Are you high on need for Achievement and love to take on more work than you can manage? Are you one of those employees who is the first one to enter office and the last one to leave? Do you love your work so much that you most often bring work home? If you’ve answered in the positive, you’re a workaholic! From sunrise to sunset, you’re on your toes either answering your work emails, networking with people or creating presentations for that important meeting. It’s almost like you’re running a marathon everyday and the finish line just doesn’t seem to appear. You tend to get so absorbed in the daily grind of office life! While work can surely be fun, exciting, fulfilling and rewarding, you have to learn to relax and de-stress to rejuvenate yourself for the many successes to follow before you burn out!
Here are 5 ways to help you unwind, relax, refresh and recharge yourself!
Water is said to be the elixir of life. Go sailing to have a nice relaxing time on the water. Research has shown that the rhythm of the water waves alters your brain waves that help you relax and become one with nature. The sea air is composed of healthy negative hydrogen ions which improve ability to absorb oxygen and also help balance levels of serotonin, a body chemical associated with stress. Time spent near the sea water is sure to make you feel more energized and alert. Mumbai has a number of associations who offer sailing options like The Gateway sailing club, Aqua Sail India and many more at affordable prices. You get to equip yourself with basic sailing skills and if you love sailing, get yourself registered for one of their sailing courses.
From Hindu Vedas to Taoist China to Buddhist India, meditation has passed on to humanity to help train the mind to focus and reach a state of awareness and inner calm. It can be associated with the famous ancient Greek maxim ‘know thyself.’ Meditation techniques are myriad: Yoga, Vipassana, Tai Chi, Mindfulness meditation, Mantra meditation, Guided meditation, Transcendental meditation and many more. Whichever technique you choose, ensure you set aside a time of the day to meditate, wear comfortable clothes, make sure you will not be disturbed, sit comfortably with your spine erect and follow the course of your meditation. The techniques will help you to declutter your mind of all the mental factors that may cause stress and pain. Meditation of course comes with practice, so don’t feel stressed if you can’t. Give it time and try to see which technique suits your requirement the best.
From day spas to spa towns to spa resorts, SPA relaxation has become very popular and many are living the ostensible ‘SPA’ life. SPA, an abbreviation for Solus Par Aqua, meaning healing through water – ‘hydrotherapy’ also offers options of therapeutic massages, touch therapy. The massage therapist will ease your tensed muscles and help you relax and tone down your pain. Most of these treatments help improve blood circulation which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body cells and also helps regulate your blood pressure. Spa treatments bring the mind, body & soul in harmony thereby revitalizing you.
‘The Eagles’ sang ‘Well, I’m running down the road, trying to loosen my load….’ lyrics from their famous song ‘Take it Easy’. Apt for many, getting behind the wheels and going for a long drive in the night on an empty road can be calming and soothing. The feeling of getting away from everything and just being by yourself is bestowed on you. The wind blowing on your face and the music playing in the background is a sure unwinding experience.
If you prefer to relax and stay indoors, a movie or television show marathon is something you could do. A list of things to enjoy the marathon – Choose your theme (Sci fi, chick flicks, comedy, etc), have the DVDs and sound systems ready, keep your munchies ready to nibble on – no movie is complete without popcorn, stock up all the juices and drinks that you’ll need, set up the room with enough pillows to add to the comfort and don’t forget to call your friends over to share in the fun.