Basting by treyevan
With all the hustle and bustle of daily living, sometimes we feel like life is passing us by. It’s important to take time to relax, to have fun and just enjoy a little free time. Too often we’re so caught up in our have-to’s and our worries that we forget to let go and laugh. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Put On Some Music and Dance. Even if you don’t like to dance, you can still have fun. Turn up the radio and rock to your favorite tune, or sing along to that sad, silly love song. Listen to a classical melody to help you slow down after a hard day. Whatever your style, there’s something for everyone.
- Turn Out the Lights. A quick way to de-stress is to shut out outside disturbances. Close the blinds, light a candle or incense and take some slow, deep breathes. Let your worries fall away as you let your muscles unwind.
- Do Some Simple Stretches. After a hard day at work, nothing’s more relaxing than simply stretching out the kinks and pains in your neck and back. Lift your hands over your head and reach for the ceiling, then slowly bend and let your arms drift to the floor. Add a little yoga or Pilates for deeper relief.
- Spend 15 Minutes in the Sun. Sunshine is a great mood lifter. Step out into the light and feel the wind on your face. Listen to the birds chirping and watch a butterfly float in the air. Let nature remind you of the beauty that surrounds you.
- Pet Your Cat or Dog. The affection of your favorite pet can bring peace after a hard day. Let their soft, silky fur and enthusiastic greetings bring a smile to your face. Get on the floor with a ball of yarn or a tennis ball. You’ll be entertained for an hour.
- Turn On The TV. Watch a half hour of your favorite sitcom or comedy. Whatever makes you laugh out loud. Put your feet up and giggle till your belly hurts.
- Try Some Art. Draw a picture, cut and arrange some flowers, play with clay or make your own greeting card. Do a craft you find enjoyable and let your creative juices flow. Scheduling time for yourself is important to your overall health.
- De-clutter your house. Although it sometimes seems like a chore, in actuality making time to clean and get rid of excess junk can be very liberating since in the long run it will help you have more time for yourself. The less you have, the less you clean. Start with a drawer in the kitchen or the hallway closet.
- Devote Some Time to Your Spiritual Side. Pray, meditate, read the bible or quotes from famous people. Immerse yourself in feelings of love, joy and serenity. Connect with others who are like-minded, in church, at home or even online.
- Break It Down. Make a list of what is bothering you right now. Take action on what you can, get help for what you can’t, and let go of the rest. Forgive yourself for being imperfect and do the best you can.