When was the last time you slowed down and relaxed?
We live in a world where we’re constantly on the go and we rarely give ourselves time to just slow down and relax.
I know first hand how caught up we can get going about our busy days that we forget to take a moment to ourselves to just be.
Being busy was the norm for me once I started “adulting” and at the beginning, I thought that this is how it was supposed to be: always being on the go, being pulled in different directions, your mind going a billion miles an hour, etc, that I forgot how to slow down and relax.
Why are we always busy?
We correlate busyness with success and wealth.
We feel compelled to have to work, work, work in order to feel accomplished. For some people, to slow down and relax feels like it’s time wasted that could be used to be productive.
We get distracted by all of the responsibilities that we carry on our shoulders, we feel like there’s no time to slow down and relax.
But listen, our minds and our bodies really need that extra time to recharge and prepare for tomorrow’s tasks.
Your days may be full but they’re not packed.
You still have time to spend it with your family, you still have time to exercise, to make that face masks, to read that book you’ve been meaning to read, etc.
You can find time to take care of yourself to be better productive with your time. I’m going to share with you some ways that you can slow down and relax so that you can be able to live more while doing less.
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How to Slow Down and Relax
Listen to podcasts.
Podcasts have been a new thing for me that I incorporated into my self-care routine. Personal podcasts are abundant on Spotify and I’m going to share with you a couple of my favorite podcasts, from personal development to comedy.
I understand that listening to podcasts, especially when driving, may be boring (because you’re so used to jamming out to your tunes) but have an open mind.
Maybe you haven’t found the right podcast that just speaks to your soul. These are a few that I would recommend:
Earn Your Happy by Lauren Harder
This is by far, my favorite personal development podcast that I enjoy listening to.
She talks about how to get out of your own way to live an intentional life and earn your right to happiness. It’s like she’s talking right to you and she tells it like it is.
If you’re the type of person, who loves people with a go-getter mindset and just radiates confidence and happiness, this podcast is a must.
I hear her podcasts every day in the morning. That way, I’m starting off my day on the right foot and I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more productive with my day. I highly encourage listening to her.
Stuff You Should Know Podcast
You know those days where you’re minding your own business and all of a sudden you’re thinking, why is salt salty? Yes, I’ve thought of that…moving on.
This podcast has every question under the sun answered that you’ve ever thought of.
If you’re into educational podcasts and love learning about random things, this is the podcast for you.
The Office Ladies by Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fisher
If you are a true The Office fan such as myself, this is the podcast that I very much needed in my life to get my weekly dose of behind the scenes moments.
They just launched their podcast a couple of months ago and I’m trying my hardest not to binge-watch…binge…hear?…binge-listen???…to all their podcasts in one sitting.
I find so much enjoyment listening to their episodes especially when I take long drives back home to visit my parents. Time passes by so quickly, it’s ridiculous. Check it out.
Write down what you’re grateful for.
Being grateful can get you a long way. It makes you really stop and think of the things that you should really be focusing on.
I’ve used this tip a lot since last year and it has made a world of a difference in my mental health and overall perspective.
So if you’re a paper and pencil type of person I would totally recommend these cute notebooks.
I’m such a hoarder of office supplies, so you can never have too many notebooks.
How I practice gratitude is at the end of every day before going to bed, I whip out my notebook and I reflect on the positive things that happened throughout my day or anything that made me smile.
It can be anything. It doesn’t have to be life-changing.
As long as it has significant meaning to you or made your day a little brighter, then it’s definitely something to be grateful for.
People are breaking the stigma on mental health and making people aware that mental illness is real and it’s okay.
What’s not okay is not getting the help that you deserve to be able to take care of yourself.
Self-care is essential to being able to stay sane and productive.
Social media is the ultimate bully to the people who use them, especially teens, so it’s very important to be able to focus on you, and here are some helpful ways that you can do that.
Do a face mask.
Whenever I finish using face masks, I feel like I have a new face on.
I’ve tried a ton of masks, from sheet masks to mud masks but I think this Indian Healing Clay has made such a huge improvement on my face and if you’re interested in purchasing them, click on the image below!
FACE MASKS FOR OILY SKIN
THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE
Painting is the number 1 way that I relax after a stressful day.
Right now, watercolor is my obsession. It is extremely therapeutic and a great way to focus on one thing at a time.
There is no right or wrong way to paint because it is a FORM of expression.
Paint your feelings and get all that negativity out onto paper.
Currently, I’m using this watercolor painting palette. Compared to other high-end watercolor palettes that I’ve tried, this palette has out-performed many and it’s crazy affordable. Definitely check it out.
Unplug from social media.
Sure, social media is an awesome way of connecting with people all over the world and watching cute videos of kittens meowing.
Like I’ve mentioned before, social media can be brutal to our mental health.
Online bullying is a thing and it’s real.
We need to understand that the negative things people say to you are 100% NOT TRUE. DO NOT believe everything people say.
A lot of us are glued to our phones a lot of the time, I’m guilty of that.
But a very good way to really protect your mental health is simply turn off that phone, shove it under a pillow, give it to your significant other to keep, and just STEP AWAY.
Instagram is still going to be there when you get back.
The most important thing is that we desensitize ourselves from everything we see on social media.
A good 30 minutes to an hour away from social media will do wonders for your mental health.
Go outside and enjoy nature.
So while you’re unplugged from social media, take the time to go outside and just be one with nature.
Whenever I visit my parents, I love waking up early and going outside where the sun is just starting to rise and sit there and listening to the birds chirping and being in the moment.
It’s a wonderful way to start your day because you clear your mind, appreciate the beauty of nature, and then you can go about your day.
Engage in relaxation exercises.
It’s a no-brainer.
One exercise may work for one person but not for another.
So I have listed a couple of techniques that you can utilize and see which one works for you.
You can never go wrong with deep breathing. Simply, just inhale for 5 seconds, hold it in for 3, and then exhale for 5 seconds. Repeat as necessary until you’re fully relaxed.
This is my ultimate favorite, especially when you have a million things on your mind at once or when you’re feeling anxious. So this is how it works:
Origami is great for focusing and relaxing. You can purchase some awesome origami books and paper here.
Basically, anything tactile, hands-on activity is perfect for relaxing and slowing down.
Positive affirmations are a lot like practicing gratitude. The more you practice it, the better and easier it is in making it a habit.
HOW TO REDUCE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
HOW TO CHANGE A NEGATIVE MINDSET INTO A POSITIVE ONE
When stating affirmations, always make your statements INTENTIONAL AND DIRECTED TOWARDS YOU. Using words such as I, me, I will, I am, etc. are preferred when stating positive affirmations.
Examples of positive affirmations:
- Today is going to be a great day.
- I will be successful
- I am strong and powerful
- I am capable
- Good things are coming my way
Mindfulness is the power of being in the PRESENT MOMENT.
A lot of people are fatigued and stressed out because they are thinking about a million things to do in the future. Thinking ahead into the future is what causes us to get frustrated and burn out.
Everything from eating to doing tasks, be present when you’re doing those things.
Don’t think of what needs to get done, just enjoy what you’re currently doing. The tasks that you need to do will be there when you get to them.
A lot of us groan when we think about exercising but we all know how beneficial it is to our physical and mental health.
Squeezing in a 15-minute HIIT (High-intensity Interval Training) workout is better than not doing anything at all. You reap the benefits of doing a HIIT workout as it burns more fat and calories than spending an hour at the gym.
You can find limitless workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home!
Considering how the COVID-19 has us all quarantined at the moment, it may be hard to go out and get your workout in at the gym (since they’re closed).
But no worries because when there’s a will, there’s a way.
That’s a wrap! I hope this was helpful to you and now you can take these tips to help you slow down and relax.
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