How to Slow Down and Relax in a Fast-Paced World

woman relaxing on balconyThe human race has rapidly evolved from the tenders of the land to a society eager to make and spend money.

It would be difficult to fit into this world if earning wages for a someday retirement weren’t the goal. A lot of the issues that have come along with this fast-paced life are of mankind’s own making, but those problems show signs of working themselves out.

In the meantime, if you find it difficult to unwind after a stressful day at the office, here are some tips to help you get relaxed. 

1. Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants. Using the oils brings you closer to the earth, and aromatherapy from the oils is the process in which the oils stimulate certain areas of your brain, which some people claim can relieve stress and boost your mood. You’ll want to be sure you purchase real essential oils that aren’t tainted with chemicals.

Only therapeutic grade oils should be used in boosting the limbic system.

If your day was stressful, try the peppermint, and if you need to calm down and focus, sandalwood should do the trick. There are many different oils for different ailments, including jasmine, chamomile, bergamot and tea tree, to name just a few.    

2. Yoga Meditation

You’ve heard of yoga and you’ve heard of meditation, but did you know the two are intended to be used together? Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years, but it’s just been since last century that it has become a simple exercise.

Many instructors forgo including the meditative properties intended to be practiced with yoga. When combined, they offer a restorative experience that will have you at peace and quiet with the moment. 

3. Spend Time With Nature

Our bodies and minds weren’t designed to spend our days in air-conditioned buildings sitting on the couch watching television with a bag of Doritos. Our bodies were designed to be active and physically challenged. Whether you enjoy a strenuous hike or a stroll in the park, get out of the house and get some fresh air. 

You’ll be amazed how even just a short walk can alter your mood and relieve your stress. 

4. Keep a Journal

Writing has been a release for people since reading became widespread. Stories have been passed down for eons, but think back to the Renaissance and the invention of the printing press, when books finally began to circulate in large quantities.

Within just a few centuries, authors were springing up from every walk of life, male and female.

You don’t have to have the goal to get your writings in print, but just keeping a journal can help fulfill a long-needed release. Or, if you don’t like to just write for yourself, find a penpal with whom to share your thoughts. 

5. Start a Garden

Again, this one is about being with nature. But, if you live in an apartment you can bring nature indoors. Planting a simple herb garden or a few tomato plants on your balcony or window sill gives you something rewarding to tend to and focus on.

Having plants in your home will also help keep the air clean by absorbing pollutants through their leaves and roots. 

There are many ways to relax, and the important thing is that however you prefer to do it, you should make a habit of it. Over time stress can take a toll on your mind and body. The next time you’re at the office and think about having lunch in the break room, how about taking a brisk walk outdoors to the nearest cafe or coffee shop.

Your body and mind will thank you. 

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BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.

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