Doctors and psychologists and talk show hosts are telling us we need to sleep more, get more exercise and eat lots more fruits and veggies, all good things we can do to stay healthy. They also tell us to reduce the stress levels in our lives. The problem is they don’t live in our lives. Many authorities telling us to relax are some of the most high-strung people on the planet.
Relax? Relax, they say? After an 18-hour day working and commuting, then fixing supper, cleaning up the kitchen, bathing the kids and putting them to bed, when do I have time to relax? I know. It sounds impossible to do. But there’s an old axiom that says: “We make time for the things that are important to us.” I guess that means if reducing the stress in your life is not important than you’ll stay wound up all the time. If reducing your stress level is important, you’ll find time to take care of yourself and relax.
Most all the folks I hang with have at least one or two activities that help them relax.
I thought I’d share my Top 1o Activities I Do That Help Me Relax.
If you read this and have your own activities different from mine, how about sharing them in a comment. Maybe we can start a chain of relaxing activities.
My activities are not necessarily in order of desire or importance. I just wrote them down as I thought of them.
- Drink “an ice-cold glass of milk after it sits in the freezer for a few minutes.
- Take a long hot shower after a long day or hot, sweaty work or exercise.
- Take a nap in the living room floor in the late afternoon under the gentle breeze of the ceiling fan.
- Read the Psalms.
- Sit quietly on the couch and do nothing with no book or TV late at night after everyone else is in bed.
- Drink a cup of warm lemon-flavored tea with my wife, Marie, on the couch.
- Get dressed for the night in my pajamas, robe and slippers in the afternoon.
- Build and watch a fire in the fireplace.
- Take a long walk alone.
- Do stretching exercises on the living room floor.
By the way, I wrote this blog in my pajamas and slippers drinking a cold glass of milk and it’s only 5:44 in the afternoon. Ahhhhhhhhhhh.