While in college, I took a class called Relaxation 101. Having attended a private school, I am sure I paid way more for this class than I should have, but in the long run I think that this class was just as valuable to me as organic chemistry or physics was. During the class we would lay down and work on relaxing our entire bodies as the instructor walked us through a 30 minutes meditation. I enjoyed the class so much that I actually bought a meditation CD on iTunes. Meditation allowed me to take time for myself, enabling me to sleep more soundly and center my thoughts. We all live crazy lives, filled with demanding jobs, energetic children and constant stress. If you have never tried meditation or relaxation classes I would highly recommend them. You need to be open minded and willing to give the class a fair chance (it took me a few classes to get comfortable enough to totally clear my mind).
If meditation isn't for you then there are other ways to reduce your stress levels. I would recommend setting aside a set amount of time every day/ week where you can have time to yourself. Pamper yourself and clear your mind. Go for a long walk or bike ride and try to just take in your surroundings instead of constantly stressing about your life. Your finances, personal life, and job can be put on hold for at least half an hour a day, while you take your 'me' time. It is important to live in the now, not the past and not the future. Stress can have some really detrimental long term effects on your health, so learning how to de-stress can be a real life saver.
Below you can find links to 2 different facilities that offer relaxation classes in the Albany region:
Shambhala Meditation Center
Keep in mind that another great way of scheduling relaxation time is to come see me at Spyratos Chiropractic. Listen to some soft rock while you get your muscles worked on and your joints adjusted! Feeling and functioning better will start you on your path to a less stressful lifestyle.
Take a lesson from my dog, Peanut, and remember to
'stop and smell the roses' once in awhile.