Not Everything Is About Work

Music, Exercise And Meditation

With so much pressure placed on us by modern-day society to earn money and make something out of yourself, it can become very stressful rather quickly. Before the coronavirus hit, most people can attest to the fact that they were running around like chickens with no heads, back and forth from home to work. Now that things have drastically slowed down due to social distancing, it’s time to unwind and appreciate relaxation.

Extremes are never good; social distancing is too much relaxation while working without a break is stressful and potentially harmful to your mental health. You have to learn to find the happy medium. Part of maintaining excellent mental health is learning how to efficiently relax during your down time; some people are awful at relaxing!

While relaxation is different for everybody, you don’t want to be the person who is awful at relaxing. These people find relaxation boring, often complaining that they have nothing to do. The problem is that when they go to work, they also complain that all they do is work and have no life; this is a self-dug hole.

What I like to do during my time off is listen to music. Something relaxing such as classical music or something exciting such as trance helps my mind disconnect from reality; believe me that it helps to do so! Music also sparks my dreams and feeds my ambitions and desires because it helps me imagine what I want and where I want to be in the near future. If music is not part of your relaxation, I highly suggest that you try incorporating it into your life.

Exercising is another great past time of mine when I have time off to relax. Something like running in the park or going to the gym to work out (when the gym used to be open) makes me feel good. Exercising helps reset your mind and makes you feel physically healthy; mentally, you feel refreshed and good about yourself. Definitely start exercising; this is a no brainer!

Lastly, I enjoy meditation. This is more challenging because it really takes a lot of strength and patience to completely relax and absolutely do nothing but just be. I don’t meditate for longer than 15-20 minutes at a time; it’s very difficult to do so. The key to meditation is that you want to prolong your sessions as much as you can; the longer the session, the deeper you can go within yourself. Meditation is something I recommend you start doing today!

What do you enjoy doing when you are relaxing?

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8 Replies to “Not Everything Is About Work”

  1. Sue Keefe – I am a freelance writer whose particular topics of interest include true crime and the experience of deafness. I am currently co-writing a book about the triple homicide of a wife and her 4- and 7-year-old daughters with Charlie Wells, the now-retired 23-year veteran sheriff of Manatee County, Florida. I have three adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. My husband Bob Volpe and I divide our time between a lake cottage in Battersea, Ontario, Canada and our condominium in Sarasota, Florida.
    Susan Keefe says:

    Nice post and terrific advice.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Thanks Susan. Glad it helped

  2. It may seem like work but I find great pleasure in working on non-necessity projects. This week will be restoring a hundred year old door to replace one in my house. No pressure to finish on a schedule. Details are whatever is possible without expectations.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      That’s totally fine as long as you’re enjoying the process. Some people just don’t know how to relax and stare at the wall complaining.

  3. Harken's Headers – Harken's Headers is a random idea at a random moment trying out this new thing people call Digital Writing. We will see how it goes. Knowing me, it will include some humor, wit, awkwardness and possibly make you think. Even might make me think as well. Stay tuned and see what I come up with in this randomized, awkward journey. Harken Headers is an avid learner as well as researcher of many topics including but not limited to health, nutrition, herbalism, European folk culture and lifestyle medicine. Harken lives wherever the wind blows gaining experience, knowledge and testing that knowledge out firsthand to share with people like you. Health & Not Screwing It Up is Harken's 1st book.
    Harken's Headers says:

    Exercising especially yoga, meditation with pranayama, cooking, writing cleaning and being in nature I find relaxing.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Yup.. what’s pranayama

      1. Harken's Headers – Harken's Headers is a random idea at a random moment trying out this new thing people call Digital Writing. We will see how it goes. Knowing me, it will include some humor, wit, awkwardness and possibly make you think. Even might make me think as well. Stay tuned and see what I come up with in this randomized, awkward journey. Harken Headers is an avid learner as well as researcher of many topics including but not limited to health, nutrition, herbalism, European folk culture and lifestyle medicine. Harken lives wherever the wind blows gaining experience, knowledge and testing that knowledge out firsthand to share with people like you. Health & Not Screwing It Up is Harken's 1st book.
        Harken's Headers says:

        It is the formal practice of controlling your breath often used with yoga or meditation.

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