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3 Wonderful Ways to Relax

3 Wonderful Ways to Relax

Living a city life in the hustle and bustle causes tension inside almost everybody’s heart. Pressure from work, school, family, friends, and from too many things that you could hardly name them all out. Are you stressed out and feeling like you could explode any minute? Take a look at these 3 handy ways to relax which can hopefully alleviate your pressure.

The Magic of a Hot Water Tub

Imagine immersing yourself in a tub full of hot water and feeling the heat of the warm water in your bathroom or on your balcony under the sun. What’s better than that on a cold winter night, or even just on a summer afternoon?

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A hot bath improves both your physical and emotion health. Physically speaking, a hot bath can regulate your blood flow and pressure; studies have also shown that a drop of temperature helps one to sleep better, so in other words, after soaking in a hot tub, you’ll get into good sleep more easily. Right, time to say goodbye to insomnia!

The magic works not only on your body, but on your mind too. While being in a hot bath, no one can disturb you and you can finally cease your mind under the peaceful atmosphere and enjoy your own private moment. It’s your private time—you can do whatever makes you pressure-free, so sit back and do a bit of reading, sing a song while bathing, or simply rest yourself completely.

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The Peace Pillow

Lay your head on a soft pillow and let loose of your body. This is the best way to relax your neck, shoulders, and head from the busy daily works. Even though you don’t have enough time to take a deep sleep, a tiny little laying down of your head on a pillow can help you relax a bit.

Do you have an eye mask? Take it out! Don’t waste it for playing only hide and seek! Close your eyes and put the eye pillow over them, and simply lay yourself down on the sofa or floor at your home or on the grass of your backyard. Then, just breathe and enjoy the absolute darkness. Calmly breathe in the fresh air and feel the serenity with your ears. This is the moment to relax yourself and let go of all the chaotic thoughts.

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The Breathing Out of Tension

One last way that requires no gadgets to rest yourself is to breathe naturally. Take a deep breath and slowly breathe out the tension and anxiety. Breathe in and out gently—there’s no need to hurry yourself in breathing.

When you breathe in the air, make sure your lungs are completely filled, then breathe out all the air. Continue breathing in and out again in the same way and do this as long as you are comfortable with doing. You can do this breathing practice whenever you like; just choose the time which you feel most comfy with, be it early in the morning when you just woke up, in the middle of the day during your lunch break, or at night before you go to sleep. Make this breathing practice a habit of yours and you’ll find yourself less tense as you lead your daily life. Do try this “breathing out of tension” especially when you’re under great pressure, it’ll work!

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The above tips are 3 easy ways to make you feel relaxed and comfortable when you feel stressful and nervous. Next time, when you have the feeling of losing your patience and exploding at any moment, do try to take a breath, take a hot bath, and have your pillow ready.

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Anna Chui

Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the editor of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

Featured photo credit: Anubhav Saxena via unsplash.com

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