6 Ways to Relax

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Sometimes I’m so intent on staying healthy by working out and eating right that I end up stressing myself out.  Late evening at school running a club?  Still have to get that workout in.  Running from work to one or two activities after work?  9 p.m workout session right before bed.  Missed a workout through the week?  Schedule a workout for Saturday AND Sunday.

While it’s noble to keep a consistent workout schedule, it can also cause fatigue and injuries.  That’s not a good thing.  Lately I’ve focused on making sure I am getting some relaxation in as well as my workouts.  Here’s some ideas for you to add some relax to your life.

  1. Get some sofa time:  You don’t have to be doing something every single minute of your day.  Five or ten minutes on the sofa won’t kill you.
  2. Escape into a good book: Find one that takes you out of everyday life and into another world.  One of my favorites- The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.
  3. Breathe: Practice deep breathing.  Inhale so your belly rises and falls rather than your chest.  Inhale slowly, hold it for just a second, then exhale slowly.  You can do this anywhere.  Instant relaxation
  4. Watch a good movie/show: With DVR you don’t even have to carve out a huge block of time, you can watch it in small bits and bites.  Combine it with #1. Make it a treat in place of a junk food snack.
  5. Meditate: Find a quiet place, use your deep breathing from #3.  Try to slow your thoughts. Even 10 minutes a day has been shown to improve your mood and decrease anxiety.
  6. Soak in a hot tub: I saved the best for last! This is my new favorite thing to do after a workout.  Get yourself a $5 carton of epsom salts (my massage therapist says it loosens up those sore muscles). Run a hot bath, light some candles, put some yoga music on your smart phone.  I use Songza.  Set a timer and enjoy. Twenty minutes is perfect.

Now here’s the hardest part.  Give yourself permission to relax.  My flawed thought process tells me I’m not worth much it I am not being productive.  In reality, you need to recharge from time to time to improve your productivity.

Want more tips on how to relax?  Read this.

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

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