is to “Build a Balanced Life,” part of leading a balanced life means taking time to relax as well. I have been working lately on stopping and choosing to do an activity that helps me relax, buying a favorite candle or lotion, or taking time for myself. It’s a process for me, but I’m learning in life that sometimes that load of laundry can wait until tomorrow, and the best thing to do is pour yourself a glass of wine, sit on the deck, and simply be present in the moment.
Below are a few ways that have helped me find relaxation and balance in my life, so I hope they provide ideas for you as well if you are like me and have a hard time stopping in life! Feel free to share ways that help you relax following this post – I’d love to hear new ideas!
This one has been huge for me lately. If I’ve had a hard day at work, or am feeling stressed, taking the time to get a drink or go out to dinner and just talk with this guy has really helped me relax. Thankful to have such a great guy in my life!
I’m a country girl, and often turn on Pandora while working or cooking. Once I hear a song I like, I tend to put it on repeat and listen to it (over and over) until I find a new favorite. Anyone else do this?! My current favorite stations are Dylan Scott and Sam Hunt.
I picked up this Headache Soother Aromatherapy stick at Whole Foods recently, and love the way it immediately relaxes me and soothes my headache. I roll a little on my forehead, temples, and around my sinuses. The scents of peppermint and lavender come together to cool and ease any tension I’m feeling. While this doesn’t make my headache completely disappear, it eases the tension quite a bit and helps me to relax. These are my two favorite scents, so I’m so glad I tried this! I also love using the this Aromatherapy Body Wash from Bath and Body Works. I tried the Eucalyptus Spearmint stress relief scent, and it smells so good. Instant relaxation!
This one is so simple, but I love having a candle burning often. It just makes my house smell better, and automatically adds a calming aura to the environment.
I just finished reading Me Before You, by JoJo Meyes. The first few chapters were a little slower in my opinion, as we were introduced to the characters and basis of the plot. Once I got further into this book, I couldn’t put it down and finished it within a week. This book certainly didn’t end how I expected it to, but it forces you to re-think your idea of who you are, and shows how even one person, whose life is so vastly different than yours, can have such a strong impact on your life. The topics and events far extend this novel from your typical love story, but tug at your heart strings nonetheless. I highly recommend adding this one to your reading list!
In Me Before You, “Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?”
*Book Review taken from Amazon.com
Since I’m registered for the Across the Bay 10K in November, I have been incorporating more running into my fitness routine lately. I focused much more on lifting this past year, but with a 10K coming up, I know I need to get back out there, so I’ve been running more often lately. Whenever I take a break from running and then start back up again, I’m always reminded of how much I love the sport. Running is a great way to provide stress relief, and I know fellow runners out there can attest to that!
- What’s your favorite way to relax?