If you were to ask us this question, we would undoubtedly say a luxurious 60-90 minute massage session is probably the most relaxing activity that anyone could possibly undertake. To be fair, we are considerably biased in this opinion albeit backed up with years of research and anecdotal experience from millions of happy massage recipients around the world. What is so important about this question though is that it does not matter what we think, or what your friends think, or what your in-laws think, because relaxation is a deeply personal preference.
If you can’t answer this question, right now, without a moment’s hesitation, then you have some work to do. Nobody can make you relax so it is important that you define what makes you laugh, smile, dance, or feel rested and how that translates into a sense of true relaxation. What’s amazing about relaxation though is that it can come in such a wide range of activities both simple and complex. For some people, relaxation can only be achieved when they have completely disconnected from the world and are 30 miles off of some coast on a sailboat, feeling the wind blowing through their hair. For others, simply turning off their cell phone for a couple of hours everyday gives them enough quiet time with their own thoughts to feel rested and at peace.
The thing that these two examples have in common is that they both require that time is specifically taken and a busy routine is broken to allow for relaxing activities to even take place. Even as busy as we have managed to get in our modern lives, it is not impossible to pencil in days, hours, or even moments of relaxation in a busy schedule. Here are some pretty simple ideas for ways to integrate relaxation time into a schedule that won’t break the bank or get you behind the ball at work:
- Turn off your cell phone during the drive to work and only listen to music.
- Pick one day a week to eat take out and not have to cook or clean.
- Sleep in on a Saturday once in a while and eat breakfast in bed.
- Go to brunch once a month with friends or family instead of eating at home.
- Close your eyes and meditate for 5 minutes at the top of every hour. While you are at it, drink a glass of water then too. Staying hydrated can help you feel more healthy and energized.
- Last but not least, schedule a massage every once in a while!
This is by no means an extensive list but it is a great starting point for incorporating relaxation into your daily routine. Nobody is going to do it for you though so make it a priority and enjoy yourself.