Saturday, June 21, 2008

Take Time to Make a Relaxation List

I'm sure we've all heard this one in passing but have you ever sat down and tried to compile a list of things that help you relax?  You should.  Summer is here and you may find between the economic woes and price of gas, you may need some relaxation.  The best news is that you may not even have to leave your house.....

I'll list some activities that sound great to me and hopefully inspire you as well.  Try some of these ideas to rejuvenate your body, renew your mind and refresh your spirit. 

Reread a favorite book
Visit a nearby park
Spend an afternoon at the public library
Help out a stranger
Try a new food
Take a nap
Enroll in a class
Do something you've always wanted to do
Contact someone you've been thinking of or miss
Sing in the shower
Walk in the rain
Give something away
Spend 15 minutes playing with your pet
Call a friend
Treat someone to lunch and linger over good conversation
Take a walk or ride a bicycle
Look at the stars
Browse through an antique store
Organize a small corner of your life
Pop some popcorn and rent a movie
Turn off the TV and talk to someone
Draw a picture
Bake something
Send a card to someone for no reason
Clean out your wallet or purse
Look at old photographs
Walk barefoot in the grass or yard
Visit a lonely person
Encourage a young person
Go for a swim
Start a new project
Volunteer some time to a good cause
Fly a kite
Have a picnic with a special person
Spend time with people who like to laugh
Have breakfast in bed
Take a different route home from work
Watch the sun set
Teach yourself something new
Throw a party for no reason
Get a spa treatment, massage or facial
Go on a spontaneous day trip with no preplanned  destination
Fix something that's been broken
Meet someone new
Ride a horse
Play a game
Listen to your favorite music
Dance like nobody is watching
Count your blessings
Last but not least, take a mini vacation without going anywhere.  Sit in your chair, relax, close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and exhale slowly. Repeat as you think about your favorite place, the beach, woods, mountaintop, under a shade tree, wherever you like to go to escape from it all with friends and family.  Consider the sights, sounds, smells and things you feel in that place.  Let your mind dwell there a re minutes.  Smile.  Then take another deep breath and open your eyes to return to your routine. 

I'm sure you can think of other things to do that really touch your soul.  The key is to identify them and DO THEM! 

Whether you choose to travel across the world or stay in your backyard, make the most of your time, resources, and opportunities God has provided. 

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