If you think spare time is a luxury you can’t afford, think again…relaxation is essential to your happiness, health and success. When you live a busy life and you just want to have, be and do the best you can with the least amount of pain and suffering the last thing you want is to stress get in the way of your successes.
While discipline, drive and deadlines help achieve your goals you need to realize that taking time to relax isn’t something to do moments before you are about to break down, it’s critical to performing at high levels while remaining healthy.
What Does Success Mean To You?
True success comes from more than just setting and achieving goals. It comes from taking the time to smell the roses along the way so that you can fully appreciate what you have achieved. To accomplish this, you must take your well-being
You need to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and take time to rest your body, mind and soul, even if only for a few moments. It’s easy to grow accustomed to increased levels of stress. To avoid getting burned out don’t just make relaxation an item on your to-do list. Learn to rejuvenate your body and increase your energy levels by:
1. Take a break, even if just for a minute.
Relaxation can take any form that’s appealing to you and any length of time. Studies have shown that simply tensing your muscles and allowing them to relax is an effective way to decompress. Find a quiet place to lie down, uncross your legs and arms, and rest your palms on your stomach.
Close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Tense every muscle from the top of your head to your toes for a second. Then simply clear your mind for a moment. Making relaxation part of your routine …
Take 15 minutes each day to reflect and have downtime. No amount of regret can make up for lost time or opportunities. Achieve clarity by recognizing your successes, letting go of your stress, and deciding on the best step for you to take
2. Turning frustration into inspiration.
When obstacles cross your path, it’s much easier to get riled up than it is to calm down. No one can predict the future. Instead of becoming aggravated about occurrences out of your control, relax and try to spot opportunities. Ask yourself “How can this situation fuel my success?” You’ll be amazed at the possibilities you discover.
3. Saying NO to less important things.
You are in control of your to-do list. Learn to use your intuition to decide if opportunities are right for your life or your business. Saying no is a big part of your overall success, and people will respect your honesty. In fact, they will begin to approach you with the right ideas that will help you achieve success on your terms.
To truly relax, you must be true to yourself. Pay attention to any physical or emotional symptoms that arise in response to stress. When you feel anxious, recognize that it’s OK to relax, slack off for a short period, or get more sleep. Success comes from attaining your goals while having the time and energy to celebrate your wins.
Relaxation is just one of the vehicles you can use to arrive safely and in great health.