The planets are doing a 2 step on our spirits lately. Astrologically the solar system is doing a number on us. I’ve been in a funk for weeks and trying to find new ways to overcome it. Here are some easy tips to relieve stress and boost your spirits:
Laughter, get in your favorite nibbles: whatever they may be. A cup of hot tea, ice tea or favorite beverage to relax with in hand. Laughter truly is the best medicine. Watch only comedy, movies or read books that lift your spirit and sing to your soul.
Distancing from problems can bring vision and relaxation. Take off for some peace and quiet. Take a day or better still a weekend or a week. Take a journal, relax and gather your thoughts. When we’re under pressure or struggling to cope with a major situation or event in life, seeing solutions to our problems can be really difficult.
Being near water, come to think of it, weather it be lake, ocean or just listening to a local creek babble. I can sit for hours at our local coffee shop near the babbling creek, under the mulberry tree and watch the butterflies dance. Try you local version of this or off to the beach if you have that luxury.
Increase calmness and feel great by indulging in a spa day. If you can’t afford one try it at home. Create a relaxing atmosphere by softening the lights and have essential oils. Lavender oil is particularly relaxing. Better still take a get away day to a near by spa and make a day of it. They give you lockers, robes, slippers and even if you only get one treatment you have access to the spa, sauna, hot tub or other spaces for the day. You can even, in some places, order the masseuse to your house so no travel is required after the treatment.
Take a relaxing bath. Add music, candles, calming oils and salts. Have a glass of your favorite drink: tea, hot chocolate, wine or even champagne. Close the door and forget about everything else for an hour or so. This helps to increase levels of calmness and the calmer we feel, the less likely we are to get stressed out or depressed.
Spend a week without watching any television. Television can fill your mind with negativity, bombard you with image manipulation and give you a distorted view of reality by showing you everything that’s bad about the world. Famines, disasters, murders, violence, war – the list is endless – especially news programs and rude TV programs. All are full of such events. I personally am on a permanent news fast. I hear what I need to hear, like it or not in others conversations. I also only watch Netflix or other media that let me pick only those commercial free things I choose. So give your soul a break from this assault on your spirit. Your senses will thank you. All of them. If you abandon the television for a week do something more uplifting: Read a book, listen to music, workout, volunteer, go for a walk or try a new hobby.
But do try and avoid news and dark TV for one week, replace it with something more life lifting. These suggestions are very simple to do. However, they are also very effective in helping to relieve stress and tension. Give one or all a try and see the difference they can make. Create your own. Hugging you puppies all day with a good book and cup of tea…the list can go on and on. Just writing this article for you made me feel better.