While working on a new eBook, I did a quick search for photos using “relax” as the key word. The majority of the photo results included drinks on the beach or electronic devices. Some even include all of those things.
Is our culture so fast-paced that we actually need these things to relax?
Sure beach vacations are great, and it is nice to sit on the couch and watch a movie, but the search results did concern me.
Think about that beach vacation. Think about the warm sun, beautiful sand, salty smell, and sound of waves… yes please! Now, dig a little deeper. Think about the time away from all your responsibilities—no work calls, emails, or messages. Think about life without a full schedule and to-do list. Ahhhh wonderful! What about the days between vacations? When was your last vacation, and when will be your next? Everyone deserves to feel that relaxed between vacations, and everyone can!
Think about those drinks displayed in many of the relaxing beach photos. Does the stress really pile up so high that a drink is necessary to relax? The point is not to shame an occasional drink, but that should not be a requirement for a relaxing day. Drink or no drink, you deserve to relax and enjoy your time.
You deserve to relax and enjoy your time.
Now, back to the days between vacations. Consider the idea of incorporating TVs, computers, and mobile devices into relaxation. Yes, it can be relaxing to watch a show or movie, but why? What makes TV more relaxing than just sitting? For some, it is an escape from work, a hectic day, and all the stressful thoughts that go along with it. Great! Making time at the end of a busy day to walk away from those things is the first step, but there is a catch.
Computers and phones increase the connection to calls, emails, and messages. Wait… disconnection from those things was part of the benefit of the beach vacation! Movies and shows may not be connected to the stress, but they are still not perfect. Screens emit blue light, which is actually used as a technique to treat excessive daytime sleepiness! Those with trouble staying awake during the day may be advised to turn on a blue light, or other sight source, telling the brain to wake up. It may not be as much of an issue to relax with screens in the morning, but you can see how screens at bedtime may cause a problem. Even if watching a show or movie helps you fall asleep, that does not mean it brings quality sleep.
Your brain may still be awake enough to prevent deep, restful sleep.
Without deep, restful sleep, the door is wide open for even more stress to walk right in. What if I told you relaxation could be deeper and more long-term than watching a show in the evening? No, that does not mean it would be a larger time commitment. It means that feeling of relaxation would last much longer than the time commitment. You can still take your beach vacations, but this is a way to feel relaxed, refreshed, and incredible between vacations, too!