Finding ways to relax isn’t hard, finding the time to do them is trickier. I would love to sit and read a book with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. Unfortunately, any combination of two of the above either entices my kids to call ‘Mom’ at least three times per sentence or I fall asleep. Some days the only times I can stay awake while I am reading are when I am trying to read myself to sleep. Go figure.
I find the best ways to unwind are some kind of physical activity. After sitting at my desk and working on my computer or bending over my sewing machine, my body is in knots. My neck and shoulder muscles tighten up and ache.
Stretching and yoga help to keep my muscles loose. WS Gager has convinced me to go to a 5:30 am yoga class twice a week. (This probably doesn’t help with staying awake.) But it has done wonders for the tightness in my hips that comes from sitting on my bum at the computer. The other thing it has helped with is my running.
You probably know I run a lot. It’s one of my biggest stress relievers. Being able to tune into a favorite show on my iPad and run a few miles on the treadmill is my version of Netflix and chill. Some days headaches and tension melt away with the sweat. Some days the tension gets tighter and I have to fight for every step. When that happens, I have to hit the yoga mat again and stretch things out.
Do you find physical activity a stress reliever?