Instead of “doing” resolutions in the year 2013, I decided to choose a word to work on throughout the year. In fact, this is quite a phenomenon on the internet, check out this site – One Word, 365. My first thought was the word FOCUS, but after a few stressful days at work, I realized if I didn’t learn to RELAX – I wasn’t going to be able to do anything else. Without relaxation, there is no productivity.
What does relax really mean? First of all, it is a verb, and mean to make or become less tense or anxious. Or to rest and enjoy an activity to become less tired or anxious. Yes, without learning to relax, I am not going to be productive. I won’t feel rested and I won’t be open to new things. I will be STUCK with what is causing me stress – stressing me out! How am I going to do this? I’m going to learn as I go. I have begun working through the book The Artist’s Way. One of the most important things to do – and it is important to do it on a daily basis, is write “the morning pages”. This is three pages in longhand upon getting up every morning. It isn’t easy! At least not for me – yet! But, it does empty your head out, empty your thoughts, you put them all on paper. I have done them before, but I’m starting 2013 committed to doing them!
One of the first things I did was made a sign to put in my studio, at my desk, and in my office.
Here is a list of things to do that I believe will help me relax.
- Breathe deeply
- Take a walk
- Practice meditation
- Stop feeling guilty
- Spend time with a pet
- Listen to music
- Do something repetive – like brushing your hair
- Take a bath
- Count your blessing
- Eat a banana – your potassium level is reduced during times of stress
- Relax your jaw
- Look at the clouds
- Go barefoot
What do you do to relax? I’d love some input!