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I’m getting stressed out trying to relax

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 6.20.39 AMRelaxing doesn’t necessarily mean taking a long nap. It simply means doing things that calm and soothe your mind, body and soul.

Like my yoga teacher once said, relaxation is a native plant that grows in your own backyard.

In fact, the word relax simple means to loosen and become less formal and decrease tension. The goal, then, is to engage in relaxation activities that are uniquely appealing to us. Whatever it takes to reach a state where we feel unburdened by his life’s troubles.

And so, the accountant who spends all day staring at numbers on a spreadsheet of might relax by sparring at the boxing gym. The art teacher who comes home from school covered in paint and clay might relax by doing crosswords that challenge her brain. The novelist who works in a home office and lives inside his ow head might relax by chopping wood in field behind his house. The surgeon who holds his patient’s lives in his own two hands spends lunch breaks at the yoga studio preparing his mind and body for surgery.

Each of these individuals has a commitment to their relaxation practice.

Where can you go that helps you relax best? How will you activate a unique tension releasing experience that’s inaccessible to you anywhere else?

The answer won’t save your life, but it will make the rest of your life happier.

Are you honoring your need for relaxation?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.