Most of our lives are spent in the daily monotony of the 9 to 5 grind. This means that we are far removed from our internal ‘anchors’ and merely exist in a state of existential angst.
By HEIDI ROSENBERG
Under the circumstances, one of the best things one can do is to seek out a bit of relaxation and get away from the daily grind to recharge one’s batteries. Here are a few ideas to help you to unwind from your day-to-day activities.
Go on a vacation
As the global COVID-19 pandemic is releasing its deadly grip all over the world, people have now started traveling more often. If you are vaccinated and going to a spot where the pandemic has receded you should not have any issues. It will recreate and rekindle the spirit of adventure in your life and you would feel more vibrant and more alive. A vacation is an excellent soothing balm for the jaded soul. Apart from that, it can also help you to discover your own potential – both physical and mental.
Go into the mountains
If you go mountain climbing or hiking, for instance, you will be able to pit yourself against the elements and Mother Nature and see how you fare. If you are able to accomplish your goals, you will feel rejuvenated in both mind and spirit. Moreover, communing with nature has a rustic charm of its very own. All that fresh air mixed with the physical exertion will be a far cry from the stale jaded air you have to breathe in your office every day. Moreover, physical exertion will be good for your muscles and body as you step away from your desk and limber up for some serious exercise.
Read a book
In fact, read lots of them! As many as you can. A book helps to create a make-believe world where your imagination takes center stage. You can join the heroes of the ancient world, participate in sword and sorcery sagas and even fly into deep space. All of it in the safety and comfort of your favorite armchair! Furthermore, books allow you to broaden your horizons and increase your ability to make sense of the world around you. You can get to know different cultures and civilizations and see how these people lived. This would be a completely different experience from interacting with the same people every day at the office.
Get a streaming service subscription
There can be few things in life as nice as sitting back in your bed with a hot cup of coffee as you binge-watch your favorite series and movies. From Hulu to Disneyland from Amazon Prime to Netflix there is a whole world full of endless hours of entertainment. Just the thing to unwind after a hard day at the office. You can even download the services you like best on your smartphone and watch them on the go, such as when commuting to work on a bus or train.
Go treat yourself!
The best thing about retail therapy is that it usually works! You can splurge on yourself, every once in a while, and see what you like most. Go to the movies and a really nice restaurant. Go shopping and check out the latest trends in fashion. Buy a smartwatch and see if it can help you gain the habit of exercising. There are just so many opportunities out there, once you realize that rest and relaxation are not a waste of time but actual goals to be achieved in life. There is no harm in going alone and treating yourself. However, it would probably be more fun if you find a friend who would like to share your spirit of adventure.
Go to a retreat
Attending retreats such as the Iboga Retreat Program can also go a really long way in setting your frantic mind at rest and ushering an aura of peace inside both your mind and soul. These kinds of programs will allow you to fully connect with that inner world of yours and reflect upon all your decisions and find a way to get better.
If you want to relax and unwind, you can read a good book, immerse yourself during a vacation or even join an Iboga retreat so as to relax your mind and calm your soul. Good luck!