We may not all have access to a cliff overlooking the ocean, but it is important to find a quiet place during this hectic season. Everyone needs some peace and quiet, time to relax, recharge and re-energize. When we are rested and unhurried, we deal better with the demands of each day.
Unfortunately the holiday season has become a time of rushing around, feeling pressured to but the right gift for everyone. We may be stressed by the cost of the gifts, afraid we didn’t get the best gift and the receiver won’t be happy, afraid we didn’t do enough this year. Everyone is so busy rushing around that we forget to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.
So, here are a few ideas to help you recharge, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle:
If you haven’t got an ocean view – make one. Get a large picture of palm trees, the ocean, a lake, a forest – whatever you love. Post it in your bathroom. You can go in there, close the door and relax and deep breathe in front of the poster. Better yet – take a nice warm bath with a beautiful view.
Set aside 15 minutes every night before bed. Sit quietly – no TV, no computer, no cell phone. Sip on a cup of chamomile tea. Just concentrate on quiet, breathe slowly and deeply. The rhythm of slow deep breathing is quite relaxing.
Some people find certain sounds relaxing – such as the sound of thunderstorms, the sound of the ocean, the sound of birds chirping. You can easily find these sounds online and listen while doing your relaxation.
So this holiday season – give yourself a gift! The gift of relaxation.
You will feel better, you will feel re-energized and better able to handle the many activities with joy. Remember, a good night’s sleep is so important! People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick, are more likely to be overweight, and have high blood pressure.
What are your relaxation tricks?