Relaxation tends to be one of the things that eludes us most in life. It can be either our circumstances or our choices that lead to us feeling constantly frazzled! Sometimes, it’s just how life is – it may not be your fault – but you feel desperate for a sense of peace or rejuvenation. Other times, you’ve chosen to stay busy. And that’s fine, too!
But, whether we want to relax or not, that need will come knocking on our door soon enough. This is closely related to spending time alone, like I touched on in my post about savoring solitude… but sometimes, life is crazy, the kiddos are calling your name, the phone is ringing, or there’s a deadline to meet! We don’t all have time to make an appointment for a weekly massage! How can you incorporate that elusive relaxation factor into your busy schedule?
5 Simple Ways to Incorporate Relaxation Into Your Busy Life:
1 // Play low-key music. You can do this practically anywhere! Play music at work, while you’re prepping or working on a task. Turn it on at home, while you throw another load of laundry in or chop up an onion for supper. Crank it up in the car, as you travel between two elementary schools (that was the story of my life last year!). Music-playing can be so flexible! It really is at the heart of who I am (and who so many of us are). Music is so powerful in terms of the ebb and flow of our emotions throughout the day! I crafted a Spotify playlist of my favorite peaceful songs here.
2 // Don’t forget the little comforts. Even the smallest things can make a significant difference in your emotional approach to your day. A couple of my favorites? I’m currently wrapped up in a blanket, drinking a mug of hot chai tea. Other small comforts would include actions like using ambient lighting whenever possible, or using soothing lotion with a calming scent. A small lamp, rather than harsh lighting, or a cool cucumber-scented lotion could also help you incorporate a bit more relaxation into your day!
3 // Simplify your visual space. This is a cleaning rule that my mother introduced me to. Sometimes, we feel stressed or unable to relax because there is too much visually calling for our attention! This makes a lot of sense to me when I think about the current push for minimalism and simplicity in our lives. We crave that simplification sometimes! So, let’s maintain a clean workspace or main room! Do you have a cubicle at work that’s starting to feel like it’s closing in on you? Perhaps you can de-clutter it by keeping only the most important or necessary business cards, notepads, and photos on display. And while you’re at it, consider adding a peppy little succulent! It’ll add an extra spa-factor to your work area.
4 // Wear a surprisingly comfortable outfit! Maxi skirts are my favorite go-to comfortable outfit to wear to work, since they’re essentially yoga pants that I’m allowed to wear professionally. 🙂 This is why clothing stylists speak to the importance of feeling comfortable in your clothing – it will result in you having a happier, less uptight day!
5 // Reset yourself mentally. Use those moments over your lunch break to pray, journal, take deep breaths, or stretch. I relish those opportunities (however brief) in which I have a moment to focus on the big picture, or regain perspective in a difficult situation. Don’t forget to create those opportunities for yourself!
How do you strive to relax during the day, even when you feel consumed by a busy schedule?
Liked this post, but struggling to find peace even when you are at home? Then you may enjoy: 7 Ways to Incorporate a Sense of Peace Into Your Home.