I was in Tuscany last week. It was the perfect place to unwind, and the chance to visit Florence a short 21 years after I lived there. We had some good sunsets too!
If you're not going on holiday soon, here's a couple of other ways of relaxing. There is a famous Buddhist quote, which is also a great put-down:
Do not speak – unless it improves on silence.
The importance of silence and meditation in staying calm is well documented. Do the following techniques once a day and you may be surprised by how much more relaxed you are in certain situations. It’s up to you when you do this, but I think it is best used in the morning or in the middle of the day.
- Ensure you are sitting somewhere quiet.
- Take this minute of silence to notice how you are feeling, and make any adjustments so that your whole body is as relaxed as it can be. Start at your toes, and feet, and move slowly all the way the body. Is everything as relaxed as it can be? Are you sitting comfortably? Are all the muscles in your face as relaxed as possible? Make any adjustments as necessary for the full minute, running a full check right up and down your body.
- Say this to yourself, ‘I’d like to ask my unconscious mind to reflect on any situations in the last 24 hours when I could have been more relaxed.’
- Then, just sit. Odd sensation, isn’t it? Sitting doing nothing. Do you feel like you should be doing something? That is why it works I guess. You might find you consciously think about those situations, or you may find that you think about nothing at all. Either is fine.