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Just relax a little…

Posted on: August 28th, 2020 by Lysa Eastman

Relax. Something that feels like it is in short supply for 2020. Most people recognize that they would like more relaxation, but do not invest in identifying the activities that help them relax. What I am specifically addressing is the relaxation that provides rest and restoration of our physical and emotional energy. I am not referring to a mindless activity that passes the time with no fulfillment or recuperative benefit, like an endless scroll of social media. 

Our days get packed with responsibilities that consume our attention and energy. Sometimes the last thing anyone wants to do is expend the little mental gas left in the tank to identify yet another task to do and choose to check-out for a moment (or longer). It may feel counterintuitive at the time, but the mindful investment of energy into our relaxation refills our tank. However, if you have not found what provides that sweet relaxation, do not fret as you are not alone. This article looks at 11 tips on identifying and growing your relaxation muscle. https://www.self.com/story/how-to-relax-according-to-therapists

Of the 11 tips provided, there are a few that stick out to me. The first is the trap of relaxation gets in the way of or is not supportive of being “productive”. Again, it may feel counterintuitive, but the better we are at taking care of ourselves, the better equipped we are to take care of others and other tasks. Second is the practice of getting pockets of relaxation throughout the week. As with anything else, consistency is key to progress in building skills. Finally, there is no one size fits all activity that provides relaxation for everyone. Like anything else, we all have our unique taste and personal preference. Someone may suggest or encourage what works for them, and it might be valuable feedback, but that does not mean that it HAS to work for you. If at any point you would like help building your relaxation muscle, you can contact us here: https://www.healthymynds.com/contact/ 

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