How do you relieve stress? Since stress is additive, it is important to be deliberate about how to relax. The phenomenon of solving problems while we sleep and while we are not thinking about them is well documented. But, in our hectic world we all need time to ourselves for peace and quiet. Knowing how to relax is only half the battle. Many of us need to schedule our relaxation so that there are no intrusions. Many people need to take more time alone with themselves to reflect, just watch clouds, listen to the surf, or feel the wind buffeting them.
How Do You Relieve Stress?
Think about what you do to relax. If you have trouble coming up with an answer in under 5 or 10 seconds you need to put a stress relief strategy together. You should know how you relax and how long it takes depending on how stressed, overwhelmed or tired you are. Our bodies and minds need opportunities to regenerate. If you don’t make the effort to relax, you are shortening your life and putting your health at risk. If your answer does not involve some amount of quiet time, you may want to consider adding some to your routine.
When we take time to be alone, we remove ourselves further from the pressures that other people in our lives put on us (whether they mean to or not.) This combined with mental quietness allows your mind to relax and process information with as few emotional or social blockages as possible. You will have the chance to truly let go and even though you may not realize till later, your mind will be working on problems, just like in your sleep. Meditation (also alone) can be another activity that produces relaxation and solutions to some of your current problems. You may also find that meditation is many things and staring at the clouds or listening to the surf can induce the same calm mental state.
It sounds easy. But in our frenetic, over socialized world, many people report feeling uncomfortable with being alone. Also, if you find you have trouble finding the time for this in your schedule, then actually schedule it. Put a half hour of awake, alone quiet time for yourself on your calendar. You won’t regret it. This is how to relax.