10 Things To Help You Wind Down
I don’t know about you but for me, some weeks are just extremely mentally and physically exhausting. I find myself getting home on a Friday night tired but so restless at the same time thinking of how much I need to achieve for university the following week.
Over time I have developed a list of things to help me wind down and relax at the end of a working week so that I can enjoy my free time.
1. Make a commitment to yourself to rest
One of the most challenging things for me to do. I am going to be honest and say that I feel guilty if I am doing nothing. I always feel a need to be somewhat productive. BUT there comes a time where it is more productive to take some “me time” than it is to spread my stressed energy onto others.
Tip: I go stand in front of the mirror and say “Gel you need to relax, tonight is a night for you to take some time for yourself. You are worthy of rest, and it will make you feel so much better.”
2. Take ten minutes to do some meditation or yoga
Yoga is such an important part of my everyday morning routine to set my intentions for the day ahead. It is just as important when I am preparing to wind down. I put on some relaxing music and just move through the motions to release any tension I have going through my body. If yoga isn’t your thing, just sit down (or lie down), close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Focus on your breathing and try not to let your thoughts distract you too much (this gets easier with practice I promise).
3. Don’t touch social media
While most people enjoy the novelty of scrolling through Facebook and Instagram to see what their family and friends are up to, I don’t always find social media to be a positive experience. There are a lot of toxic people on social media, and I sometimes get unintentionally tense and frustrated. During your “me time” don’t worry about what others are doing. Put the phone down and focus on you because you are worth it!
4. Write down what is bothering you
Have you ever been in one of those moods where everything is annoying you, and you can’t seem to work out why? The chances are that there is a deeper issue inside of you that you aren’t consciously aware. When I am feeling like this, I write in my journal. I start with something simple like a recount of what I did that day, and before you know it, you will be off on a tangent ranting about the person that skipped the coffee line three weeks ago (how rude!).
Tip: I sometimes set a timer for 30 minutes of writing so I can just get everything out. Trust me when you start you won’t believe how much is happening inside of your head!
5. Call someone you love
I am a firm believer that laughter is the best medicine. Whenever I am feeling down, I have a few go to people to call and chat, have a laugh with and know will put me in a good mood by just hearing their voice.
6. Go for a walk
There is something about getting outside and getting some fresh (or frosty) air that is perfect for releasing stress and tension. Even just a couple of laps around the block can do the body and mind absolute wonders.
Tip: Check out our article on the benefits of working out for more info! (put link here)
7. Watch a feel good movie
For me, a film that is going to make me laugh is just perfect. Anything Steve Martin or Ryan Reynolds (he is gorgeous too – bonus) always gets me laughing uncontrollably. Here are three of my favourites:
1. Father of the Bride
2. The Proposal
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
Here are 3 of Caz’s favourites:
1. The Devil Wears Prada
2. Sex And The City Movies
3. Notting Hill or Love Actually (anything that stars Hugh Grant).
8. Have a glass of your favourite wine
Now I’m not much of a drinker, but this one is perfect for my sister. She loves nothing more than sitting down with a glass of her favourite Moscato or Pimms on a Friday night and binge watching whatever Netflix series she is obsessed with at the time.
9. Make a comforting cup of tea or hot chocolate
There is something so comforting about holding a hot cup of tea in winter (it’s like a hug in a mug, what’s not to love?). I am currently OBSESSED with liquorice tea (the brand I like is ‘Love Tea’ if you want to check it out).
My sister loves a hot chocolate so lately I have been making her one using the ‘Loving Earth Organic Dark Drinking Chocolate’ with a tablespoon of organic maple syrup (so there are no nasties in it) to sweeten it up a bit.
10. Do some mindful colouring
Challenging my inner child gives me such an incredible feeling. There is something about having a funny movie on and a colouring book in front of me that puts me at peace. Colouring is a fantastic one if you want to do something a little more stimulating because you are still using a bit of creativity but there is no pressure for perfection (just let your imagination run wild).
Tip: Start with a simple one and then work up to the more challenging ones. Some of them make me a little dizzy, so I like to keep it simple and try not to do too many intricate colour patterns and combinations.
Caz knits, yes I know it is hard to believe, but knitting in front of a movie or reading are ways that Caz allows herself to sit and relax.
I hope these tips help you to wind down so you can be fully charged for the weekend and the week ahead!
Written by Angelica.
Angelica is a regular writer for Cazinc Blog, writing health and food articles. Follow this amazing woman on Instagram here.
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