How to Adopt a More Relaxed Attitude in Life?

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Marleny Hucks
Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

Unfortunately, hustling and being productive have become our measures of self-worth in the fast-paced modern world. Consequently, it has also become very hard for us to relax and take a few moments to recuperate from the stresses of daily life. 

Relaxing for a few moments can do so much good for you in the long run, as chronic stress accumulated over a long period of time can have irreparable physical and mental health impacts on your body and mind. Relaxing readily and easily can lead to a healthier lifestyle and lead you to contemplate purposeful action and your beliefs. 

With university, work, family, social obligations, and added pressure from the internet, feeling overwhelmed is natural, and this is where relaxing comes into play. Taking some time for yourself, whether by enjoying some solo time or going on a carefree trip or meditation, is much needed for every individual.

Easy and Simple Ways to Relax

From breathing exercises to perspective change, here are some simple and easy ways to relax instantly after a long day. In the long term, by incorporating these mindful practices in your daily life, you can adopt a relaxing attitude that can do wonders for your body and soul as well as for other people around you. With these quick and easy practices and techniques, a noticeable change will occur in your life, so read on to find more.


One of the best and most proven ways of relaxing is meditation, which is greatly recommended by professionals and practitioners alike. Regularly taking around 30-40 minutes out of your day to meditate, whether in your room using guided meditation manuals or by sitting in the garden and doing yoga, can greatly improve your quality of life. 

The best place to meditate is by spending a few minutes in nature whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressed. A short walk in the woods or simply sitting in the park can help you relax and uplift your mood instantly. To make it a habit, set aside some time from your daily schedule, although it’s best to do so in the morning right after you wake up and haven’t gotten on with your day.

Solo Dates

A good way to invest time in yourself and relax your mind from the constant noise and influx of conversations from friends, family and acquaintances is by going on a solo date. Spending time alone, especially doing the things you love once in a while, can help you relax and feel more energised and happier. So, enjoy a cup of coffee while you read a good book or go on a morning hike alone to relax your mind and free yourself from constant social constraints and responsibilities.

Alternatively, you can use that time to make a list of what you’re grateful for, which helps a lot in relaxing. Journaling or writing is a great way to avoid focusing on negative parts of life all the time and rather turn that contemplation time towards positives. By re-evaluating your life and jotting down your emotions and feelings, you can feel much more relaxed, calm and composed whenever you add on or go through your gratitude book.

Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises are a great way to relax quickly when feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Using your own natural body clock, you can first attain a comfortable position and try to calm your breathing. Then, by slowly breathing in and out until you feel a rhythm, you can relax your muscles and feel an instant calm settle in your mind. There are many guided apps for breathing exercises in the app store that help you focus on your breathing and relax with an instructional voice. 

So, the next time you feel a bit stressed or worried, just sit down on your couch or the train and practice breathing in and out until you feel better. It’s great to regularly do your breathing exercises in the fresh air, possibly in a garden or by the lake. Alternatively, you can just turn on the air purifiers in your living room to improve the air quality inside, get comfortable on your rug or couch, and practice-controlled breathing for 10-15 minutes every day.

Perspective Shift

A major deciding factor in developing a positive and relaxed attitude concerns the mind and the way we think. Much of our daily stresses and anxieties stem from a distorted way of thinking that feeds on negativity and pessimism. Hence, it’s important to change one’s perspective if they truly want to free themselves and relax.

Some of the ways this can be done are by cultivating an optimistic attitude about life, its situations and one’s own self. Being less critical of oneself and others will improve your relationships as well as allow you to control your energy, so it cannot be affected by outside emotional influences. Once that happens, it is easy to let go and allow yourself to free and relax from stressors.

These are some of the definite ways you can lead a more relaxing life when practiced regularly. Remember, once you cultivate habits and practices that allow you to calm down and relax more frequently, you will not need to put aside specific time to wind down and take a breather. Once you naturally live a relaxed life, things will flow much more smoothly and calmly than an overworked and overwhelmed schedule can do.

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