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How to Just Relax and Take It Easy

Updated on June 5, 2015

How Do You Relax?

Do you know how to relax? In our busy lives, some of us hardly ever do, and when things slow down and we do have a moment to relax, we don't know how to do it. If you are like me, when the time comes when you finally get to relax a bit, just sitting still seems abnormal to the point that it almost feels uncomfortable. If you find yourself in this dilemma, try some of the suggestions below. Learn how to relax in simple ways, and get back to you. You deserve it!

Read Something Interesting

Stop by the bookstore and pick up a magazine that suits your interests, or a book that you've been wanting to read, but haven't had the time. Take time to relax with your reading material, and your favorite hot drink early in the morning or in the evening when all is quiet. Get lost in your book or get inspired by ideas in your magazine.

Reconnect With Friends and Loved Ones

Take a moment to call old friends you haven't spoken with in a while. I'm always glad after doing this, usually finding out how much our lives are still entertwined with similarities, even though we are miles apart. Share what is going on in your life and find out what is happening in theirs. You will feel a sense of renewal when reconnecting with someone you miss from your past.

If there are family members you are missing because they live far away or life has been too busy, give them a call. Just hearing a familiar voice can be refreshing. Reminisce about the past and make a date for a future get together.


Go Out On the Water

Whether you choose a canoe, kayak, rowboat, or fishing boat, time on the water can be very rejuvenating. Go in the morning or in the afternoon, when the hottest part of the day has passed. Pack a snack and a small cooler. Invite a friend or loved one and visit a local lake or a lazy river and just drift. Enjoy the sounds of nature and the stillness of the water. Watch the white crane standing perfectly still on the rock, and the turtles lined up in a row basking in the sun.

If you do not have a boat, usually a local park near a body of water will rent them out for a small price. Get the information ahead of time, so that your day is stress-free.


Create Your Own Space

Take half an hour to create a special place to sit and relax, be it with a glass of wine or a hot cup of tea. It could be indoors or outdoors, on your front porch or next to your fireplace. Wherever it is, make it a place for you to relax in. Do this by creating a comfortable, pleasing atmosphere that makes you feel good.

Sleep In

If you have been very busy, then you probably haven't been getting enough sleep. Try to sleep in and catch up on the much needed rest your body needs. If you have trouble sleeping in, take a short nap during the day. Take advantage of having the time to nap and enjoy this time to rest up.

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Do Yoga

Unlike most other forms of exercise, yoga is calming and relaxing. According to Osteophathic Medicine and Your Health, "Aside from the array of physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which has been known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins.


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      Ahri 2 years ago

      Great tipps!

      Especially the one with beeing on the water.

      Now that I moved to my new home I have a small lake nearby.

      I will definitely buy a small boat soon.

      When I was in my old home I often took some time out in the evening to watch a calming video like this one.

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Wow! Thanks for reading pstraubie. I'm working through this idea of being able to relax myself, so writing about it actually helps me to do what I say. I am honored to have written an article that you want to revisit. Your angels have fluttered their wings near me :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Simple, direct, and concise..well stated. Each time I come across an article about relaxing I take a peek. I especially enjoyed reading yours and am bookmarking to reread again and again. Because even though I am retired, I still am sometimes confronted with the need to take time to just just take time for me.

      thanks for sharing this with us.

      Sending Angels your way


      :) ps