I ask, “How do you relax?”
Or should I ask, “Do you relax?”
When I relax, I feel guilty. Take Saturday for example. I spent the day in my pajamas watching tv and hanging with Cody and Raymond. I had fun but felt bad about it on Sunday. Therefore, Sunday had to be uber productive. Probably not what I should be feeling.
One way I relax is with yoga. I don’t go enough and have a hard time keeping a consistent schedule. I can throw out 100 excuses but the truth is I just haven’t made time for it. And I should.
BTW– if you are looking for a great yoga studio, then check out Gotta Yoga! 🙂
Another way I would like to relax is with mediation. Have you ever tried it? It’s SO hard! Think Julia Roberts in Eat.Pray.Love.
I ran across an article a few months ago about the benefits of meditation. Quick rundown:
Meditation, in any form, creates a heightened sense of awareness. I’m guessing this will help with my “live in the moment” goals and ambitions!
Practicing meditation every day for 2 months can physically beef up some parts of your gray matter. Not sure what gray matter is, but sounds like I need to do something about it!
Meditiation can help you master your emotions and help you feel closer to others.
Meditation taps into your rest-and-digest function which is opposite your fight-or-flight. And can drop your blood pressure by up to 4 points.
Relaxing means less cortisol running through your veins. Meditation helps you relax which means less cortisol. And we all know how bad cortisol is for us! I even had a friend change careers because her job was so stressful!
There were some other facts — er thoughts — about how mediation helps you fight off diseases and say no to cookies. I could use the “no to cookies” part.
I’m thinking of starting a Meditation Challenge! Who’s in? Who’s with me? 🙂
12 minutes a day might be pushing it, but I could start with 5! What about you?
Until next time…