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Chillin’ With the Lilies

Location: Thailand
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
ISO 200 • f 4.0 • 1/1000 sec

I feel like resting today. Maybe because I haven’t been able to all week, or maybe it’s because this pic is just so… peaceful. I think that was the point. The resort I visited in Thailand displayed beautiful plants and simple architecture that gave the whole area an atmosphere of peace and refreshment. Not to mention they had Thai massage! 😀 I’m sure you are just as busy as I am, so I wanted to throw out some quick tips today on relaxation. After all, as journalist Sidney J. Harris wrote, “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

When most people think relaxation techniques, they think meditation, hypnosis, visualization, or other similar exercises. Sure, that works great for some people, but I’m just not New Age-y like that. What can I do, then? Part of a conference I attended included brainstorming other ideas to help ourselves relax. There are four main areas in our lives that we need to deal with: spiritual, physical, interpersonal, and emotional. Different forms of relaxation affect each area. Here’s some we came up with:

  • Spiritual: Quiet times, prayer, Sabbath rest, thanksgiving/worship, Scripture readings, meditating on God & his character, knowing your purpose and keeping focused
  • Physical: Exercise, sports, spa time, sleep, punching bags, dancing and other favorite activities
  • Interpersonal: Cultivating significant relationships, friends, fun contests or games, sex (if you’re married), entertaining (if you’re an extrovert), pets, kids
  • Emotional: Counseling, tear-jerker movies, listening to music, humor/laughter
  • Other/multiple categories: Cooking, ditching unnecessary responsibilities, TV, chocolate, wine, nature, reading, beach/vacay, drawing, knitting, photography, other hobbies

Ok, now it’s your turn! What would you add to the list? What’s your favorite way to relax?