People today have a lot to juggle, such as work, commutes, family and social lives. It seems as if society in general runs at an ever accelerating pace. The technology that was intended to save people time and labor, such as cell phones, email, messaging and the like, often turn out to be one more thing to manage. People feel frazzled and harried the vast majority of the time. Even when they have time off, a large number of individuals find it difficult to relax because they're already anticipating the next thing they have to do. It is a troubling situation.
As a result, everyone is looking for ways to more rapidly reach a state of relaxation. Some have turned to illegal drugs. Some do yoga, or take up jogging. Still others meditate. Many people have found it helpful to transform their homes into a sanctuary in order to have a place to escape. They fill their home with items that make them feel peaceful, or which give them joy. They use aromatherapy via herbal incense
, candles, essential oils or herbal potpourri
to cast a fragrant spell throughout their rooms. The use of sound helps many relax, such as the resonating tone produced by striking a singing bowl.
Another tactic employed by many who seek peace and relaxation is to extend their living space to include nature. It is lovely to be able to walk away from a stressful day at work, and its associated arguments, traffic, and deadlines, and escape to one's private, sun dappled, backyard oasis. Imagine a comfortable glider or hammock swing, colorful flowers, the sound of water trickling in a nearby fountain, and the scent of herbal incense (which can be purchased at incenser.com
) floating on a lazy breeze. Some people, in fact, find the activity of creating such a getaway to be stress relieving in and of itself.
Perhaps the most important key to surviving modern-day stress is to simply remember to breathe. Stressed people almost always breathe shallowly, a habit that reinforces stressful feelings and thereby creates a negative cycle. By remembering to breathe deeply and to exhale completely, it is possible to lower one's blood pressure, create an internal sense of calm and to oxygenate the brain, empowering it to function more precisely. Some people find it necessary to actually block out time on in their schedules for breathing, and to downshift life in general. Give it a try, relax, and breathe your stress away.