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?


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.


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.


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!


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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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