How to relax and enjoy life

How to relax and enjoy life

During a discussion with six-year-olds, I asked what their favorite subject was in school. Their reply unanimously was recess, lunch, and art.   They all seemed so excited when they talked about how much fun they had participating in these activities.

As I pondered their answers, I began to reflect on how life is viewed in a child’s eyes compared to an adult’s. In a child’s eyes, life appears to be simple and filled with fun times to do things they enjoy.

Recess allowed them time to play and have fun, and lunch allowed them to hang out with their friends, while on the other hand, art gave them time to use their imagination and create.

However, life becomes busier as adults, and we tend to forget these simple principles. Have you forgotten how to have fun and enjoy your life? If so, we will discuss how to relax and enjoy life in this article.

My goal is to provide a few essential tips to help you make the most of each day and live. Here is a summary of what will be discussed.

  • Take time to laugh
  • Stay physically active
  • Connect with family and friends
  • Listen to music that inspires you
  • Live one day at a time

I am glad that you are here. Let’s get started!

Two small children taking pictures of each other in a field of small yellow flowers.

Take time to laugh

It has been said that “laughter heals the soul.”

Laughter benefits your brain, heart, lungs, and immune system. Taking time to laugh daily is an inexpensive way to heal your body naturally.

When we laugh, we allow oxygen to flow through our bodies, enabling us to relax and release stress and anxiety.

So take time to find a way to laugh. Listen to jokes, watch comedy movies, or laugh at yourself, for no one is perfect.

Stay physically active

Being physically active does not require running several miles daily or performing an intense workout.

Staying active can be as simple as going for a stroll in the park or walking around your neighborhood.   Working in your garden or on a project around your house are easy ways to keep your body moving.

Focus on activities that make you feel alive and make it a habit. Move and enjoy life!

Connect with family and friends

Having others to share your life with is very important to your mental and physical health. Spending time with family and friends can help you stay connected.

Allow yourself time to talk about your day or share experiences you have encountered. This is also a great time to listen and learn from others.

Our collective experiences help us know that we are not alone and have the support of others to lean on. Staying connected is crucial in keeping you grounded.

Listen to music that inspires you

Listening to music has many benefits. It helps reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and relaxes you so that you can sleep better.

The genre or type of music you enjoy is your choice. Rather it is Classical, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Christian, or New Age music, for example, find what inspires you.

Music is also an excellent way to become creative and allow your imagination to explore new ideas.  It can make a difference in changing your mood and refocus your energy.

If you are having a rough day or need that spark of inspiration to get you started with an activity, allow music to help you relax and make it through each day.

Live one day at a time

Arthur Richard Carlson, Ph.D., wrote a number one best-selling book, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff.”

In his book, he provided simple ways to handle life. These were a collection of lessons to teach us not to become consumed with worry and stress. It provided solutions to learn how to live daily and “do one thing at a time.”

The book summarizes a critical perspective on life. We should not let the stresses of life control us to the point it drives us crazy.

Instead, learn to live your life in such a way that you manage life one day at a time, doing the best to manage what you can and letting go of the things you can not control.

Remember, “It is all small stuff.” So live each day as if it were your last and make the most of each day.

Final thoughts

We reviewed essential elements for relaxing and enjoying life. These elements included taking time to laugh daily, staying physically active, connecting with family and friends, listening to music that inspires you, and living one day at a time.

I have learned so much from spending time with children.  They are some of life’s most outstanding teachers.

Take the advice of a six-year-old, Keep life simple. Live and enjoy your life.

Please feel free to leave comments, share your thoughts or insights.   Thanks for visiting!

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