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Oprah Winfrey’s Secret Recipe For Relaxation

Oprah Winfrey’s Secret Recipe For Relaxation

Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, media mogul, actress, producer, and philanthropist, knows how to work, and how to do it successfully. What she has also learned to get great at it, is to balance all these roles, by practicing the art of relaxation.

Work-life balance relies on making time for relaxation, and even celebrating it. The theme of Oprah’s latest issue of her popular O Magazine is “The Really Busy Woman’s Guide to Relaxing.” Yes, even the busiest of people need to take time to just chill. (Just Chill is also the name of a refreshing beverage that Oprah recommends which contains amino acids from green tea leaves, purported to provoke feelings of calm.)

Relaxation can seem like laziness or being un-productive, but it is actually a key ingredient in living a successful life. Oprah Winfrey is working on getting “this relaxation thing down.” She is a high achiever, yet is learning that the value of having down-time can make all of that achieving worth it. What is the point of doing and striving if you don’t take the time out to thrive and just relax in the moment?

Oprah’s version of relaxation is simple, inexpensive, and easy for anyone to take on. It is mainly about being mindful, and aware of the peace and beauty inherent in nature, and the simplicity of downtime.

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Here are some ways you can take on Oprah’s suggestion to “cherish the good times.”

Spend time outside on a blanket in an open spot.

Just basking in the sunshine boosts your Vitamin D levels which can bring relaxation and stave off depression. No backyard? Parks are free.

Curl up with a good book.

Nothing that takes too much mental work like a business or finance book, but some juicy fiction that takes you on a journey through the author’s words. Oprah recommends The Road to Character by David Brooks.

Take a long hot bath.

If you don’t have a bathtub, try a local sauna or spa to soak your way into relaxation.

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Watch a sunset, or a sunrise.

Taking the time to enjoy something that happens every day, and relishing in the “golden hour” before sunset can soothe and calm you.

Listen to the sounds around you.

Even the sounds of the city can create a beautiful symphony if you let it just wash over you.

Play some soothing music.

Music therapy can release stress and emotional distress. Oprah recommends the song “Weightless,” created by Sound Therapist Lyz Cooper, with artist Marconi Union.

Drink something relaxing.

Enjoy a glass of wine, or in Oprah’s case, a homemade margarita. If you do not choose to drink alcohol, try some lavender lemonade. Lavender oil can reduce anxiety.

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Try mindfulness meditation.

There are several mobile phone apps that can help you take the time out to relax your mind. Some believe that meditation is even more effective at rest than taking a nap.

Even if you only have a few minutes, you still have time to relax.

Rest and Relaxation doesn’t mean having to take a week off at a retreat in the mountains. It can be as simple as drinking a cup of tea and sitting down for 5 minutes.

Camp out in nature.

Sleeping under the stars can get you away from the hustle and bustle. Oprah recommends doing it in your pyjamas … and staying in them all day.

Create a relaxing daily ritual, such as sitting down with a cup of Oprah Chai Tea from Starbucks.

The tea contains cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, in a black-tea and rooibos blend. Those spices, according to Ayurvedic medicine, have a warming quality to them which are known to be calming.

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Along with the time to go out and strive for what’s important, take the time to simply relax. Just let it be.

Featured photo credit: Image Courtesy of Oprah Winfrey via huffingtonpost.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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