Make time to Relax


beach umbrellaBusy-ness is the trend these days.  People carry over-packed schedules like winning trophies.  “I’m SO busy at work!”  “How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun.”  “I can’t get monthly massages I have too much to DO!”

Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky.

When do you relax? RELAX.  “Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t know always know what it means. Here are some options for you.

re·lax  verb ri-ˈlaks

1: the state of being free from tension or anxiety.

2: a way to rest and enjoy yourself

3: recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.

4: the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.

5: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.

More importantly, what does relaxation mean to you?

If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person, you probably cringe at Calgon commercials and spa photos of people with stones piled on their backs.  But here’s the beauty: You can make your own definition of relaxation.

It’s your job to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles from work or home jobs.

Then, make time for that.

You have a schedule.  Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favorite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, ANY thing you enjoy can be relaxing.

Need someone to give you a reason? Want permission? I hereby, with the authority granted to me, do give you the permission to relax.

Here are some ideas:

  • Spend part of the day alone.

  • Spend part of the day with your family, doing ONLY fun stuff.

  • Meditate

  • Devote time to your hobby.

  • Sleep in. Or get up extra early. Whichever excites you!

  • Arrange for take-out or pre-cooked meals all day.

  • Schedule a massage!

  • If you’ve always wanted a day to “not leave the house” today’s the day! Wake when you wish, eat when you’re hungry, stay in your jammies and read a book.

Taking care of you is important.  And, self-care puts you in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who depend on you.  So find the thing that mellows you out, and make it happen!

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

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