April 20, 2016 – Stress/Relaxation
“Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.
This life in the present”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American author, naturalist
Achieving true relaxation is a challenge for which you really need to know yourself well. How do YOU relax? It does not need to look like how anyone else relaxes. What really makes you relax, let go, and just enjoy the present time? Find it! Develop it! Keep it! Do it!
Then make sure you understand that for the time you spend in the state of stress, you need spend some time in the state of relaxation. You can’t just go from stress back to non-stress without going through a period of relaxation. It doesn’t work that way; stress simply accumulates.
I think there are people who have only very rare moments of true relaxation in their lives — like many care-givers, those who suffer from anxiety, the chronically ill, those in painful relationships, and many more.
Some words Webster uses to define relaxation: rest, fun, frolic, delight, freedom from worry or nervousness.
See what you can do to increase (in time and frequency) your true relaxation.