There are so many exciting things at our fingertips all the time. With travel, the digital world, and ripe imaginations, it is often hard to sit still and rest. We also have many responsibilities, big and small – ranging from gathering up ingredients for dinner, to finishing that months-in-the-works project at your job. Between it all, we forget the most important part of all of these things: ourselves.
None of your dreams can come to fruition, and none of your responsibilities can be achieved without you.
I know I struggle to pull away from the stress and excitement and take some time to ease my body and mind. As I sit here 3-days deep into the stomach flu, I realize that I did not put enough of this time aside for myself, so my body went into overdrive and gave me no choice but to take some time off.
In this forced time of de-stressing, I have been reflecting upon regular ways to step out of the fast-paced world and re-center myself around me, and here are a few I’ve come up with.
Take a Bath
Few things are so simple, yet so reparative. All you need is a bathtub, a good magazine, book, or crossword puzzle (my personal fav), and some time alone to just let your mind rest. I love to throw in a Lush bathbomb if I have one, or some lavender oil and just lay back.
Do Some Yoga
I envy those that can meditate – try as I might, I just cannot calm my mind down that much. If you can, that is wonderful and I suggest you practice it as much as possible! For those of you that are like me and cannot fully meditate, I feel yoga is the next best thing. I spend many of my lunch hours doing yoga in my office to take a break from all the tasks on my to-do list and give my mind and body a restart. I oftentimes do not have an entire hour for a full yoga practice, but find that even 20 minutes can make a huge difference. After doing yoga, I find that I can approach some of the things I’ve been dreading in a much more positive mindset, with new ideas and much less anxiety.
Schedule or Give Yourself a Facial
Whether this is in a spa, or at home, I think one of the best feelings is a deeply cleaned, refreshed face. Take your regular skin care routine one step up and treat yourself to something special. If you stay at home for your facial, you have the perfect opportunity to combine a bath and facial for maximum relaxation.
Grab Some Tea & Read a Book
Some of us are better about this than others, but when was the last time you brewed a cup of tea and picked up a book to read? Taking yourself out of your world and into a book for even a short hour can be so refreshing and motivating. The next time you go to the internet to try and cure a bout of boredom or restlessness, try picking up a book instead.
See a Movie or Visit a Museum
If you feel like relaxing by getting out of the house, go to a movie or visit a museum. Movies in the theatre are a wonderful way to take you out of your world for a couple of hours and throw you into the mind of someone else. I’ve been meaning to take myself out to see Zootopia – it looks so fun and carefree.
As you have seen from some of my previous posts, visiting museums is one of my favorite activities. I miss so much living in Washington D.C. and traveling overseas, where museums are everywhere. They do such an incredible job of putting things in perspective. Whilst wandering around looking at all the incredible creations of mankind, the things that have been placing a lot of stress on you seem not to disappear, but rather seem less daunting and less catastrophically urgent.
However you choose to relax, I think it is most important to make your de-stressing activities regular, rather than waiting until you’ve reached a breaking point.
There are so many other ways to relax, and I would love to hear your favorite ways to step back and take a break from your to-do list.