PostHeaderIcon A Hammock Perspective of Life to Reduce Stress

Reduce stress lazing on a hammockMy childhood buddy came over to my nest for afternoon tea last Sunday. We had a great time of catching up and the scones she brought over were simply delicious. We chat about the silly things we used to do as a kid and she lamented that life seems to have become more complicated after we grew up. Well, I tend to agree with her, don’t you?

Our world is not a simple black or white world anymore. The shades of grey are multiplying by the hour and we are constantly bombarded by the latest shades and the newest, indispensible shades. This is probably going to get worse. It’s not going to change by itself. What can we do to interrupt this cycle to regain some sanity?

Well, let’s use an example that for most of us, consist of the complete opposite; a pleasant, sunny afternoon spent lazily relaxing in a hammock. This obvious way of recharging might highlight a few key points that could help us manage a life otherwise easily controlled by stress and similar factors.

1. To seek out a comfortable and relaxed environment
This may sound obvious but it is often commonly overlooked. How often aren’t we trying to relax on the couch with the television going on, telephones ringing and other people interrupting? Such a situation will only enforce our idea that we live an uncontrolled, hostile, stressful life.

2. Have “nothing” to do
It is a fact that nobody ever will have nothing to do. So, don’t wait for that to happen by itself, you’ve got to create it. Simply decide that for the next hour or so, you will have nothing to do. During that period, your highest priority is just to relax and reconnect with your inner harmony and peace. You’ll find yourself feeling refreshed and energized after that one hour “doing nothing”. If you feel that you can’t afford such luxury, well, that is a sure sign that you truly need it!

So, a long uninterrupted rest on lazy Sunday afternoon in the hammock might just be what you need to get out of the negative spiral of stress and have a chance to breathe and see the things that keeps the wheel spinning for what they really are. Some people, who meditates or do prayers, might achieve this as part of their practice, but if this isn’t for you, and even if it isn’t Sunday or you don’t have a hammock, at least try to allow yourself to have that “nothing to do” and “floating in air” feeling frequently.

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