‘The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.’

Knowing how to relax is vital for ensuring our health and well-being, as well as restoring the passion and joy in our life. Allowing stress to affect us can lead to illness, weight gain and a general sense of malcontent.

Slow down your breathing and actively concentrate on it. This is always the easiest way to self-calm, provided you remember to resort to it. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Inhale deeply as you count to five, hold your breath for five seconds, then exhale slowly, counting to five. Do this ten times to relax your muscles and nerves. As you breathe out, visualise the stress and tension leaving your body through your breath.

Spend time with your pet. Cuddle or play with your pets. They will love it and so will you. Talk to your pet about all the stress and anxiety you have been going through and you will feel a lot better.

Smile and laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. Smiling and laughing releases endorphins, which fights stress, helps to relax and reminds you that life is more than just work.

‘Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.’


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