If you’re one of those people (like me) who always has to be doing something, creating something, or crossing something off your to-do list, you may inexperienced at relaxing. This sounds funny, but for some people, relaxing simply doesn’t come easy.
Meeting deadlines, handling stressful conversations, giving advice, completing chores, and being generally productive comes naturally to me—relaxing does not.
But as it turns out downtime—just like meditation—is good for your health, especially if you’re a busy bee. Regular relaxation can improve your immune system, lower your blood pressure, boost your memory and ability to focus, and keep you in a positive mood—among other benefits.
So whether you had a stressful day and need a boost of relaxation, or you want to start integrating small chunks of R&R into your everyday routine, check out these easy ideas. From walking barefoot to reading to using your imagination, there’s something for everyone when it comes to relaxing.