When I was contacted by Vegas.com to share the ways I like to unwind and “let loose” in honor of National Stress Awareness Month, I thought it would be a fun idea for a post, so I agreed! They apparently saw that I needed to focus on stress management. 😉 I definitely get a little stressed out with all of my responsibilities, which is why I’m trying to simplify this year and manage my time better. And when things get hectic, here are some of the ways I like to unwind and relax…aside from just kicking up my feet and watching TV. These are the things I have to set aside a little time for and prioritize some “me” time to accomplish, and I think because of that, they’re so much more rewarding than staring blankly at the TV screen.
Time with friends and family
This is probably a common one for everyone, but just setting aside time to enjoy those we love and have fun with is a great way to relax and unwind. Whether it’s time with my husband and daughter or other family, a coffee date with my bestie, crop night with the girls, or wine night with friends and good food, I enjoy being around those I care about. It allows for time to catch up, time to vent, time to laugh (maybe even cry), and there’s just so much therapy in relationships! (Well, good ones anyway. ;))
Some good exercise
Of course I used a Jazzercise photo, but in addition to de-stressing with a pumpin’ workout at Jazzercise, I also love a relaxing yoga class and a long, quiet walk to decompress, process my thoughts and relax. Whatever the form of exercise, I find it’s a great time to be in my own head and just go inward. If I’m going to jog a little (interval walking/jogging is the most you’ll ever see me run) I do listen to iTunes, but for walks I prefer to quietly walk by myself with just my thoughts and the sounds around me. I’m able to really appreciate everything: The breeze, the sunshine, God’s creations. In the course of a busy day when I’m always multi-tasking, appreciating the things around me and having time for my own thoughts doesn’t happen very often!
Reading for pleasure
I’m not a huge reader, and usually books that I read are more for information gathering purposes than just to read a novel, but whatever the topic, it’s nice when I have time to just Sit. And. Read. I especially enjoy a good magazine. #BetterHomesandGardens #CountryLiving #RealSimple Maybe it’s the lack of commitment and the fact that I can get through a magazine in much shorter time, but it’s also enjoyable just thumbing through the pages, finding fun new ideas and inspiration.
We don’t do this often enough, either, but I love camping. We’re tent campers and despite the extra time and work that entails (and occasionally battling weather issues), I really do prefer it. I love having to think outside the box to cook on an open flame. I love sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows and kicking my feet up. I love waking up to the sounds of nature (and possibly the neighboring campers…ok, maybe not that part). And most of all, I love the lack of a schedule. There aren’t clocks, there aren’t appointments. We don’t have to do anything, really. This is one of those times I love to read and just enjoy nature. I find camping to be very relaxing!
Sitting outside on a nice day
|Therapy Pool at The Aria|