Joi at The Mental Fitness Center has a great guide to relaxation. Here is her list of things to do to relax:
“1. Get more sleep. Even if you think you’re getting enough. Buy yourself a super-comfy pair of pajamas, place a lavender or vanilla scented sachet in your pillow case, make your room as dark and cozy as you can and hit the sack earlier than usual. After a week or so what you thought was stress (or even depression) may vanish and prove to have just been exhaustion in disguise.
2. Sleep in at least one day a week. Turn the alarm clock off, shut your door and don’t step one foot on the floor until you’re darned well ready.
3. Choose a day from the seven that’ll be your little day - as in you’ll do as little as you possibly can. Leave the bed unmade, don’t cook, don’t get dressed and don’t even look at the vacuum cleaner.
4. Get a massage. Stress affects your entire body, especially the neck, shoulders and back. Massage increases blood flow and causes the knots of tension to melt away.
5. Take a long bubble bath. Extra points if the bubble bath follows a massage.
6. Buy something you’ve been wanting for a while. Treat yourself to it and watch your spirits soar.
7. Get a little exercise each and every day. Whether you walk in the park or in the mall, or put music on and entertain your cat - doesn’t matter. Just move and groove…you’ll feel great!”
That’s good advice -especially the point about getting more sleep. Lack of sleep can manifest itself in many ways. The world always looks a little better when you’ve had a good night’s sleep.