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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

March 19, 2024

The focus for today is:

I find a relaxing activity I enjoy
to help me switch off from my day’s stress.

Today's inspiration was written by Jolanta Burke:

Have you ever tried to relax, only to find yourself overwhelmed with feeling stressed and having negative thoughts? Turns out a lot of us experience this – which is why some have coined it “stresslaxing”.

On the bright side, even if relaxation causes anxiety, it can still have a positive effect on mental health – and may even help you grow as a person.

The most crucial thing is finding a relaxing activity you enjoy. Whether that’s cooking, gardening or even running, it’s important that it helps you switch off from your day’s stress.The Conversation

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     3 Reasons Why You Feel Stressed and What You Can Do About It
     Written by Jolanta Burke.
Read the complete article here.

About The Author:
 Jolanta Burke, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of enjoying a relalxing activity (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
Everyone has a different way of relaxing. For me, it's going out to the garden and pulling weeds, or transplanting or harvesting something... basically working with my hands and the earth. The benefit of this kind of relaxation, rather than sitting and watching TV, is that it not only relaxes you, but it recharges your batteries. Try going out into nature and find something to do that you enjoy. It will destress you and give you energy at the same time.

Our focus for today: I find a relaxing activity I enjoy to help me switch off from my day’s stress.


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