Saturday, March 24, 2012

Taking Time to Relax and Enjoy the Moment

There is just so much stress in our day to day lives that many times we don't just take the time to relax...really relax and enjoy the moment!

Here are some things that help me to relax and I hope that they will help you as well.

1.  Take a walk in nature...look for the beauty around you.  Listen to the sounds of the birds chirping, sit on a bench by the water (when possible).  Listen to the sound of the water, breathe in the fresh air.

2.  Take a deep breath.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Sadly, though, it isn't so easy to do this when you are in a stressful moment.  It isn't that we are unable to for the most part, but that we don't think of doing it.

3.  Watch a lighthearted comedy on television.  Laughter is great medicine and is good for the soul.

4.  Play with your cat or dog...if you have one.  If not, you can go to YouTube and find plenty of videos where you can watch animals playing and doing cute things.  

5.  Listen to some soothing music.  What works well for me is the pan flute, flute, sounds of nature (birds, ocean, etc.).  

6.  Watch a nature video with the sunset, ocean, animals...anything that you find soothing and a comfort.

7.  Have a cup of herbal tea in the evening.  

8.  Read an enjoyable book.

9.  Talk on the phone (or in person) to a friend or relative.  

10. Aromatherapy can work wonders for many.  The smell of lavender, lilac and such can not only help some people to relax, but even help them to drift off to sleep.  This can be a great help for insomniacs...without the use of pills.  Take a nice bath with your favourite essential oil...or a nice shower with a scented candle not far away.

11.  This one is something that helps me a lot...reminisce about days gone by!  I love to go back in time and remember fond things from yesteryear.  

12.  Last but not least.  If you are unable to travel due to finances or work, health or whatever other reason...take a mental vacation by looking at some magazines with pictures of different parts of the world.  You can also watch travel videos.

I hope these ideas help you...they help me a great deal.

Thanks so much for visiting me here and please feel free to share your own thoughts and ideas by clicking on the "comments" link at the end of my post.


  1. Anonymous9:58 PM

    Thanks a lot to take the time to write such wonderful things that could really help relieving stress. I ll try to follow as much as I can

  2. I could not agree more, taking the time to relax is truly important.
    Thank you for the reminder!

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog,

  3. I absolutely agree! I think we often get so consumed by our mundane routines that we don't slow down and just enjoy our days or ourselves. These are all great ideas, but I would like to add Skype to #9 - nothing beats talking to someone who you can't speak to in person AND you can see them.

  4. Thank you all for your comments! Marian, thanks for adding Skype...I didn't think of it because I don't have it. :)

  5. You know me . . . . I love to reminisce too. Facebook is a way for me to relax. Sometimes too much! I'm heading into a stress-filled last quarter of school, so I need to think of and remember all of the tips for stress and relaxation that I can.

  6. I think you've made a number of wonderful suggestions applicable to many people. I'm retired so some of the stresses of everyday life have passed me by. I find that I keep very busy with my photography and other interests (like golf) that I retain a pretty good mental outlook.

  7. Anonymous6:18 PM

    Very nice article. I will bookmark it... :)

    Mihail Mateev from FB :)

  8. I would add to the "travelling at home" part: Google Street View is a great way to visit almost anywhere in the world!

    1. Ah, fantastic idea, Stella. Thanks!

  9. Hi! Thanks for coming by my blog! I am looking back through yours and enjoy reading about all the vintage goodies! These are great relaxation tips! I am doing a few each day right now! Playing with doggy, reading a funny book, etc. Of course, my new relaxation tool...weeding the grass is so crazy and relaxing too!!! LOLOL!
    Take care...Julie


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