The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that all things must come to a state of rest.
Even the equipment in factories comes to a complete stop (That is done with the intention of the technician performing routine maintenance on the equipment).
We human beings are a bit more fragile. We need rest to ensure the following things:
- A reduction in our level of stress.
- An improvement in our mood.
- The healing of our body.
- A healthy immune system.
- The restoration of our energy.
Therefore, we need to slow down and unplug ourselves from the internet (Which, unfortunately, is a terrifying thought for some bloggers).
Life is about balance, my friend.
And, this is where rest and relaxation come in.
Make A Conscientious Effort To Go To Bed Earlier
Many of us do not like to go to bed early. We would rather spend our late nights:
- Socializing with friends.
- Reading or writing blog posts.
- Surfing the internet.
- Reading a book.
- Watching a movie.
For the record, there is nothing wrong with doing those things; what is wrong is that we tend to do those things at an inappropriate time; for example, late at night.
To get a better understanding of how much sleep we need, I recommend reading, How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? by Eric Suni (This informative article was medically reviewed by Dr. Abhinav Singh for the folks over at the Sleep Foundation).
Go For A Walk
Where you choose to walk is entirely up to you; it could be in your neighbourhood or somewhere in nature.
You release endorphins (your feel-good hormones) whenever you take a walk outdoors.
To find out more about the correlation between walking and stress reduction, I recommend reading Karen Hallisey’s article, Keep Calm and Walk On.
Drink Some Tea
Believe it or not, tea is a wonderful stress reliever.
And, why is that so?
Because tea contains a chemical compound, l-theanine; it reduces stress and anxiety; thus promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.
Here is a list of teas that have a calming effect:
- Green tea.
- Peppermint tea.
- Lemon balm tea.
- Chamomile tea.
- Valerian root tea.
- Rosehip tea.
- Lavender tea.
- Passionflower tea.
One should never underestimate the calming power of tea.
So, the next time you are in the mood for a bit of rest and relaxation, drink a hot cup of your favourite tea.
Listen To Some Relaxing Music
Everyone knows that if they focus their mind on relaxing music, they will in turn become relaxed.
Relaxing music on the whole is:
- Good for reducing stress.
- Wonderful for improving brain function.
- Ideal for reducing a person’s perception of pain.
- Great for helping people to sleep better at night.
Relaxing music, without a doubt, will put us in a tranquil state of mind (So, make good use of it when the time comes).
When I want to relax, I would turn on some Native American music (The drums and the flutes melts my stress away).
Play With Your Pet
Another way to accomplish a relaxed state of mind is to play with your pet.
If you happen to be one of the many people who do not own a pet, you can go over to your neighbour’s house and play with their cat or dog (Just let your neighbour know that you came over to be relieved of your stress; they will understand).
Now, if you have never owned a pet before, you might be skeptical about an animal’s ability to lower your stress; to gain a better understanding of that, I recommend reading, How Owning a Pet Can Reduce Stress by Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D.
Engage Yourself In Meditation
Meditation is also good for rest and relaxation.
Yogis and Buddhist monks have been practicing meditation for centuries (They understand the benefits of meditation).
Anyone who wants to learn more about meditation should read, Meditation: A Simple, Fast Way To Reduce Stress by the kind folks over at the Mayo Clinic.
A person can acquire a bit of rest and relaxation by:
- Going to bed earlier.
- Going for a walk.
- Drinking some tea.
- Listening to some relaxing music.
- Playing with their pet.
- Engaging themselves in meditation.
Everyone deserves to have a bit of rest and relaxation every so often (I sincerely hope that you get your rightful share of it soon).