It’s often so easy in our culture and society to put up walls, to let ourselves harden in order to protect ourselves from the intensity of our day to day lives – Duncan Parviainen
From the moment we wake up to the time we come home from work, we are constantly on the go. Living in a fast-paced world, we can all agree that life is never on pause- not even for a second. Whether it be going to work, school, or traveling afar, we tend to build up stress and tension into our lives and too often, bring it home with us. On a personal level, I will admit, I accumulate a lot of stress and tension into my body every day. Living in a constant state of urgency, I tend to forget to relax and enjoy my life; thus always coming home and heading straight to bed.
With all the stress, tension, and anxiety that we build up on a daily basis, it is important that we, as individuals, continue to maintain our identity. As individuals, we sometimes tend lose who we are when we are experiencing stresses in our working lives. Like the Snicker commercial, “You’re not you when you’re hungry,” or in other words, “You’re not you when you’re stress.” Thus, it is important to take some time off during the day to restore, refresh, and rejuvenate.
Why you may ask?
Taking time from our ever so busy life is the most powerful thing we could do for our mind, spirit, and body. With that, it brings us closer to finding ourselves, our potentials, and who we are as individuals and members of society.
After coming home from a tiring day at work or hanging out with friends or family, I always give myself the rest of the night to rejuvenate myself. I give myself an hour to catch up on social media-because let’s be real, who doesn’t- then turn off my electronics to allow myself to breathe. With that being said, here are my musings that I do on a daily basis.
To calm my mind, I begin with meditation. Meditating has always been important to me, especially when I am stressed or not having a good day. With meditation, it helps calm my mind, as well as relax my nerves and the tension I’ve built up all day. I normally meditate for thirty minutes but sometimes my meditation can lasts more than two hours.
I like going for long walks in my neighbourhood. Since it gets cooler during the evening, that is when I normally like going. During my walks, I begin reflecting on what I have accomplished in my life, as well as all the blessings I’ve received. I tend to let all the negativity go, and look at all the potentials I have in my future. Walking also helps me calm my mind, giving me space to think and reflect.
Okay, I don’t know if this is just me but I like to dance on my own. To release all the stress, tension, and anxiety, I like to blast my music and shake it all off. Sometimes I make my little brother dance with me, but most of the time it would be alone until I can’t feel anymore- which is a good thing. Dancing has helped so much. From good to bad, I dance all the time, which helps me feel more relaxed and refreshed!
I like to cleanse myself almost every day. When it comes to my body, I like to brew myself a cup of Honey-Lemon, Jasmine, Green, or Passion Tango tea- whatever I feel like having that day. When it comes to my mind, I burn incense and candles in my room to give off a more relaxed atmosphere. With that, I like to find myself a good book to read, bury myself in it, and go on an adventure. Cleansing time is the time to refresh my mind, soul, and body. After that, I feel like a new person, preparing myself for a brand new day.
Before I head to bed, I like to thank myself. I like to thank myself for always getting through the day; even those stressful days that I may have. After working hard and helping people, at the end of the day I like to acknowledge myself a little, giving myself that boost I need for the next day. Appreciating myself has always helped me rejuvenate; allowing myself to start fresh the following day.
All in all, I hope you find time to restore, refresh, and rejuvenate yourself at the end of the day. Your mind, spirit, and body will thank for that.
Disclaimer: The featured image is not mine. Retrieved from Google Images.