Life can be crazy sometimes and winding down and relaxing is so important for your own health and well being.
I have a busy mind and sometimes don’t leave work at work (I have an office ‘9-5’ job). I’ve worked crazy hours in the past which has really got to me and left me feeling quite down so I always make an effort to make sure I do things that I enjoy and relax.
Here’s a few things I like to do –
Read a book – I’ve always loved reading, but as I got older just stopped making the time for it. This year in particular I’ve made an effort to get back in to reading. I find it relaxing and love getting lost in a good book. It’s a good way to escape your own problems however big or small and focus on something else. Psychological thrillers are my absolute favourite. I love a book with a good twist!
Write – Whether it’s just scribbling some thoughts down or working on this blog, writing is a favourite past time of mine. I loved creative writing when I was younger and would love to publish a novel one day. But after a long day, just jotting ideas down is calming and feels productive even when it’s just jibber jabber! I enjoy reading over old notes too, it kind of feels like a diary and helps put things in perspective sometimes when I read back over things.
Have a bubble bath – Not everyone likes baths, but I love them! A good Radox bubble bath or a Lush bath bomb with it’s amazing colours and smells completely winds me down and relaxes me better than anything!
Listen to music – I have a playlist of chilled music that I like to listen to (there’s a lot of Adele in there!). I usually pop that playlist on for my journey home from work and just stop thinking about work and focus on the music (and pretend I can sing like Adele!) Sometimes just music with no lyrics is good too, Spotify is good to find a good ‘chill’ playlist on.
Get a massage – Specifically a back or head massage. These can be quite pricey depending on where you go, but I do like to treat myself to a massage once in a while. It takes the stress away and is super relaxing. I could spends hours getting a massage! Just not on my feet as I’m super ticklish on my feet!
Everyone does different things to relax, let me know in the comments below what you like to do!