TOP 50 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO RELAX
Life is full of stressors. Whether it’s work, family,responsibilities or one of many deadlines, there is no shortage ofthings that wind us tighter than necessary. Lucky for us, there is anequal amount of relaxing remedies. The list below is 50 easy ways torelax and reduce your stress as a result.
1. Soak in the Hot Tub
Nothing says relaxation like soaking in a hot tub with the spa jets massaging your tense muscles. It never fails.
2. Read a Book
By reclining in your favorite chair and reading about a life that isnot your own, you’re sure to forget about your troubles for a while.
3. Go Golfing
Whether it’s 9 or 18 holes, a crisp morning on the links by yourself or with a good friend can truly be its own form of therapy.
4. Drink Some Wine
Pick a quiet setting and your favorite bottle of wine and let a little liquid relaxation course through your veins and calm your nerves.
5. Get a Massage
Because tension and stress are literally harbored within yourmuscles, go to a masseuse and let the magic hands revitalize your body.
6. Watch TV
Sometimes the doctor’s best remedy is brainless television – turn on the tube, put on some pajamas and shamelessly veg out.
7. Lay on the Beach
It doesn’t have to be an exotic beach far away but, if you can findsome sand and sun, a day on the beach is a great way to recharge yourbattery.
8. Take a Vacation
Vacations can be stressful if you’re trying to be everywhere at once; however, if you chose the right spot, it’s easy to leave your stresses at home.
9. Listen to Music
There is nothing more therapeutic than music – put on someheadphones, lay down where you please, get lost in the rock n roll anddrift away. Beyonce, Blondie, or the Biebster, sometimes belting out the lyrics to a favorite tune makes everything seem all right. If you’re in a publicplace (that isn’t the opera), just listening to music can be a quick fix for a bad mood. Classical music can be especially relaxing right before bedtime.
10. Lay in the Park
Find a grassy park, throw down a blanket and relax to the sounds of birds chirping and children laughing.
It’s thousands of years old but its also the newest form ofmeditation that will help you channel your energy and revitalize yoursoul.
12. Road Trip
Pick a destination on your Bucket List, put on a mix-tape and hit the open road. As long as you don’t set a timeline, the miles of highwaycan work wonders.
13. Paint Something
You don’t have to be Picasso but artistic expression can be verytherapeutic – let your mind wander and simply paint what you please.
14. Go for a Walk
Take a walk around the block or go for miles on end, regardless it’ssome valuable alone time for your thoughts and a low impact kick-startfor your body.
15. Put on a Movie
As long as it’s not a suspenseful thriller, putting on alight-hearted movie is a great way to zone out and forget your troubles.
16. Book on Tape
The best of both worlds – the benefit of reading combined with thebrainless effort of television – listen to a book and reap all of therelaxing rewards.
17. Go to a Concert
If music is your tonic but headphones aren’t an option, go to a liveshow and let your soul feed off of the positive sonic energy.
18. Lay in a Hammock
Pick a nice summer day and simply kick it in the backyard hammock –let the breeze rock you back and forth and soak up the serenity.
19. Browse Facebook
Because Facebook is the newest form of mindless entertainment, blockoff some time and simply snoop around – you just might find yourtroubles aren’t so bad in comparison.
20. Go Hiking
It doesn’t have to be a colossal display of man vs. nature but a trek through the woods is a great way to release some endorphins and clearyour head.
21. Cuddle with Your Lover
There’s no better way to boost your confidence and forget yourtroubles than cuddling with your lover in the most basic form of sexualhealing.
22. Lay Under the Stars
Choose a clear and crisp evening and drive away from the city to marvel in the stars and connect with nature.
23. Go Swimming
Take a dip or take a dive but. Just think of the pool or lake as big hot tubs – the perfect recipe for decompressing relaxation.
24. Steam in the Sauna
If you can stand the heat, the sauna is a great place to cleanse your body, sift through your thoughts and press reset on your stress levels.
25. Write in Your Journal
Many view writing in your journal or blogging as a basic form atherapy – physically writing your thoughts and stresses can ultimatelyhelp you understand them and therefore, manage them.
You may have to read up on proper techniques but the most intenseform of relaxation is found through meditation – a spiritual way to fixthe physical.
27. Take a Shower
Consider a shower as a baptism of sorts – you may enter with a weight on your shoulders but you’ll no doubt leave as a different person with a lighter load.
28. Curl Up by the Fire
If it’s in the dead of winter and laying out under the stars isn’t an option, find a fireplace, start a fire and curl up in front of theblaze with a hot cup of cocoa. Relaxation is imminent.
29. Enjoy a Nice Meal
It’s called comfort food for a reason but sometimes a nice meal and some hearty calories can take the edge off.
30. Call a Friend
Sometimes a conversation with the people that know you best can bethe greatest source of comfort. Call a friend or your family and letthem talk you off the ledge. When something’s really bothering you, it can help to share your feelings with a pal. In fact, more talkative folks tend to be happier in general. So vent to a coworker or call a close family member and spill.
31. Walk the Dog
When your friends can’t be reached on the telephone, try spendingsome quality time with Man’s Best Friend. A simple walk around the block with the dogs can turn your attention to another being, distract youfrom your own problems and get you some exercise in the process.
32. Go Kayaking
A day on the lake in your own personal pod can be a serene sensation; therefore, kayaking is a great way to enjoy nature’s peacefulness andapply it to your life.
33. Go Shopping
There’s no need to rack up crazy credit card bills but sometimesshopping can be an effective way to curb your stress. Even if you don’tpurchase, simply browsing can be therapeutic.
34. Enjoy the Porch Swing
Much like the hammock, a porch swing is another great way to drift in the breeze, enjoy a summer evening and feel like a child again.
35. Browse YouTube
Much like Facebook, YouTube is another avenue for brainlessentertainment. Yep, go on a browsing spree and find yourself laughinglike never before (and decompressing as a result).
36. Play an Instrument
Granted, if you’re just learning an instrument, it might be astressful scenario but if you’re decently versed, creating music can be a phenomenal physical and mental release.
37. Cat Nap
If you’re over worked and under-paid, block off an entire Saturday or Sunday to simply lay around and cat nap as you please. Sometimes thebest remedy for stress is laziness.
38. Go Camping
Any time you can get away from work, traffic, clocks andresponsibilities is the best time to relax. Try a camping retreat in the mountains or woods where your only responsibility is maintaining afire.
Yes, exercise is physical exertion but in its healthiest form. Rather than thinking of it as a chore, consider the physical gain and enjoythe rush of endorphins.
40. Count to 10
Sounds elementary but try this technique anytime you just need toslow things down a bit. 10 can actually turn into your happy place.