Wind Down and Relax This Weekend to Replenish Your Energy

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Wind down today…

Finding time to wind down and relax is one of the most rejuvenating gifts you can give yourself.

It’s also a gift that’s one of the hardest to come by, it seems. 

As we begin a weekend, I thought this would be a great time to talk about relaxation and to share a couple of quick tips.

So, why is it hard to wind down?

Well, if you’re busy, you’ve probably established a habit of juggling a lot and being pretty much constantly in action. That can mean that relaxing almost feels alien. It certainly doesn’t come automatically.

It takes effort to wind down.

And then there’s another hurdle to overcome.

Many of my clients tell me they feel guilty relaxing, AND they feel guilty because they have a hard time relaxing. It’s quite a bind.

So, does that describe you? Stepping back, you can see that there are two challenges here:

  • Carving out the time to wind down and relax, and then
  • Using that time in a truly relaxing way.

The first step involves setting time boundaries.  Whether it is a week-long vacation or a 15-minute break in a busy day, carve out the time and set it apart for relaxation.

Then, really wind down…

The second step involves quieting your mind and letting go of the clamor of the “shoulds” and “to do’s” (not to mention the guilt) that can swirl there for each of us. 

It’s helpful to expect that these distracting thoughts will rise – and to know that you can gently set them aside.  Don’t empower them.  Just recognize what is happening and let them go.

With practice, these voices will quiet and you will be able to breathe and relax into your moment. 

Practice is important.

Like so many other things, this is a skill that you will develop over time.  And as for the time you devote to it, it’s not the duration so much as the quality of the time that matters.

A few deliberate minutes every day can remind you how to really be present in your life. So, try practicing relaxation over the next two days and see how you feel.

Set aside the time. And remember to call it “practice.” That helps relieve some of the pressure to “get it right.”

For more help…

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What do you picture when you imagine something like that for yourself? Are you peaceful and quiet? Maybe you’re focused and fully engaged in a project or pursuit. The answers will be unique to you, but what’s always the same, though, is that it’s something you can give yourself whenever you choose.

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