Relaxing is an important part of life, to help elevate our stress, which can really impact our lives. Stress itself can cause many health problems, including depression, obesity, high blood pressure, skin problems and more! Trying to find ways and the time to de-stress can be stressful in of itself, but it is vitally important. Try to find some time to relax and enjoy time to yourself, even if it's for half hour a week, at least your giving yourself some time to get rid of that negative energy, and take in the positive.
Personally, I have a few different activities that relax me, which I'm sure for most people there are more than one. One of my favorite activities I do to relax is reading. Getting lost in a book is relaxing, because you get involved in the story and forget about things in your life that are bothering you. Let your imagination run wild while trying to imagine what the characters look like, what the scenery a certain chapter is taking place in, is just an awesome feeling. I try to read as often as I can, my favorite genre to ready is fantasy and sci-fi, because I can really let my imagination run wild! Another favorite activity of mine is baking. Baking is relaxing because I can concentrate on what needs to be put into the recipe to make it turn out right... and of course, I get a yummy treat when I'm done! My favorite food to bake is cupcakes, as many friends of mine will know. I love being creative with not only what goes into the cupcake, but the decorations on the outside. Again, I love using my imagination to relax me!
Like I said before, relaxing is really important for our health. I know people who lead busy lives find it impossible to do, but try. When I was working, I'd read on my lunch break (while eating my lunch) to forget about work for a little while. Sometimes if I could eat lunch at another time, or skip it, I'd go for a walk on my break. Just a slow walk, alone to let my mind wander. These are just some examples... it's important to find something that relaxes YOU, and of course finding the time to do so. I wish you all luck, relaxing and stress-free lives! (I know with the holidays coming up, relaxation will be VERY important not to kill our families lol)
If you'd like to read a great article on how stress affects our everyday lives, and ways to help eliminating it, check out this website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/stress-your-health.cfm#e