Sometimes I just get so burned out with all the craziness of the days and weeks, I just hit a brick wall. Some days, I’m just too overtired and need to unwind, “chill” and relax! I know we women usually take on too much and are often so overloaded but we just don’t take the time to “diffuse”. And, it doesn’t matter whether we are single, married, with children or not – I think many of us women are just simply not getting enough rest!
Relaxation and rest reduce stress – and gives us the restorative power to carry on, to get refreshed. But here again – I believe methods of relaxation are different strokes for different folks! We, women, get our rest in different ways. I checked in with some other women, and they shared what works for them – how they “diffuse” and get some good ol’ rest and relaxation.
I spoke to my dear friend, Mary, who is middle aged and very active with her family and grandchildren. Mary takes walks frequently in her neighborhood and enjoys the beautiful countryside, trees and views. Mary says, “I find that very restorative.”
Mary is also a fabulous cook (believe me, I know this firsthand)! Mary shares, “Cooking grounds me. I plan a menu around my family or guests and then I set the table that will frame my meal… basic white, then I have fun with accent pieces and flowers. I put on some music and cook my heart out! I have some classic recipes I use, but I also love creating recipes, too.”
My youngest daughter, Caitlin, 23 years old, besides exercise and working out at the gym, shares that she “stretches” and does “Yoga” regularly. Caitlin shares:
“Yoga clears my mind and gives me strength.”
“Stretching promotes muscle growth, relieves aches and pains. And, I love to do it after a long day at work.”
My sweet co-worker, Drema, shares:
“After the tragic loss of my 20 year old daughter, the way I try to find peace and relaxation is spending time with my wonderful friends, going fishing out on our boat, and enjoying the beauty of nature. I love to go out in the canals in Vilano Beach (Florida) or in the St. Johns River (Jacksonville, Florida).”
I, myself, love to just sit outside at night and just breathe. It quiets my soul and refreshes me.
I also enjoy laying out in the sun and swimming (or should I just say floating on a floatie) in my sister’s pool. That is one of the most relaxing things I can think of.
I also love laughter! Whether it be someone telling me a story, and I am bowled over with laughter, or watching a funny movie. I feel so much better after laughing. Laughing also has many health benefits. It can help your heart and lungs, and it promotes muscle relaxation. It can also help reduce anxiety.
Why is relaxation so good for us?
- It restores our energy. Often times, we just push and push ourselves. In order to keep generating more energy, we need to let our bodies rest.
- Relaxation repairs our bodies. If we are constantly on the move and not getting enough sleep, we are using most of the energy we have to keep going.
- Relaxation calms our thoughts and improves focus. We push our bodies often too far, and our minds are constantly on the move, too.
My challenge to you – and to me – is to make “unscheduled” time and “rest and relaxation” a priority. It is too easy to fill moments of down time with “to do” lists, chores and tasks.
I would love to hear from you on how you get some rest and relation – and how you “diffuse” from the hustle and bustle of the busy day!
Until next time ~