Is True Relaxation Mindless?

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I’m relaxed when I make my annual trip to the spa.

I’m not a huge fan of massages. I am aware of their benefits but I can’t get myself to slow down enough to schedule a massage. Over the last couple of years, I have been going to a nearby spa annually with a friend. The spa has different kinds of baths, indoor and outdoor, saunas, massage and facial services. I usually pay the daily fee and enjoy the spas and saunas.

I’m relaxed when I go hiking.

Hiking is an activity that somehow washes all my worries away. The pure act of walking with my family or friends brings me joy. It removes my work stress and any other concerns I have for the time being. I always leave feeling refreshed, like I have given my mind the break it needs.

I’m relaxed when I train Jiu Jitsu.

As ironic as this sounds, it’s true. Sparring with someone may not seem relaxing but in the moment the only focus I have is on my, or my opponent’s, next move. Have you ever played a game and become so consumed by it that you forget where you are for the time being? That’s Jiu Jitsu for me. It’s also Rummikub. I have the game downloaded on my phone and when I feel anxiety over my to do list, taking a break to play a game helps calm me down.

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Indian American. Mama. Wife. VP of Product. I write about personal growth, life lessons, parenting and love.

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