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How to Relax when You Have Some Time Off

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These days, many people lead such busy lives that they barely get time to breathe never mind take time out for themselves. A lot of people have to juggle work, family commitment, financial issues, social lives, and more, which means that they are on the go pretty much all the time. It is little wonder, therefore, that so many of us want to find simple ways to relax when we finally do get a little time to ourselves.


Today's fast pace of life can lead to high stress levels, which in turn can lead to a lot of health problems as well as reducing quality of life. This is why it is important to ensure you take time out for yourself from time to time, and that you find ways to pamper yourself a little and enjoy some well-earned relaxation. In this article, we will explore some of the simple and convenient methods you can use in order to relax when you get spare time.

Some Solutions to Help You De-Stress

The good news is that there are various solutions you can try in order to help you to de-stress and unwind during those rare few hours you have to yourself. One of the things you can do is treat yourself to a wonderful spa day where you can indulge in a range of treatments and use the various facilities. If you go to a high end day spa, you can look forward to an incredibly relaxing day where you can enjoy being pampered and really unwind. If you rarely get time to yourself and you feel constantly stressed, this is definitely something that is worth looking into.

Another option for those on a tighter budget is to enjoy a pamper day at home. You can relax with a face treatment and hair conditioning treatment that you apply yourself, sink into a bath full of aromatherapy bubbles coupled with some scented candles and soft music. You can then simply lie back, close your eyes, and relax as you let your treatments get to work and let the stress ooze out of you. Once you have finished your bath and rinsed away the treatments, apply some rich skin moisturizer all over to nourish your skin and then give yourself a manicure and pedicure. If your partner is on hand, you could even get them to massage your back with some essential oils to make you feel really relaxed.

If you like to get out and about and you love nature, another way in which you can relax when you have a little time to yourself is taking a long walk in a naturally beautiful area. If there is nowhere within walking distance, you can always drive or cycle to the nearest park or beach, where you can stroll along and take in the natural beauty, take a seat and people watch, and enjoy the health benefits of being out in the fresh air. These are just some of the simple ideas you can look at if you want to enjoy some relaxation.

Enjoy Some Time Away

If you have a little extended time off work, it is well worth booking a trip away in order to unwind and relax. They say that a change of scenery can be great for beating stress and recharging the batteries, so this is definitely something worth doing if you want to really de-stress. You can get some great deals on short breaks and weekends, so it needn't cost you a huge amount.

One of the trips you could look at taking in order to relax and de-stress is a camping trip. You can go with friends, your partner, or other family members and enjoy getting out in the great outdoors and taking in plenty of fresh air. Being out in the fresh air has been proven to help with mental health and stress relief, so this is the ideal type of break to take. You can look forward to a range of exciting activities and new adventures, the chances to get some exercise and fresh air, and the ability to do things you don't normally do.

If you don't fancy camping for a change of scenery, there are other options you can look at. A beach break is the perfect way to relax and enjoy some time out if you feel stressed and have a few days off. You can enjoy sunshine and relaxation, book a nice hotel for a few days, and enjoy being pampered and look after. You can spend your days relaxing on the beach and taking in the gorgeous scenery or laying around by the pool at your hotel sipping a cocktail.

Another option is to book at cabin or cottage by the lakes, where you can take in the peace and tranquility as you unwind and relax. You can get some excellent deals on cabins and being away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and work can really help with your stress levels. You can look forward to eating al fresco while you take in the stunning scenery, getting close to nature, perhaps even wildlife watching while you are there.

These are just a few of the options you can consider if you want to enjoy getting away from it all for a few days.

Taking Steps to Get the Relaxation You Deserve

One key thing to remember is that no matter which of the above options you try in order to relax, it is important that you take time out to chill out from time to time. When you work all day, have family to look after, and have to deal with the stresses of day to day life, it can really take its toll on your health. However, taking steps and finding time to relax and unwind can help to counteract the effects of everyday stress. All you need to do is decide on the best relaxation methods for you.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.

-Sadsies

Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.



I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!



- The Armchair Psychologist

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