So you’ve heard all the therapists, and sometimes your friends and family tell you that you need to learn to relax. In this blog, I am going to discuss this therapist’s top 5 ways to relax. Whether any of these pertain or interest you is not as important and learning to take some time for yourself! These are in no particular order; these are my favorites.
Going for a walk:
I can’t tell you how many times a simple walk has cleared my mind. Listening to nature at a park or listening to my favorite soundtrack, walking is a wonderful way to relax. Walking is a great way to exercise and improve circulation in the body, whether it is a fast pace or a leisurely stride. Another great thing about walking is it can be relaxing when you are with someone and even when your not. Get outside, get some fresh air, and let that stress melt away!
One of my favorite things to relax is to exercise. I hit the gym 3-4 times a week, and I have found that not only does my body like the changes, but so does my mind. The gym is my stress reliever of choice most times simply because when I am there, my phone is in the car, and I am focused on my goal. I would never have thought to be sweaty after a workout would be so rewarding, yet over the years, I’m a lot happier person when I go! Maybe the gym is the stress reliever that you need?
You can ask my wife; she knows when we get flowers, most of the time, it is because I love the look of the flowers. I’ll admit it I do, and I do enjoy gardening at times as well. Even though I do not exactly have a green thumb, being outside and planting some new greenery brings me joy. The fresh air, the sun to recharge the batteries, and maybe even a cold drink. Gardening is an excellent way to give back to the environment and relaxing.
I know what your thinking, watching TV, who recommends that? Well, I am not a huge fan of television. I will admit, at times, putting the phone down and just turning on some random show or movie is a great way to relax. I have found that after a busy week, it is an easy way to unwind, and I have had the bonus of falling asleep. I’m not sure about you but who can deny a power nap from time to time!
Listening to soundtracks:
One of my favorite things is merely listening to movie scores. The passion that the artist puts behind their music is so relaxing for me. Listening to music puts me at ease. One of my favorite composers is Hans Zimmer. He composed The Dark Knight, and I could not imagine that movie without a soundtrack! Another singer is the great Andrea Bocelli. If you haven’t heard of him look him up, he makes the hair on your neck stand up. You can listen to music while exercising, walking even riding in the car. With the versatility of music, why not give it a try?
So there you have it this therapist’s top 5 ways to relax. These may be good options for you, and they may not find something that you can do daily, weekly at least monthly for yourself! Trust me, your body and your therapist will thank you for it.