Learning how to relax is like anything else. You have to practice. It’s especially hard to keep calm in a fast-paced world. We’re trained to be constantly busy. But with a little practice, you can learn to be intentional about relaxation.
When life gets busy, it’s hard to keep calm. It’s easy to get stuck in high gear. That’s why we need to be intentional about downtime. Discover the secret to remaining relaxed. In one word: practice.
4 Times To Keep Calm
- In the morning: Nothing’s worse than starting the day in a hurry. Make a point to get up early for some quiet time. Here’s my routine: I get up and get a few chores done. Then I make a cup of tea and sit in a quiet place for about 15 minutes.
- When you’re eating: I often catch myself eating too fast. That leads to heartburn. So a few years ago I started making a point to take some deep breaths before and during mealtime. Keep calm during meals for better digestion.
- In the evening: After my daughter, Annie, goes to bed, I like to spend time playing the guitar or reading. Sometimes, I just sit and breathe.
- While you exercise: It might seem like we’re in high gear when we exercise, but we’re actually reducing stress. I intentionally take moments to breathe deeply between exercises.
Discover More Secrets About Relaxation
If you’re running too fast and you want to slow down, you have to ask yourself some honest questions:
- Why am I so busy? Your busyness might be self-imposed. Often, we make ourselves busier than we have to be. Extra trips to town, excessive time online, and too much TV time all lead to less relaxation time.
- When could I take some downtime? There are many times in any given day available for relaxation. If you keep calm and breathe an extra 10 deep breaths a just few times a day, you’re already finding time to relax.
- Can I promise myself to start a habit? New habits start with self-commitment. Make a promise to yourself to start a new routine of being quiet and still for 10 minutes a day.
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