We all need downtime, time to switch off our brain, and time to recharge. Sometimes it can seem like we never have time for ourselves – working full time, house work, errands, fitting in time for a social life – sometimes life can be very hectic. But it’s important to schedule in some time for you, time to unwind, and time to give yourself a rest. Today I wanted to share with you my favourite ways to unwind after work.
Read a Book
Getting lost in a good book always has, and always will be one of my favourite ways to unwind. I particularly like reading a hard copy book rather than on my Kindle, as I like that it forces me to switch off from technology completely, and allows me to get lost in the story as I turn over countless pages. Even spending just twenty minutes or so with a cup of tea and a good book relaxes me and allows me to forget about whatever stresses have happened that day.
Listen to a Podcast
Now podcasts are still something rather new to me, and only something I’ve started delving into recently. I love how accessible podcasts are, there’s so many available on Spotify that I went years not knowing about. Podcasts are great because you can find one on almost any topic you could think of, and can listen to them anywhere. I’d love to hear what podcasts you listen to and have some suggestions if you have any favourites.
Go for a Walk
Going for a walk, get those legs moving, and breathing in some fresh air always works wonders. I enjoy a walk in the cold crisp air just as much as I would when it’s sunny and warm outside, it makes me feel better regardless. Especially since I am full-time working from home, it’s really important to schedule in time to get outside and get some fresh air when I can.
Have a Relaxing Bath
Having a lovely relaxing bath and a good old pamper never hurt anyone. I love making a nice bubble bath, getting a nice drink, lighting some candles and sticking on some music while I soak and relax. Especially now the evenings are going to start getting colder and darker from now, now that we’re into September I can see plenty of these types of evenings in my near future.
Switch Off My Phone
Sometimes the best thing I can do to unwind and switch off, is by hitting the power button on my phone and saying good bye to it for a while. I’d then use this time to get some fresh air, read, have a cup of tea – away from the distraction and urge to scroll through social media, look at emails, or anything else I know I had to do.
Write in a Journal
Journalling is something I used to do frequently years ago, and I lost the habit of it. However recently I’ve started to encourage myself to do it more, as I find it really therapeutic and helpful in getting things off my mind. I also like go back and look at previous entries for reflection. Is journalling something you do?
What are your favourite ways to unwind after work?