We have so many conveniences in life these days. Technology has made it easier for us to save time with gadgets, apps and tech toys so we have more time to spend with those we love. But while we seem to love these supposedly easier ways of living, we still experience tremendous guilt and regret for time we “should” be spent doing something else.

We struggle with making time with friends and family because we barely have moments for ourselves. While we’re posting pics of our 4th of July holiday party, we’re lamenting the loss of simpler days. All that time devoted to sharing our lives via social media seems to be sucking our social life dry. Ironic isn’t it?

When we finally find ourselves with free time to indulge in, we can’t enjoy it. Instead we feel anxious, uncomfortable, and guilty. Relaxing and doing nothing seem frivolous. As a relative often tells me, “I don’t want to just sit here and waste time!” How should we spend this long holiday weekend then? If we’re not doing errands, working on a project, or doing something enviable with friends and family, then does that mean the time we’re spending is going to waste? When did we place so much importance on doing versus being?

This holiday I hope you’ll give yourself permission to relax. Start by reading our posts and you’ll garner the gifts and wisdom of our bloggers who will show you how to relax, be happier, remove guilt and take time for yourself.

{Flickr photo by JessieHarrell}

38 Tips For Finding Ways to Relax
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Everyone needs downtime to recharge, relax and remember what’s important in life. This is especially true if you take care of somebody else. Go here to learn new ways to be kinder to yourself this weekend.

A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Seeing what’s good in any moment may not come natural to you. According to this post, our brains are just not wired that way. But that doesn’t mean we can’t rewire our brains to be happier. Read this to find out how a simple practice can change your life for the better.

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(Parenting Tips) – Are you adamant against putting your kids on depression medication? Fortunately, there are alternative treatments you can try. This post delves into some of the new and creatives approaches to treatment for children and teens.

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(Anger Management) – One of the best ways to manage your anger is to catch it before it gets out of control. Read this to learn how to recognize the warning signs and triggers that fuel your temper, irritation and anger.

Working Mother Guilt: 9 Tips to Cope
(The Psychology of Success in Business) – If you’re a working mom, chances are you’ve experienced moments of anxiety and low self-esteem from guilt. Go here to find solace in reading these helpful suggestions on how to cope.