A 48-hour working week,
3 hours in commute daily,
Finally home, power outage,
Noisy generator and let’s not forget,
Domestic staff out to try your patience….
Yes, these all make up the hustle! It can leave you overwhelmed, stressed out and totally exhausted.
How do you keep it all together? Find time to rest; get some needed ‘R & R’ time on a lean budget, milking every naira for what it’s worth, keeping the ‘kick’in our stride?
There’s a science behind the art of relaxation. Believe us; and for nine years and counting, we have filtered the husk from the grain.
Do find our submissions below. As always, you’re welcome.
Get a Massage!
A massage is like a movie, really relaxing and a total escape, except in a massage you’re the star and you don’t miss anything by falling asleep- Elizabeth Jane Howard
Get a massage at least once a month; this is the barest minimum to help build your resistance to stress and optimize your productivity. A massage reduces muscular tension, levels of the stress hormone, cortisol and promotes the release of the hormones, endorphins- the natural pain killer reliever, serotonin and dopamine mood - enhancers and stabilizers.
To help keep the costs down, try a membership plan. To save time, a mobile spa will do just the trick. There you have it, affordable timeout no matter where you are.
2. Adult coloring (insert emoji)
If art doesn’t make us better then what on earth is it for? –Alice Walker
Get a coloring book, some color pencils, (the higher the quality, the better) and get to it! There’s a reason you want high quality adult coloring pencils. Like a massage, the complex nature it provides, helps improve your mood, productivity and ability to cope with stress.
Did we say anything about a coloring app? No we didn’t! So stay clear. No quick fixes! Ever tried a virtual massage? Yeah, won’t work so I think you get the picture.
3. This list hasn’t even begun if we do not mention meditation.
Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness -Rumi
This is now mainstream so for trying this out, you are not weird. Meditation can help ease anxiety, depression, and pain. Real people living busy lives can meditate successfully; on their seven-year old couch; in bed; next to a snoring partner; in the passenger seat of the car; at work; the kitchen table; in the backseat during a road trip; in a bus or on a plane, follow your breathing and find your calm. Do explore this new super power.
4. What is that wonderful smell? Aromatherapy that’s what!
If you believe in Aromatherapy… it works! If you don’t believe in Aromatherapy… it works!” — Cristina Proano-Carrion
Sniff and smell the relief. Great aromas can alter your mood in minutes. How? The olfactory system delivers scents straight to the limbic part of the brain. Lavender can help you sleep; cinnamon- sharpen your mind; orange- make you feel energized; peppermint - boost your concentration and lemon- relieve stress. There is an essential oil for everything, and the best part? They are affordable and easy to use.
5. Take a walk
We mean it! Get out your walking shoes and set out. Round the house, the block or in the park. Start small -10 minutes, 3-4 times a week and then build on this practice, by covering more distance and altering your pace and route. Walking is great physical activity that will help maintain the happy boost you get from massages and meditation.
6.Pick up a book.
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. –Mason Cooley
Open the door to the literary world that distracts you from your daily stressors. The beauty of reading can relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. Try blocking 20 minutes every morning and evening and keep stress at bay.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin
Sleep; Seven to eight hours daily; you must complete four to five cycles of sleep every night. Sleep is so important as a form of relaxation yet it is often over looked especially by busy people. Avoid overstimulation before bedtime, dress up for the night, maintain a comfy pillow and hit the sack.
So as Socrates said, ‘Beware the bareness of a busy life’. Taking time to stop and smell the roses a.k.a rest and relaxation, is key to enjoying a full life.
I hope you found some of our tips helpful and exciting enough to take up right away? Maybe even begin with a partner? Great!
Stay woke.…be productive.