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Zap That Zwodder

Sometimes The Most Productive Thing You Can Do Is Relax. Zap that Zwodder. Vidya Sury

Okay, before you think I am slurring,  zwodder is a dialect word from Somerset and means “a drowsy and stupid state of mind”.  When that state occurs, stress isn’t far behind. With the A to Z Challenge for 2017 drawing to a close, do you feel that way?

I guess most of us juggle blogging with regular jobs (Yay! Us!), so it is not unusual to find yourself unable to relax after a stressful day at work, and that constant feeling of not having completed everything on that to-do list.

While there’s no shortage of things you could indulge in to settle your nerves, depending on what you pick, the results could be wonderful, or disastrous to your health. If you’re thinking binge-eating, being a couch potato, and vegging out in front of the TV, forget it. There are better ways to relax and in the process, enjoy the mental or physical benefits.

Here’s my favorite five to zap the zwodder!

Walking

While virtually any form of exercise can help relieve stress, if you are anything like me, you may not always feel inclined to give it your all at the gym. On days like that, it is definitely easier to just go for a walk. If you’re near a park, enjoying yourself with the sights and sounds of nature definitely helps. If not, even a stroll down the block can be beneficial. Note that the speed at which you walk is not as important as just getting out there, so feel free to walk at whatever pace makes you comfortable. The point is to . . . walk!

Meditation

If you’ve never attempted meditation before, you may have difficulty figuring out what you’re supposed to be doing. The idea is to stop the constant chatter in your head. One of the simplest methods is to sit quietly in a relaxed position, preferably in a place where you’re not likely to be interrupted for at least five minutes. Sit straight enough to maintain a healthy posture, but don’t strain yourself. The key is to focus exclusively on your breath while shutting everything else out. Breathe from your diaphragm, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Let your thoughts follow the rise and fall of each breath. If you catch your mind wandering, simply return to focusing on your breath.

Reading

Reading is another activity that will help you get your mind off the day’s troubles and allow you to relax. You’ll need a quiet place where you can immerse yourself into your book without being disturbed. Give yourself at least 30 minutes of reading time, since it may take a few minutes to get into it. What you read is not really important, as all books have the ability to take you to other realms of the mind, far from whatever might be bothering you.

A hot bath

A hot bath is another great way to relax both your mind and body. Don’t scald yourself, but find the right temperature you can handle. Not fond of soaking in a bath or just don’t have a bath tub? No problem. Have a long leisurely shower. Soak your feet in warm water.  There are several things you can do to make your bath even more enjoyable. Adding Epsom salt or essential oils to the water is a lovely way to relax  tight muscles. You can even play games on your phone if you place it in an airtight plastic bag to keep it dry, if that sort of thing appeals to you. If you’d like an interesting app to play with in the tub, click here – you will love it! I personally prefer to be my own entertainment, and sing to myself.

Listening to music

The health benefits of music is no mystery. Put on your favorite playlist, and put your feet up to enjoy yourself. Or if you’d rather work that energy off, get on your feet and shake a leg. Have friends join you to multiply the fun. Me? I love turning on the music full volume and tackling my housework.

As destructive as stress can be to the mind and body, it’s impossible to completely purge it from your life.

So the best thing to do? Find healthy and enjoyable ways to deal with it on a regular basis. Use one, or use all of the methods above. The more often you practice them, the quicker you’ll reach—and—sustain your peace of mind!

Completed the AtoZ? Congratulations!

Now go zap that zwodder!

Sweet hammock in the featured image is from Shutterstock

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10 Comments

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    Shilpa Garg
    May 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Zwodder… I like this word. If I am very tired, a power nap is what works best for me. Otherwise, a bath, meditation and reading works well for me. Love the pictures you create for your posts, Vidya.

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      Vidya Sury
      May 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you, Shilpa! 😀 I spend far more time on the pics than necessary, but I love doing it. Special thanks to you for noticing!
      Stress relief can be so easy when we simply take things slow and spend time over our routine tasks!
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    Soumya
    May 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    After a heavy meal at CTR yesterday, I did feel this zwodder. I just came home and slept to beat it 😀

    Congrats on completing this challenge hottie! You aced it in a gorgeous manner <3
    Soumya recently posted…Z: Zoe From ‘The Ranch’ #AToZChallengeMy Profile

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    Debbie D.
    May 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Zapping the Zwodder – sounds like a plan! 🙂 Music is my number one choice but watching a movie or reading a book also helps. Walking we do every day anyhow. Kind of obligatory, with dogs in residence. That hammock looks inviting! Thanks so much for your frequent visits during the A to Z, Vidya. I am woefully behind with responses but have read every comment.
    Debbie D. recently posted…ZORBA THE GREEK | #AtoZCHALLENGE (Z) #MusicalMemoriesMy Profile

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    Amrita
    May 1, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Zwodder sounds perfect for my state after A to Z .Walking does help get rid of that .Great tips for getting rid of zwodder.How exactly did you find the word?

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    Sreesha
    May 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Zwodder – sounds like lethargy’s cool cousin.
    Long showers are definitely my thing, even though I don’t sing or play games. As for music, you already know how much I love it 😀
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    Darla M Sands
    May 3, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Nice end to the challenge! Congratulations on completing it. You are a blessing to the world.

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    Vinodini
    May 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I have a new word added to my dictionary today. I normally try to go walking and do meditation. And yes, I enjoy listening​ to music when I’m in the shower. What a wonderful post to end A-Z with. I’m still trying to zap out of the zwodder that the challenge left me with. 😋 Congratulations on successfully completing the challenge, Vidya.

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    upasna
    May 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I am fan of your precisely selected customized pics Vidya. How you add the special touch to them. Its great.
    Sleep and playing with my Kiddo helped a lot when I got tired. We all waded through rough water with a big victory. Cheers to us.

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    Birgit
    May 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I love that word! I feel like this today which is a week after the A to Z has been done. I am glad to say that I do all that you mentioned here. My joints were better yesterday so I took a walk and enjoyed it. It wasn’t long or fast but it was nice to get out and enjoy it. I love to meditate and I love reading and doing crosswords

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