Health & Well-Being

Stop and Smell the Roses: Take a Moment to Relax

By: Sharon Kurtz | 

In these hectic days we sometimes  need to take a break to relax and rejuvenate our mind, body, and spirit.

Here are some easy ways to kick back and relax.

Read a book in a hammock

Spend a few lazy hours lying in a hammock with a good book. Time resting in a hammock can be an incredibly relaxing experience. Studies have found the slow rocking motion of a hammock calms down your mind.

Listen to relaxing music

Listening to your favorite music can be very relaxing and remind you of happy times.  Slower tempos can calm your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the day’s stress.

Get yourself a massage

A good massage can help you relax and reduce anxiety. Adding essential oils and aromatherapy can do wonders to reduce stress. You can go to a massage therapist or — even better — ask your partner to give you a full body massage. Remember to return the favor.

Go for a walk in nature

Go for a mindful morning walk when the air is fresh at the Dallas Arboretum. The birdcalls and the soothing flowing water in the fern dell are all you need to give yourself a whole new outlook on life. Exercise helps boost endorphins and reduce stress — and research shows less than 20 minutes a day is needed to experience benefits.

Spend time with a pet

Quality time with a dog, cat, or other pet can be highly relaxing. Research shows petting animals releases feel-good hormones in humans. If you don’t have a pet, go visit a friend with one or volunteer at the SPCA of Texas.

Play in your garden

Gardening reduces stress and is very relaxing. Just getting out into the sun can improve your mood, and being in touch with nature can help you feel more removed from the trials of daily life. Planting a garden or just pulling weeds can have a calming influence on the mind.

Finding ways to relax boosts your mood and keeps you healthy. Stress can wreak havoc on your state of mind—relaxation breeds positivity and optimism.

So, get your chill on and be kind to yourself. Relax a little every day! 


Sharon Kurtz

Sharon Kurtz is a freelance writer and photographer. Her passion is travel, telling stories, and tussling with her four-legged friends. As a baby boomer who loves adventure, she welcomes opportunities to share stories of people, places, food, and flavors around the corner or around the world. A regular contributor to fyi50+ Magazine, she's published 200 articles in various digital and print publications. Austin, Texas, is home with her husband and three spoiled dogs when not searching out new adventures. You can follow her travels on Instagram and Facebook.

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