Active Relaxation

After reading an article the other day on active relaxation, it got me thinking.

I’m not always very good at slowing down and relaxing, even at weekends. I tend to think that days sitting around not doing much are wasted days. In a world where there is so much to explore, why would I want to spend a day or two a week, not doing anything?

Although I have to admit, this afternoon has been one of those rare times I haven’t moved far from the sofa…and I haven’t felt guilty or frustrated by this in the slightest. It’s been another incredibly busy week. I crawled my way to the weekend. It’s as if my body and mind have turned and looked at each other and said, do you know what, this weekend she needs to re-charge and rest. It’s a rare thing, but for a change I’m not ignoring what my body and mind are telling me.

So despite not being very good at relaxing, I do seem to be pretty good at active relaxation. Sometimes we need to move around to feel better. Sometimes we need to get outside for a walk or some exercise to feel good, taking in some fresh air, taking in our surroundings, and watching the seasons change.

Other times, we may chose to cook to make ourselves feel better. Since I have been adjusting to living alone, I am throwing myself into cooking new and exciting dishes. Nothing overly complicated, especially during the week, as I simply don’t have the time or the energy. Even cooking simple, quick recipes for the first time helps the mind to switch off from the day to day and to concentrate on the task at hand. It’s why I love to bake too. I lose myself in the recipe (and have to admit, that whilst I like to cook new things, even the oldest dishes in my repertoire, I still need to follow a recipe to get it right 🙈), allowing me to free my mind.

Writing is also another great way to practice active relaxation. Transferring my thoughts from my mind into my blog for example, helps to clear my mind, and really helps me to process the information in a more constructive way. It makes me question my thoughts and helps me to process them, freeing up my mind, and making my mind a much more happier and relaxed place.

So, as much as I find it difficult to sit and do nothing, active relaxation appears to be something I practice a lot, without even realising it.

Are you good at relaxing? Have you tried active relaxation to help free your mind?

Homemade Harissa Paste
Harissa Chicken
Enjoying the great outdoors
Writing helps to clear my mind

9 thoughts on “Active Relaxation”

  1. (I wanted to comment the other day but could only ‘like’ the post 🙈) I find this topic very interesting. There are a couple of studies showing that active relaxation is actually better than just sitting on the sofa binging series (and cake). Even if we are very tired for any reason, as soon as we start to move and do something active, it feels so much nicer afterwards… And having fun with recipes sounds a perfect way of putting it in practise! I keep looking at that amazing chicken 😹

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    1. Oh my god, I’m messed up – I thought my other comment didn’t have been submitted and I gave up trying commenting on the app the other day (which apparently was 1 day ago… I’m mental 😹)

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    2. It is a very interesting topic, and makes total sense. If we can all practice things like mindful cooking or even things like gardening, walking etc, activities that either help us to process our thoughts, or to sometimes not think at all, I really think it improves the state of mind and in turn relaxes us. I don’t know about you, but more often than not it is the thoughts that run through our minds that causes us stress and exhaustion as opposed to the using too much physical energy. Although I can definitely see the benefits to an occasional day of doing nothing at all! I will have to send you the recipe for the chicken 😉

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      1. That’s so true 🙈 That’s exactly my problem – a lot of energy consumed by a locomotive of thoughts. More exhausting than doing a session on the 5k app 😅 Hurray to the chicken recipe!!! 🍗 (I’m so hungry now 😄)

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