We are all living busy lives and spend way too much time in front of our laptops and smartphones. News and Social Media follow us wherever we go and sometimes it is hard to relax one’s mind when there is no time to leave the city. Grown up on the country side it has always been quite easy for me to relax when I came home after school. And even though Vienna definitely isn’t a city that overwhelms one by traffic and crowds of people I had to find my own way to clear my mind when moved here and (mostly exam-) stress demanded its toll. For these times I came up with 4 simple techniques that help me relax when I had to stay in Vienna to study all day long:
#1 take your time off
Easier said then done, especially when time is valuable. But over the years I realized that I’m more productive when I had my time off in-between work/studying. This is why I sometimes take a detour on my way home from university. This means strolling the gardens around Vienna’s old town or having coffee at my favorite coffee shop alone simply because it is a welcome distraction from my daily studying routine and I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to talk to anyone. The point is to have no plan, no check list for a few relaxing minutes. Because pressing pause every now and then helps one recharge batteries quickly for working even more efficient afterwards.
#2 home yoga
Okay, this relax technique has very little to do with actual yoga. As a matter of fact I’m not really a yoga lover, as I simply can’t stand unctuous talking persons. But this is something I always do when I need to get rid of some tension: I bring out my yoga mat in my room or in the living room, turn on my favorite music and start my personal yoga routine. This mostly consists out of stretching and simple moves that relieve tension of my spine and neck. Then I lie flat on the mat and try to feel every part of my body. It is deeply relaxing – especially when done somewhere you feel calm and can have it quiet. In my case it is my apartment.
#3 have a usual
Of course everyone has a daily routine but having a usual is a whole other thing. In a society that expects young people to be spontaneous and experimenting all day long this might sounds very conservative, but having a few constants in life can reduce stress easily. This can be very ordinary things – like always taking the usual at your favorite restaurant, spending every Monday on the couch despite event invitations and buying always the same groceries at the same store. Of course diversity is good and I’m always up for new experiences but sometimes going by the usual is a good thing too and helps to relax.
#4 avoid the crowd
Especially when my nerves are shattered by deadlines and exams at the end of a semester this is the only way to relax while running errands for daily life’s essentials. Simply avoid the crowds by shopping as soon as the shops open and head for coffee after everyone had their lunch break. Also on weekends try to use the paths less traveled by and have Sunday brunch at home. Avoid people from time to time and you will be back on the high life train soon – more relaxed than ever.
Our lives might be busy and daily social life could get on one’s nerves from time to time, but deep down we love that bustle in our lives and living by these easy rules everyone can relax even in stressful times. As time is valuable and our society demands us to work efficiently every minute – but in order to do so, we have to do things like these four above for ourselves.
How do you relax? I’m curious!
But now I wish you happy (and relaxing) Easter Holidays! Hope you enjoy your time with family and friends ♡