Day 688: De-stress yourself

Wow, I’ve been away for longer than I thought, lol.

But I just got back from a vacation and I got this sudden urge to share some of the relaxation I experienced. (And should last for maybe an hour now that I’m back at work. 🙂 )

I’m convinced that nothing is more relaxing than watching frolicking dolphins, so here you go (videos taken by me!):

And I was checking out other ways to relax and found these interesting tips:

Knit to unknot
Along with taking a walk, deep breathing, yoga etc., apparently it’s very relaxing to knit or do other handicrafts: “Repetitive motions can soothe anxiety, according to avid knitter and pediatrician, Perri Klass, M.D. Mindfulness expert Dr. Herbert Benson agrees: Knitting fulfills the two criteria of mindfulness practice, as he sees it: ‘the repetition of a sound, word, phrase prayer, or movement, and the passive setting aside of intruding thoughts and returning to the repetition.'” Knitting as “phrase prayer” … I never thought of it like that but it makes perfect sense.

Snack slowly
Did you know that a small indulgence (like chocolate or ice cream) can be good for you? Especially if you take your time to savour the moment, the texture, the whole experience — meditate on it!

“Dr. Drew Ramsey, an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the author of The Happiness Diet told The Huffington Post earlier this year: ‘Stress is a brain and immune system mediated phenomena, and your gut is the largest organ in your immune system.'”

So go have that bonbon!

Give yourself a hand
“Applying pressure to the space between your second and third knuckle (the joints at the base of your pointer and middle fingers) can help to create a sense of instant calm, according to Sharon Melnick, author of Success Under Stress.

“‘It activates a nerve that loosens the area around the heart, so any of that fluttery feeling you feel when you’re nervous will end up going away,’ Melnick told Business Insider.”

And music may be the best relaxer of all, enjoy and Happy Holidays!


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