Ever had one of those days where you just couldn’t take it anymore? “It” being the stress and chaos of every day living.
Trying to relax and let go of the pressures of the day can seem almost impossible. I know that when I try to relax, I usually end up more stressed than when I started.
So, I have come up with 5 simple ways that I can let go of the day’s stresses and unwind. These 5 ways to relax aren’t huge projects to work on and they really help me when I need a break but I can’t do too much to get away.
Turn Off Technology
I find myself getting distracted from family time when I stare at the screen in the evening. If I absolutely need to work on something, I will wait until the kids are in bed, and go back to the computer.
I have made considerable effort to not always be on my cell phone at all hours of the day. When I began to track my habits, I found that I was ALWAYS on my phone, even when I didn’t need to be. It was way too excessive and I started to lessen the amount of time that I spent on my phone.
There are plenty of times when we spend family time watching a movie or TV show, but we have also started to only spend time like that a few times a week. I have found that my interest in entertainment has dwindled and I am much more happy sticking my nose in a book for the evening.
Take a walk
What better way to spend your evening than to get outside?! If I am frustrated, it can be a big boost to my emotions to simply put everything down and get outside of the house.
It helps everyone wind down for bed and it’s nice to spend time with nature.
Read a book
As a bookworm, I find it so easy to relax when I sit down and read a book. It can be a fictional or non-fictional book, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a type of escape for me.
It’s fun because my older two kids are beginning their reading journey now. They now have a plethora of books in their room and it’s not rare to walk into their room and find them reading a book.
It’s quiet time for us. With a cup of tea and a good book, the stress of the day has an easier time leaving the house.
Sometimes the stress and chaos of the day makes it easier to forget that self-care is important. A good way to de-stress is to bake some brownies or rent a favorite movie.
Do something that will help you forget how long and chaotic the day was. My favorite way to treat myself after a long day is a hot bath and a good book.
When the stress of the day becomes too much, sometimes the best thing to do is step away and breathe.
I haven’t always meditated, but in the past few years I have seen how much of a positive experience meditation can have on my life.
Finding a quiet spot and focusing on my breathing and trying to clear my head has done wonders for my temper and my impulsive choices.
As an introvert, I have found meditation to be a wonderful choice when it seems as though the world is trying to overtake me.
Taking the time to unwind after a busy day can be a bit of a challenge! I should know. Working from home has it’s own set of problems that make home life seem extra chaotic and frustrating.
These 5 techniques to unwind and relax have helped me so much over the past few years.
Comment below and let me know what you do to unwind after a long day or busy week!