When we’re building or running our businesses, it’s easy to feel like there is always more work leftover. Even when you’ve been super productive throughout your day it can be tough not having an “off” switch when juggling multiple responsibilities both personal AND professional.
You are not alone in this my friends!
There is a lot of pressure in our society to be always on, never off. It’s hard work taking care (and finding time) for ourselves when we’re constantly surrounded by screens and stimulation that can often lead us into an internet trance – not exactly what some people want or need!
My first reaction used to be to turn to Netflix or Social Media – and don’t get me wrong, these are ways to relax, but if you are not getting the “zen” time you crave and feeling unfulfilled by ONLY turning to Netflix for tuning, then I invite you to try some of my favorite methods to really “tune out”.
1. Try A New Recipe
The kitchen is one of my favorite places to relax after a long day. There’s just something about the process and smell that put me at ease, especially when cooking new recipes! I’ve been on an adventure exploring different cuisines from all over – hoping they’ll transport you back into another country or time period without too much effort for your part (diets not included). One thing’s for certain though: no matter what dish I serve up this week-end it will always bring joy knowing how easy it is to enjoy myself with some good old fashioned food. Try one of my new favourite cookbooks The Comfortable Kitchen: 105 Laid-Back, Healthy, and Wholesome Recipes (A Defined Dish Book)
2. Go For A Drive
Driving is one of my favorite ways to unwind. I find that it clears my mind and gets me in the mood for whatever comes next! Pop on your favourite playlist or podcast, make or pick up a yummy refreshing drink and get cruising!
3. Take A Walk
Nothing compares to fresh air and being out in nature. I make daily walks a priority for me to clear my head, move my body and take a moment for ME. Do it in silence, or pop on your favourite podcast or playlist, grab a resuable mug of your favourite iced or hot tea and get walking!
4. Write It Down
The act of writing can be a therapeutic tool for many people. It is an opportunity to release your worries and stress, whether through the written word or by sketching out ideas on paper. When you are feeling stressed take some time during these days where there’s no pressure- just write down what comes into mind! You don’t need poetic language, spelling errors aren’t important either as long as they express how YOU feel inside at this moment in order to relieve some tension. I love the 3 Minute Positivity Journal: Book Your Mood. Train your Mind. Change Your Life.
A little creativity goes a long way when expressing one’s self outside their own thoughts.
Grown-ups need play as much, if not more than children. It is an excellent way to wind down and relax from all the stress in life! There are so many different types of ‘play’ that you can do such things like these cool colouring books for adults, puzzles, paintbynumbers or get out and play a good old fashioned game of tag with the family!
The key to unwinding is finding what works for you. All approaches have their benefits, but it’s important not to judge ourselves when we make a choice about how to treat ourselves and unwind at the end of each day.