Make Time for Fun and Relaxation

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Beyond a take-charge approach and a positive attitude, you can reduce stress in your life by nurturing yourself. If you regularly make time for fun and relaxation, you’ll be in a better place to handle life’s stressors when they inevitably come.

Healthy ways to relax and recharge include:

  • Going for a walk.
  • Spending time in nature.
  • Calling a good friend.
  • Sweating out tension with a good workout.
  • Writing in your journal.
  • Taking a long bath.
  • Lighting scented candles.
  • Savoring a warm cup of coffee or tea.
  • Playing with a pet.
  • Working in your garden.
  • Getting a massage.
  • Curling up with a good book.
  • Listening to music.
  • Watching a comedy.

Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that you forget to take care of your own needs. Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury.

  • Set aside relaxation time. Include rest and relaxation in your daily schedule. Don’t allow other obligations to encroach. This is your time to take a break from all responsibilities and recharge your batteries.
  • Connect with others. Spend time with positive people who enhance your life. A strong support system will buffer you from the negative effects of stress.
  • Do something you enjoy every day. Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be stargazing, playing the piano, or working on your bike.
  • Keep your sense of humor. This includes the ability to laugh at yourself. The act of laughing helps your body fight stress in a number of ways.