What is relaxation?
In common terminology, relaxation means that we leave ourselves free of tension. Relaxing the mind may mean that the mind is not under stress or active. In today’s lifestyle, this looks difficult. Doesn’t it?
Nowadays, most of us are used to be being under stress during most of the week and relaxing only on the weekends. This is considered the common way of life. Is this the right way of living? Isn’t living a relaxed life all or most of the time not our right? Let us reclaim it.
If you ask anyone why is he/she under stress most of the week, what answer do you expect to get? “I have so much work to do, deadlines to meet, tasks to be completed, prepare for the new launch etc.” Don’t you think that something like this will be the response? “I don’t have time to relax.”
Why most of us are stressed all the time
At some time in our life, while we are chasing the dreams,we lose our habit of sitting back and reflecting. We begin giving auto responses. If we are held up in a traffic jam, our response is either to worry about the work ahead or blame the system or some such negative thought. Not many of us think, “all right, if the traffic is not moving, let me relax,listen to some good music, or go back to some childhood memories, remember good friends, let me make the best use of the time to relax and enjoy life.” Not many of us respond in this way. We respond in stressed way whenever we come across any similar situation. This habit is taking a big toll on our quality of life.
Stress – A way of life
We have taken stress as a way of life. Very few of us think about why they are trying to work at such a hectic pace and if ultimately, we are going to leave this world with a lot of incomplete work, why not at least work in a relaxed way? What is the use of working so much, if we kill all the joy. In search of a better tomorrow, we kill the present. Isn’t it?
Stressed work environment, stressed family life, no time to just walk around doing nothing but watch the nature around us…Why? It is as if we want to achieve as much as we can in the shortest possible time and therefore,we have no time to relax. Working non-stop week long is a way of life for a large majority. The increase in heart attacks, depression etc., are all the results of this stressed lifestyle. When we get stressed, we look around for the latest stress busters, latest therapies, and so on to counter the stress.
And then by the time the weekend arrives, we again go out somewhere to relax. Sometimes holidays are filled with stress, aren’t they? Why not search for a way to find your inner peace and tranquility all through the week? Why not work in a relaxed frame of mind? What good does getting stressed do for us?
Reflection about our own life is very essential if we want to reclaim our right to live peacefully. It can even be helpful to start with something simple. Will it help, for example, if we bring some beautiful scenes of nature onto our computers at work? Will it help, if we find time to watch a butterfly flying around on our screens? The beauty of a colorful butterfly or even an animation of a waterfall or listening to the the distant sounds of thunder have wonderful meditative properties. Can these little things help make us little relaxed?
If your answer is yes, it only takes a few moments to download a screensaver and immerse yourself in nature while taking a few relaxing deep meditative breaths. While sitting in traffic, put in a CD or play some downloaded nature sounds and try not to stress about the other people around you busily scurrying about their own stressful lives. In short, it is possible to find an inner calm and significantly reduce the stress in your daily lives. All it takes is the right frame of mind and finding those little stolen moments as you go about your day.Before you know it, you’ll discover your life is a lot less stressful because you will have given your mind an outlet where you can now replace those negative thoughts with positive energy.
Peace to you, and live well!