3 Ways to Relax If You Have a High-Pressure Job

Posted on September 5, 2012

1. Rest When You’re Tired

I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday weekend. I was able to get away to visit my wonderful in-laws in beautiful Bucks County.  (Those are my feet relaxing.)

I had planned to spend the weekend working on some projects I haven’t had a chance to start, but ended up relaxing and not doing any work. A few years ago, (ok, maybe even last year) this would have been unheard of, and if I didn’t do any work I would have felt extremely guilty the entire visit. Maybe you can relate to this.

Dr. Christiane Northrup, an expert in women’s health, says, “The most radical thing anyone in our culture can do is to rest when you’re tired.” 

As someone who doesn’t necessarily take time to rest as much as I should, this really resonated with me. As a result of not working this past weekend, I now feel renewed and able to tackle the above-mentioned projects with more focus and motivation.

Start noticing when you’re tired and need to rest, and instead of ignoring it, pick one time during the week to listen and respond, figuring out the best way for you to rest in that moment.

2. The 10% Rule

I could tell you a list of things to help you relax. But what I think is relaxing might be completely different from what helps you relax. (For example, I find reading Victorian novels relaxing, but you might not agree!)

Think about the #1 thing you could do to relax; what would make the most positive impact in your life? Now do 10% of whatever you came up with. For example, maybe it would be to meditate for 30 minutes daily. So you could quiet your mind for 3 minutes a day. This makes it manageable so you don’t get overwhelmed. And ask me at your next session if you want a 1-minute meditation technique.

3. Get A Session

Reiki, reflexology, and hypnosis sessions offer deep relaxation, and there’s a growing body of scientific data documenting that this kind of mind/body work shifts the body out of the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system mode to parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system dominance. A body that’s highly stressed seems to forget how to do this on its own, and sessions can assist in resetting and balancing the body.

I love that more and more of my clients see the value of this, and come on a monthly basis as a proactive measure to keep their body, mind, and spirit in balance.

Here’s to finding ways to relax a little more in our daily lives.

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