Relaxing and having fun

Taking a break from your hectic life - even a small one can stop stress building up. Being stressed can stop us doing the things we usually enjoy. But missing out on those things is also one of the causes of stress.

Are there things you used to love doing, but haven't done recently because of the pressure you're under? Making time to relax and have some fun is an important part of beating stress - even if you don't feel like it to start with.

Some things others have enjoyed doing are:

  • Going for a walk, with the dog if you've got one
  • Making time to play with your kids, at home or at the swings
  • Baking a cake, and sharing it with someone
  • Deciding to learn something new for example, by taking an evening class in something you've always wanted to do.

Meditation and deep relaxation

Learning how to clear our minds takes practice, but it's a really good way to relax and de-stress. Try the relaxation exercises in the relaxation section. Or look for meditation classes, books, CDs and DVDs in libraries or search online.

You can also order your FREE Steps for Stress relaxation CD for three simple ways to relax that are proven to help you feel better and think more clearly. For your copy click here.

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