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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.