Thursday, February 28, 2013

3 Quick Ways to Relax

I was talking with a friend of mine who leads a hectic life--I know, we all do, but hers takes a toll on her physically. She's supposed to relax. Trouble is, how do you do that in a busy world?

Oh, we all know ways, right? Stretch more, sleep more, read more, do pilates. But those are long term things, and you can't do them right now today. (The irony of right-now-today isn't lost on me or her, as we are people who do too much and then wonder why our shoulders are hunched up around our ears.)

We brainstormed and came up with three immediate, short-term fixes.

1. Rainy Mood.com. This is a gem. It's a super simple website: you go there, and it rains. Sometimes it rains hard, sometimes it thunders. It's wonderful and relaxing and perfect for when you need to buckle down and write or work or whatever it is.

2. Chai tea lattes. The spice in these things is so comforting--as is wrapping your hands around a warm cup of something. Starbucks does a good one but you can get these anywhere, and often the little independent shops do them best.Something about the spice just helps.

3. Self-compassion.org. This is a great website that teaches you to relax more, take it easy on yourself more. They have a series of great guided meditations that you can do--and if you're the crazy busy type like me, meditating isn't something that comes easily. This is a nice quick way to get back into the groove.

Hope these help and please leave your own quick-fix method in the comments! I'd love to hear about it!

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