I just need to relax.
Our everyday routine encourages us to always be in a hurry, to be stressed and feel like it’s impossible to finish all the tasks on our to-do list. And the question becomes,”How do I find time to relax if I don’t even have time to eat?”
Stress is ruling the world, and can lead to depression, illness and a lack of joy in life. There are studies that show that stress is “comparable to other risk factors that we traditionally think of as major, like hypertension, poor diet and lack of exercise,” Kathi Heffner, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research, New York (as told to Health.com).
Sheldon Cohen,Ph.D., a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, showed that chronic stress increase a person’s risk of catching a cold. Besides this, stress brings many other problems such as: headaches, obesity/ severe loss of appetite, increased frequency of smoking (for smokers), increased consumption of alcohol, reduced concentration, reduced ability to make decisions, inability to finish projects, increased and suppressed anger, lack of interest in life, chronic tiredness even after a good night’s sleep, psoriasis, increased risk of stroke, decreased libido. And the more you feel that you are unable to do things, the more stress can overwhelm you.
Stress makes us consume our body’s resources more quickly. Instead, we need to find ways to give our body, mind, and heart a chance to relax and recharge.
You can choose any activity you like and enjoy being present in this activity. This can take between 5 minutes and 1 hour every day, depending on your time constraints and disposition. Just 5 minutes can replenish your body, mind and heart for the whole day. We will suggest a few ideas but we are sure that you can find the best way to help you to relax.
- Listen to a good song
- Sit on a bench and enjoy your coffee/ tea, admiring people around you or nature if you are in the park
- Watch a funny video
- Read a joke
- Laughter is a good release for tension
- Crafts can be soothing
- Read a book
- Do breathing exercises
- Focus on the positive elements of your life
And many more. The idea is to leave all your problems to one side and simply enjoy the present moment. All these small moments will bring a lot of energy and joy into your life.
Life without stress is a life with: good concentration, boosted memory, increased focus, a more harmonious body shape, balanced serotonin and dopamine which promote a sense of well-being, better sleep, protection for your heart, lower risk of catching cold, decreased risk of strokes or cancers, and, overall, more HAPPINESS.