It’s sort of a funny concept, but when it comes to relaxing, I get very stressed out. I’m the type of person who likes to keep herself busy at all times. Whether it’s writing blog posts or taking photos, or updating social media, I always want to be getting something done. It’s actually one of the reasons that I started blogging in the first place. I wanted a productive hobby that I could be passionate about.
That being said, I realize that being in work-mode all the time isn’t a realistic goal. At some point in time, your mind and your body need a break. It’s important to recognize when that happens and give it to yourself. I’ve learned the hard way that stressing out 100% of the time isn’t healthy. It’s critical that you cool down every now and then. Even reducing your stress to a 95-5 ratio can do wonders.
Listening to music: One thing that always manages to help me de-stress is putting in my earbuds and turning on Pandora or Spotify. Music has been scientifically proven to improve your mood (I included a link for any skeptics), and I wholeheartedly agree that it does so for me. Even if I’m taking blog photos or scrolling through Pinterest, I can put on some music and instantly feel more enthusiastic. It really does wonders for the brain.
Painting your nails: This is such a tedious activity that I rarely make the time for. Nails always take way too long to dry, so I ultimately decide not to do it. But on the rare occasions that I do spare a moment, I find myself feeling a little bit at ease. It’s such a simple thing, but it really does help.
Drinking coffee: Now I’m sure some of you read this and think that I’ve made a mistake, but I swear that drinking coffee helps me relax, especially if it’s with a nice dessert. If you’re looking for a way to wind down, I suggest making a batch of cookies and drinking your favorite caffeinated beverage (*Cough, cough* maybe using one of the recipes that I’ve shared). It’s a nice way to treat yourself. Plus, if you like baking then you can have fun with a new recipe.
Lighting a candle: If you know anything about me, candles are my greatest weakness. Every time Bath & Body Works has a sale, I cannot resist going in to check out the deals. Lighting one of your favorite candles can create a very soothing atmosphere, especially if it has a nice scent.
Overall, everyone is different, which means everyone has different ways of getting themselves to relax. Even if it isn’t on this list, I hope you find something that helps you de-stress. Making time for yourself to unwind is crucial. Don’t forget to give yourself a moment to breathe every now and then. It’ll make you feel better and give you the strength to conquer your goals.
How do you relax?