When you leave work, how often are you logged into your email or Facebook? How often do you bring work home with you? (Or even worse, you’re one of those workers who relentlessly brings everyone else down about what a travesty your day was.) The amount of us who face “battle” at work must learn how to come back to reality, defuse the bombs and relax like a Jamaican or monk. Here are a few ways to help your body, mind and spirit relax in total happiness.
1. Read a Book
Bill Gates made a habit of reading for an hour before bedtime. What makes you too good for books if the richest man alive reads extensively? Reading a good book (that isn’t related to business but exists for the sole purpose of pleasuring you) relaxes you. Engages your imagination and reminds you what it means to get lost in another world. To sweep aside the shackles of the modern world. I personally love getting lost in How to Win Friends & Influence People and The Rum Diary.
2. Mind Dump
I had a lot of trouble falling asleep. 2-3 hours of tossing in bed, trying to find a comfortable position, always nearly hitting REM. Then the painful reminder that there’s only 4-5 hours of sleep left. Panic sets in. It was always a headache.
The brain has no “shut off” button. Sound familiar? Then you understand. You’ll also understand the therapeutic bliss of being able to get to sleep in 30 minutes or less.
Whatever happened in your day, or what needs to be done the next day: write it down. Get it out of your mind and onto that piece of paper. Waking up refreshed the next morning made all the difference for tackling the day.
- Slow and deep breathing
- Inhale for the count of 4
- Hold for the count of 4
- Exhale for the count of 4
If you have 300 seconds to spare (which is longer than one Top 40 song), you can do that deep breathing exercise no problem. As you do it, completely forgetting about everything that’s worrying you and focusing on your breath, you’ll feel calm. You can also feel calm drinking Kratom beforehand. More relaxed. Because you’re slowing down your breath, your heart calms down as well – lowering your blood pressure, obliterating stress and making you feel warm and tingly all over. This deep breathing is nearly a “cure” for anxiety-ridden squirrels.
4. Go For A Walk
Get out of the rut of having your soul sucked away… by going for a walk outside. It only takes 15 minutes or so. How easy is that? The sun showers us in vitamin D: a crucial ingredient for feeling happier. When you feel happier, you’re more inclined to enjoy your time off – instead of dreading about the next hard, grueling day. Some of us can get lost in the operatic symphony of wild birds and rustling leaves… and some of us can’t. We need tunes to tune out the world, while getting lost in our own. So, don’t be afraid to pull out your favourite “get lost” jams while you’re out and about.
- Take a refreshing shower
When was the last time you plunged yourself into a cold bath? And if you can’t remember… why haven’t you? Scared? I was scared before making ice baths my weekly routine. Cold baths are painful – at first. And that’s if you aren’t a chicken about it. In the end, there are unrelenting truths beating this point home: cold baths are more beneficial than hot ones. Here’s why:
- Helps lose weight (your body temp rises, which burns fat)
- Relieves sore muscles
- Improves blood circulation
- Strengthens stress resistance
- Makes you feel like a champion
Now that you know what needs to be done to put yourself on the fast-track to being fulfilled, what’s stopping you? Relaxation becomes a lot more satisfying when you earn it. Certainly, you’ve deserved a full evening of relaxation for a while now. You won’t find the happiness and relief you’re looking for until you start.