Sometimes you need to just not. You know what I mean? We live in a crazy fast-paced world where people don’t know how to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. Here are some of my favourite ways to wind down and relax when I need a break from the real world.
Are you wanting to check out of life for a bit because you haven’t checked in with yourself in a while? Use this worksheet to help you get started!
Duh. Pop some popcorn, cover it in melted butter, put on your warm socks, cuddle up in a blanket (or lurk in the basement if it’s the middle of summer and it’s way to hot for cuddling), and turn on your favourite movie. My go-to’s include Jane Eyre and The Young Victoria (I’ve mentioned how many times I’ve watched that movie in this post). Alternatively, binge watch Netflix if you’re short a good movie.
Don’t know what it is about painting my nails, but I always feel like I’ve overcome a big obstacle and really done something useful when I finish. It’s usually a pretty terrible paint job, which my sister is more than happy to point out (she’s a bit of a nail art enthusiast), but it calms me down.
I’m pretty sure this one is on everyone’s list, right? It all depends on what you read, though. I’ve started reading Broke Millennial and reading only two chapters had me incredibly stressed out. Not the best for relaxation time. Stick to some light fiction, a graphic novel, or something you’ve read before and you should feel all your troubles melt away.
Play an instrument or listen to music
For me, it’s piano. I have tons of movie scores and artists’ albums in piano music – Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Sara Bareilles, etc. I find it really easy to disappear into the music for an hour or so. If you’re listening to music, try to not do anything else, especially not scrolling through social media!
Go for a drive
Just roll those windows down and sing at the top of your lungs, baby!
Meditate or do yoga
At first, it can be really hard to get yourself into a yoga headspace, but once you do, it’s worth it. I find it really earthy and grounding to focus on my breath to make movement happen. I’ve heard several times that your ears’ favourite sound is that of your breath. It sounds pretty hippy-dippy at first, but it really is calming to hear only the whooshing sound of air. Like listening to the ocean… Okay, I may have just talked myself into a calm space just now, haha.
Work on a hands-on project
For me, it’s my scrapbook I’ve been working on for two years. It’s meant to be of mine and the S.O.’s trip to Europe in 2015. Who knows if I’ll ever finish it. Maybe in a couple more years… Anyway, working with glue and scissors, tracing and planning pages, having something small and relatively insignificant to focus on is a great way for me to relax and take a break from the stress of everyday life.
Are these some of your tricks for resting up and relaxing? What other techniques do you have? I’d love to hear from you!
Stay positive! You can do it!