Every day is different for everyone, some days are just too much to take though. Relaxing eases stress, helps relieve anxiety, depression, and sleeping problems. Some of us don’t recharge enough or de-stress enough to get the full results of the act.
When I get home I have a nightly routine (not so much a morning routine, I’m not really a morning person) and I don’t know what I’d do without it, I’d be totally lost. If you don’t have an evening/night routine I highly suggest you look into it.
Anyway, when I unwind I watch a movie, paint, or read. I don’t check emails, scroll through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or do anything that can be done during “business hours” by doing this I keep a work-life and home life balance. I keep things simple. Some nights I’ll have a lemon tea because it gets colder at night and you’ll find me huddled up on the couch with my fleece blanket.
Why Recharge Every Day?
Recharging isn’t just for electronic devices and cellphones, this tiny little habit may help you live longer as it reduces stress. You’ll feel better, you’ll be more creative, and another added bonus is it’ll help strengthen your immune system.
It’s important to keep your focus and mind right every day, whether you need to read a book, take a bath, or do a brain dump (such a weird phrase), or just watch a few episodes of your show.
I personally listen to lo-fi tunes when I am trying to relax in the evening. The sounds are all different and you never know what will come out next but they’re interested and keep my mind occupied instead of running through my to-do list for the next day or the things I’ve done today.
7 Ways To Recharge Every Day:
- Take a drive – it doesn’t have to be hours on end just a short 15 or 30-minute drive may help soothe you. I wouldn’t recommend doing this in the middle of the rush hour though,
- Somedays you just need a day to recharge, ask your boss if you can have a mental health day. Most companies will let you use a vacation day for this but I am not too sure about a sick day.
- Turn off your cellphone! This is a huge one for me. Whenever I’ve had too much social media, drama from social media and friends (Facebook) I like to turn off my phone for a few hours (yes I said hours) the silence is relaxing and it stops the need to be present in every single conversation, which is also a relief.
- Journal – I know this is so cliche but hear me out. You get all those thoughts that are rolling around in your head on paper so they don’t bug you anymore. You can look back later at maybe you’ve actually solved a problem for yourself without even knowing.
- Lazy Sundays – I LOVE a lazy Sunday! I can do whatever I want with no rush, hassle, or urgency of any sort. I do meal prep on Sunday but that to me is relaxing, just in the kitchen for a few hours; just me and my glass(s) of wine.
- Take a nap – if this is possible it always helps me, I usually wake up better than I went to sleep. This might include a power nap of only 20-30 minutes. I wish I could do power naps but my naps are like 2-3 hours long. Naps also help in creativity too. So it’s like a two-for-one!
- Color – yes that might sound childish but adult coloring books are on the rise these days. I have several. Over Christmas, my boyfriend surprised me with one of the pictures from the trip we took to West Virginia a few months ago that just so happens to be a paint by number! How cool is that, he did good! There are about 29 different colors to work with but at least everything is numbered and yes some of them are microscopic so I may cuss a little but it’ll be worth it.
The trick is to find something that resonates with you, if one of these suggestions stresses you out then take a bath rather than coloring or go for a walk rather than taking a nap. That’s a plus too because you’ll be getting your steps in as well (sorry I recently got a new FitBit and I am a little obsessed with my steps and heart rate at the moment).
Some times routines are great for recharging but I’m not so great at routines as I’ve previously mentioned. Do you have a favorite way to relax during the day, week, or month?