You know the score, you’ve just finished a busy day but you’re still feeling wired and can’t seem to relax. Even though you need to. Even though you know you’ve got another packed day tomorrow and need some downtime to be at your best. It can be difficult to wind down after being so focused but it’s something that will come more naturally to you the more that you do it. Taking time to relax will increase your productivity levels when you go back to work.
Take a bath
If you are lucky enough to have a bath then taking a luxurious soak can be a great way to relax your body and mind. After sitting at a desk for long hours our body needs some extra TLC and hot water is a great antidote to that. Add some nice oils to the bathwater. Essential oils are great as they not only smell gorgeous but they have healing properties. Lavender is a super one to relax both the mind and body. Add some gentle lighting like some candles and maybe some soft background music. You may even want to take in a book or magazine if you struggle to relax when you’re in the bath.
Go For a Walk
If you live near anything natural then that’s a great place to take a walk. But if not, just walk anywhere that you can. Walking not only allows us to get out of our environment and have a change of scene but it also benefits the mind and body.
Read a Book
Reading can help to switch off our brain. Whether it’s fiction, biographies, or reading about your hobby, getting your nose stuck in a good book is a great way to spend your time. Novels are particularly helpful as they can transform us to another place and time, which can really get us out of our heads. It’s a great way to relax before bed too.
Watch a Comedy
We have literally hundreds of TV shows at our fingertips now with the likes of Amazon, NOWTV, and Netflix. You can get free trials to many of these subscriptions so be sure to check those out. Take a trip down memory lane and watch some of your childhood favourite TV shows to give you that feel-good cosy feeling. Sometimes we all need something that’s easy to watch, or a good laugh, to help our minds switch off. That’s why shows such as Friends are still so popular.
Talk To Someone
A problem shared is a problem halved. If there’s something weighing on your mind, it can help to share this with someone that you trust. It might not even be something that they can help directly with but just getting it out there can do wonders for clearing your mind. And just by talking about it with someone, it may help you to work out the issue and reduce stress.
Keep a Journal
Similarly to talking with someone about any issues bothering you, journaling is a great way to clear your mind by writing down your feelings. It can really help you to process whatever you are dealing with and in turn, is a constructive way to relax. Just grab a notebook and pen and spend 15 mins writing about whatever’s bothering you. It may just be that you can’t relax until you have written down the tasks that you need to do tomorrow. Get it out of your head and onto paper.
It can be so tempting to stay tethered to the mobile phone when we finish work. We may even spend extra time in the office so that we can catch up on what’s happening on social media. This can turn into a time suck and you may find that the 5-minute quick check you had planned has turned into several hours. Studies show that constant scrolling keeps your brain wired and will not help you switch off.