Relax, Relate, Release: Find Your ‘Happy Place’ In 6 Easy Steps
Your state of mind can have a physical impact on your body. It’s not easy juggling a job, home life, hobbies, and the pressures of our society, too. A mental vacation can be an effective way to bust stress, overcome depression, and give you a fresh perspective on life.
You don’t have to spend a dime or go anywhere other than a quiet spot nearby to take a mental vacation. A mental vacation has several advantages: No expense; No packing needed; No planes, trains, or buses to catch; No restriction on where you can go.
People who are under a lot of stress have physical problems related to constantly being under stress. And if you don’t find ways to relieve it, even in small periods of time, you can have long-term consequences.
Six Easy Things You Can Do…Right Now
Visualizing a stress-free place and other relaxation techniques are quick and easy ways to help your whole body calm down and give you just the boost you need to get on with your day. Here are six ways that you can slip away onto a mental vacation to reduce stress:
1. Read a book or magazine in bed. This is a great escape and can leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to face whatever is outside your bedroom door. Your bed is warm, cozy, comfortable, and a peaceful place for you. It feels luxurious, and getting lost in some good reading material is a perfect way to forget, then refocus, your own thoughts.
2. Visualize relaxation. Steal a few quiet moments to close your eyes and think of an image that relaxes you — such as the warm sun on your skin and the sound of the ocean, a big country field sprinkled with flowers, or a trickling stream. Think back to a time when you felt peaceful and relaxed, and focus on releasing the tension from your toes to your head.