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.
Personally, I am over the top excited that we are on the cusp of turning the page on not only a new year but also on a new 10-year window of opportunities and possibilities!
You may be thinking, whoa…I am just embracing the fall season…yikes… it is tough to think about a new decade!
Yet it is this groundwork, this forward thought that you put in place TODAY that will propel you and lead you into greatness in 2020 and beyond. Designing a new decade rests in your ability to vision, in your willingness to be curious, in your awareness of where you are now and what you most want to curate. Essentially, curating what's next is about tapping into today with confidence, conviction, and decision. Leading YOU starts now. This is your new next. It is your choice.
Sometimes to get to that 'next', you need to take a step back to reflect. Please pardon my asking you to spend time in yesterday. Those who know me personally, know that I created and continue to grow my business based on enabling the present moment as a springboard for living your legacy. So, indulge me here! True, I am asking you to peek into the past, yet it is only in order for you to bring the essence of that past forward into this moment called NOW.
One of the best ways to tap into what's next is to clarify what drives you. To design a new decade, ask yourself this question about the past ten years:
What worked? What were my successes?
Make a list of your achievements big and small. Don't type them, but rather use ink and paper and sit with and savor them. Move your thoughts and your successes from your head, to your heart, to your pen, to the paper. Remember that on the flip side of goals not attained and New Year's resolutions abandoned, there was more than likely some traction and action that moved you forward, even if the end result was not what you expected. Once you have a full list of a decade's worth of personal and professional accomplishments, think about how this makes you feel. Do you remember celebrating all of them? My guess is no. So, celebrate them now. Give them new life by validating them. Circle the successes that resonate with you most right now. Where can you lean into those accomplishments as you power into the decade ahead?
Now comes a tougher question, one that I used myself in my own mid-life reinvention and a question I adore because in a moment's time it provides you with a quick reconnect to your unique inner voice.
If it were 10 years ago and nothing were standing in your way, no fear or excuses to contend with…what would you do?
Don't overthink it. The brilliance of this question is that it refocuses purpose. Whatever first came to mind when you answered this for yourself is at its core a powerful insight into defining and redefining the FUTURE decade. Bring your answer into the light of today and what small piece of it is actionable NOW? Where is this resonating and aligning with a 2019 version of yourself?
Then, based on your success list and your answer to the above question, what is your 2020 vision for your business and for the business of YOU?
Designing a new decade begins as a collection of 3,650 opportunities. 3,650 blank slates of new days ahead in which to pivot and propel yourself forward. Every single one of those days is a window into your legacy. An invitation to be, create, explore, and chip away at this thing we call life. One 24-hour segment at a time.
While you have a decade ahead to work on design improvements, you have the ability to begin manifesting this project of YOU Version 2020 right NOW. Based on exploring the exercises in this post, begin executing your vision. Ask questions. Be present. Let go of 2019 and the past 10 years so that you can embrace the next 10. Position acceptance and self-trust at the forefront of how you lead you. One choice at a time.
Don't get bogged down in the concept of the next 10 years. Instead position clarity and intention into each new day, starting today. Then chase every one of those intentions with an in-the-moment commitment and solution toward living a legendary life!