Not Everything Is About Work

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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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Planet Covered In Marijuana

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Recreational Marijuana For Relaxation

The debate continues as to whether marijuana is a good tool for relaxation. As a whole, it seems like were driven by a motor running on coffee, stimulated by nicotine when stepping out for a breath of fresh air, and turned on by alcohol when in the company of others. But does marijuana play a role in our lives as well?

Not everything that grows naturally is good for the human body and brain. Cocaine comes from the coca plant, yet people become addicted, develop nasal perforations, stroke out and even die of cardiac vasoconstriction. Tobacco comes from a plant and is the most addicting substance known to man!

And here comes in marijuana . . . a plant that provides beautiful flowers that humans can ingest and feel relaxed as well as high. The question is whether marijuana can be safely used by the masses for relaxation purposes, without bringing in all of the baggage that alcohol and tobacco have brought in.

Marijuana is not simply a pretty plant that smells great and provides sticky fat buds to roll up with. Along with the beauty comes the hidden dangers: the increased risk of developing psychosis; a lack of motivation; dullness of the mind; anxiety; social isolation and even violence in some!

But we have been trained by NORML and other organizations to believe that marijuana does not cause violence. If you are in the mental health field, you know very well that psychosis and violence go together like peanut butter and jelly! How do we know who is predisposed to developing schizophrenia before they take that first hit of Banana Kush?

On the other hand, marijuana and relaxation go together like milk and cereal: your body melts into the couch; your mind absorbs your iTunes; your eyes relax upon something beautiful; the touch of another human being feels silky smooth; your creativity sparks up a notch or two and sleep pulls you in like a black hole.

It’s important to keep in mind that this extreme relaxation that is provided by marijuana can be easily abused; after all, it is a drug. It can be abused because one may find less temptation to relax naturally, especially after experiencing the amazing effects that marijuana has on the mind. But marijuana should never be a replacement for natural happiness.

As governments around the world legalize the green skunk, we have to remind ourselves that it’s still our responsibility to use this tool appropriately, responsibly and maturely. The governments always have their own agenda and so we can not always rely on them.

The planet is covered in marijuana. Are you?

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Let The Beach Be Your Date

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The Beach Bum

The beach has a very relaxing ambience where you can unwind and allow your worries to sail off into the distance. Find a beach with a boardwalk on a warm summer day and enjoy watching the white sand, blue sky, splashing waves and people playing beach volleyball or sunbathing; become one with the ambience.

Find a partner, family member or close friend and soak up the peace of mind brought forth by the beach; become connected with the environment and forget about work, stress or negativity. Utilize the beach as a place to destress on weekends and lower your expectations; you are there to reward yourself with tranquility.

The beach can bring you closer to your loved one; it’s a place to improve your listening skills, show more love, free yourself from pain and become more present in the moment. Allow the sun rays to massage your body, the shifting clouds to entertain your imagination and the jet skis to spark your motivation; the beach has it all.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time at the beach to be a beach bum! You just have to be 100% present in the moment; let the beach be your date! Show it that you are fully immersed in its presence and it will reward you with dopamine and a soft spot in your heart!

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Activate The Bookworm

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The Health Benefits Of Reading

There is something very relaxing about the process of reading, yet many people choose to watch television or play video games. Reading requires patience and desire to sit still and concentrate on the material, but you can learn to tap into the relaxing part of the activity, which you will come to appreciate over time.

The health benefits of reading:

The more you do it, the more you will learn to enjoy it. Like every new activity, it takes time to engrain the habit and allow your mind and personality to accept it into your life. The knowledge that you can gain from reading is endless; pick up a book and read about European history, a classic such as The Great Gatsby or psilocybin and how it is being used in Johns Hopkins trials!

You can always find something to read that will activate the bookworm inside of you. The key is to take that first step of picking up a book, finding a cozy place to open it and begin diving into it! Enjoy the beautiful white snowflakes falling outside or the pouring rain bringing a fresh scent of summer breeze, while you sit by the window and garner more exciting information!

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The Healing Wings Of Music

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Music Can Help You Fly

There is something magical about music; it helps spark your imagination, gets your creative juices flowing, gives wings to your dreams and helps soothe your day. Learn to incorporate music into your daily life; try tuning in to a few songs on your lunch break, on your way to work or in the evening when cooling down.

Music helps improve your mood; it benefits your overall well-being, helps regulate your emotions and promotes happiness and relaxation! Being that we live in a stressful and busy world, utilize it to relieve stress and anxiety.

Music is great for exercising! When you allow music to give you wings to your dreams, your workouts will airborne and you will find yourself having more energy to go harder and longer. It’s a great tool to push your workouts to the limit.

Music can help improve your memory and cognition; the rhythm and melody helps your brain form patterns that enhance memory and attention and lessens confusion. It also helps improve communication, allowing yourself to more effectively express your emotions and feelings.

The key is to find the right genre that you click with and allow it to guide you on a relaxing journey through space and time; I recommend Thierry David’s Mix collection.

Give it a try!

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