When it comes to dealing with a busy and fast paced life, finding ways to deal with stress and making time for rest and relaxation is crucial. If we don’t have down time for our mind and body to relax, we will ultimately run down.

We are human beings not human doings, and finding balance between work, rest, and play can help us have better physical and emotional health, and find greater life-fulfillment.

Practice simplicity

Sometimes simple is better. With all the things we have to do and the vast amount of options for consumption, living a simple and minimal life will make things less hectic and more organized. Living a more simple life can help you keep things uncluttered, prevent running into conflicting priorities, and making room for what’s really important to you.

Unplug

If you’re like most people you are constantly wired and plugged in. We are constantly stimulated and interacting with others through the phone, television, and internet. If we aren’t careful this can leave no time for relaxing our mind. Just as our body needs sleep for restoration, our mind needs a rest from constant stimulation. Set time aside where you can “unplug” and unwind.

Slow down

Do you feel like you have more to do than you have time for, and that you are always on the go? If this is the case you are probably living a rushed and hurried existence. Never making time to be still can lead to exhaustion. Learning to be patient and practice mindfulness as we go through our daily routine can help you to remain present and release pressure. Meditation is another wonderful way to manage stress and take time for stillness and silence.

Sleep

We need sleep for physical restoration, adaptation, growth, and memory. Research studies increasingly reveal that people do not function optimally when they are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation can decrease our cognitive ability to focus, problems solve, maintain attention, and it can cause irritability, and emotional irregularity.

What is your sleep deprived symptoms? What can be done to help you sleep better and be more rested?

Take a day off

Everyone needs a day off. When we work non-stop and don’t take a break not only is it detrimental for our health, but it also detracts from our mental and emotional health. We need balance between work and play in order to efficiently interact in each domain. Taking a day off can improve creativity and offer a chance to devote time to important aspects of your life.

Take a vacation

When was the last vacation you had? Do you take advantage of all your vacation days? People may think they don’t have time and are too busy to go on vacation, but getting away from the hustle and bustle of life is a wonderful source of renewal and restoration. Vacations are often wonderful experiences that provide positive memories, moments of joy, inspiration, and amusement.

Enjoy leisure time

How do you spend your free time? Do you engage in enjoyable activities where you can let loose? Leisure time offers a chance to regroup and relax. It offers a chance to feel free from life’s restraints, and provides time to experience peace of mind. Everyone needs time away from daily stressors, so start making leisure time a priority and reap the benefits.

Before stress and tension weigh you down, consider what you can do to bring restoration and relaxation into your life. What provides nourishment to your mind and body? How can you restore vitality and refresh your energy level?

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