On Sunday I came up with the idea for this week’s post. Sunday is a day famous for relaxing. Yet, I can feel uncomfortable about doing nothing. For me spending the day sleeping is a waste of my time. Life can be short and there is a whole magical world out there beyond the sanctuary of a comfortable bed. Still, what if I could do less on my day off? What if I could nurture and care for myself, yet at the same time end the day having felt a sense of accomplishment? After all, I’m a firm believer that less can be more and if I don’t look after myself, how can I expect others to?
With the answers to these questions in mind came the inspiration for this week’s article. So without further ado here are my top tips on how to do nothing but at the same time do something in a relaxing way. A bit of an oxymoron, but all is possible in the world of The Word Sprite!
Intro: Set yourself rest goals. In short, too much mental stimulation and running around the place can lead to feeling burnt out. Try to connect more with the parasympathetic nervous system by setting yourself some weekly relaxation goals that are healthy.
Examples of weekly rest goals are:
1, Go for a walk at least once a week some place peaceful and just for the fun of it. Walking can be good for the health and can also help you to connect with your creative side. A bit of fresh air helps to blow the cobwebs away, meaning it can give you a new lease of life. See my article on meditation walks.
2. So what if it is raining outside? Fear not. How about curling up with a good motivational book and a cup of your favourite tea. A nice thing to do after a busy week and reading personal development books can help you to grow as a person. Two self-help authors to get started with are Louise Hay And Dr. Wayne Dyer.
3. Make a delicious, healthy meal and enjoy the whole process. If you don’t get much time to cook check out my last article.
4. Try going to a yoga class or other form of holistic exercise. Yoga is famous for working not only the body but the mind and the spirit. Also, see my articles on yoga. Tree Pose.
5. Meditation is a great way to feel refreshed. You can do it for between 5- 30 minutes.
6. Use some time on your day off to imagine the future you would like to create. Do this by curling up indoors with a pile of old magazines and try making a dream board. This can be relaxing. See my article on transformative imagination.
6. If you have lots of energy but want to relax, what about planning a nice day with friends? A strong support system with friends can lift your day.
7. Take a nap. Yes, I said I didn’t want to spend the day sleeping, but a nice treat of an afternoon nap can work wonders. My tips are to keep it short and sweet. Enjoy the relaxation.
These are only a few examples of how you can productively relax. If you have any more ideas, please share as I would love to hear from you!
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