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.
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I just found your blog – thanks for sharing this beautifully designed infographic. It’s important to have a range of practices to support our wellbeing. I just thought I would add that we can combine many of these practices – like, going barefoot and meditating in nature. In the summer and into autumn, I love to practice walking meditation in bare feet on grass.
My friend, Sille, has a guided meditation for meditating in nature at https://insighttimer.com/beinghuman/guided-meditations/basic-open-air-meditation.
I was also pleased to see spending time with friends being included on this list. There’s so much loneliness in our culture. Making time to be with friends is every bit as important as making time to meditate or practice yoga.
Looking forward to exploring your blog a little more fully.
Hi Danny. Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m happy to hear that the content resonated with you, and I love your idea of combining some of the practices. Warm wishes to you and thanks for sharing. ~Melissa
Thank you looking forward