Three Foolproof Ways to Get Relaxation Into Your Busy Schedule

business_woman_relaxingTaking time to relax helps you be at your best for business, Marisa Sanfilippo explains.

Some 55% of American workers left vacation days unused last year. It’s time to build up performance planning for long-term productivity.

Relaxing helps heal. A relaxed mind is able to help the body heal better. When our bodies are under a lot of pressure, our immune system gets beat up. High stress can make us sick. Chronic stress lasting a month or more affects the risk of catching a cold.

Relaxing makes us be more productive. Spending more hours at work often leads to less time for sleep and insufficient sleep takes a substantial toll on performance.

Relaxing helps us make better decisions. Stress can affect our ability to think clearly, changing how we weigh risk and reward. Competence in judgment is always comprised under stress. It induces a tendency to offer solutions before all decision alternatives had been considered and to scan such alternatives in a non-systematic fashion.

1. Take mini breaks throughout the day.
I set three reminders on my phone every day to practice their one-minute meditation.

As part of the meditation, you simply sit in a straight-backed chair with your feet flat on the floor, closing your eyes and lowering your gaze. You then focus your attention on your breath and stay in touch with the sensations of your breath. That’s it.

2. Give yourself a spa experience, at home
Light candles. They help set the mood and create a relaxing atmosphere.
Give yourself a mini facial. Continue the pampering with a hand massage.
Put on soothing music. Follow up your hand massage with a foot massage.
If you don’t have time this, refresh yourself on the go with a face mister.

3. Taste your food, really taste your food
Something you also need to do often is eat. Have you ever taken the time to really taste your food? As I write this article, I’m finishing up my dinner.

Oftentimes when I’m eating, I’m doing something else. Can you relate? But I’ve learned to set aside everything else and savor my food (at least twice a week on weekends when my schedule isn’t so hectic).

As you go to put the first piece of food in your mouth, observe it. What does it look like? What does it feel like? As you bite each piece, eat slowly, chewing your food thoroughly and breathing between bites. Don’t worry about the noises or sites around you – just focus on your food, a practice of mindfulness, the act of giving open attention to the present.

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