Why Gen-Y Needs To Learn How To Relax

by Anonymous

Life is stressful and we all know it. Knowing when to take those few steps back from reality and to breathe is not only vital to your health, but it is vital to regaining perspective on the goals you haven’t quite reached yet. Everyone needs a muse to refocus and convert negative energy into something constructive. So to those of you losing your minds over the daily grueling work; take a breath, or a few hits of something, and exhale all the stresses of the day.

Relaxation and venting have various forms that affect your personal psyche. The effects of a vacation can do leagues for the psychological mind when it finds itself cornered with pressure. Venting life’s frustration can have its downfalls. In most cases, it requires we relieve our problems onto someone else and, to be frank, no one ever wants to hear your sap story.

Life can be like quicksand; sometimes the only way to get out of your particular hellhole is to calm down, gather yourself, and collect all the wits and lessons you’ve learned. Piece by piece, you’ll eventually emerge with a new perspective. Venting is applicable to this scenario as well; trying to involve others in your qualms will only make the quicksand fall faster. Learning how to deal with and understanding your personal problems is a step towards maturity and handling responsibility. Also it is a way to figure out how to relieve your mind.

“Work hard, play hard” has become a befitting euphemism for our generation as we are always looking forward to having a good time. Sometimes we need to just do nothing. Sometimes we need to just let everything wash over us and forget everything, even for just a moment.

This is what relaxation should be: a way to escape from the harshness of life and delve into whatever makes us smile or laugh or transcend unconditionally. The catch of relaxing, which hooks almost everyone in, is its intoxicating, addicting effects on the mind. It is much easier to play video games, watch TV, smoke, drink and party. But there is a reason why working hard comes first.

Scientifically, work is defined as the transfer of energy from one object to another in order to propel that object in a desired direction. Reaping the benefits of relaxation allows us to dot-the-period and end the sentence of hard work, work that should be placing us in the direction of success. One of my favorite motivational quotes comes from martial-arts legend Bruce Lee, who brings forth the idea of malleability to calm the mind.

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.  -Bruce Lee

When outward forces rupture the stability of your serenity and daily composure, emptying your noggin of its extraneous contents may be the most important way to rejuvenate the senses. Forgetting all the irrelevant materials and meditating on the positive can only bring you closer to your dreams.

Out with the old and in with the new.

The mind is the greatest facet of the human composition. Knowing how to balance leisure with exertion is paramount to keeping your goals realistic and intact. Reflecting on your current position in life helps visualize the checkered finish line of your greatest dreams or can awaken you to the impending failure of your current path. Getting a fresh start reignites the passion that you may have once lost due to the repetitiveness that life entails.

Tranquility comes in whatever creative form you can conjure. Relaxation is a process of the mind and stems from the feelings that calm your senses. Yet these same tools, like any tool, can be misused and will detriment your motivational output.

Most people like to let loose through partying, drinking and smoking, which all have their appropriate moments during our down-time. But mitigating stress can also be a process of enrichment.

There is a reason why silence is golden. Being able to roam the corners of your own words and consciousness creates the types of motivating conversations we need to envision success. Relaxation and silence are a dynamic duo toward rediscovering our lost inner-entrepreneur. Everyone says they don’t talk to themselves, but then again everyone is a liar.

I talk to myself all the damn time: my subconscious self is the voice in my head that is always telling me to “get up,” “keep going,” “try harder,” “one more set” and “why not?.” Relaxing is a privilege of hard work and is the ultimate goal of our occupational and entrepreneurial efforts. But sometimes loosening the tie or kicking your feet up is just as important as being a perfectionist or workhorse.

Andre Simpson | Elite.

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