As everyone has been adjusting to this ‘new normal’ we’re experiencing at the moment, I’ve sometimes put pressure on myself to be productive. I keep thinking, when will I ever have time like this again to get things done? That’s all well and good but, like when everything is normal, being able to relax and switch off is really important. I even think it’s more important at the moment than ever before! Here are 5 different things that I do that either help me to relax or switch off from whatever else is going on in life.
1 – Reading
My number one way to relax is to get stuck into a good book. I recently got back into reading regularly and having more time to do it made me realise how much I enjoy it. I don’t have a particular type of book I like, just anything that has a good story-line and that I can’t put down. Escaping into the world of a book for an hour or so is great for switching off too, as I’m focused on the book and nothing else. I wrote a bit more about why I like to read here!
2 – Home Workouts
This is one for switching off rather than relaxing and something I didn’t do before lockdown started. My exercise regime was pretty much non-existent at the start of this year, apart from going swimming when I could. I find exercising at home more enjoyable than I thought, as I don’t have to worry about what I look like when I’m doing it. It helps me switch off as I’m fully focused on the exercises that I’m doing at the time. I even made my own garden-friendly workout with my favourite exercises, using the small amount of gym equipment we have at home.
3 – Colouring
I wasn’t sure about this at first, but I actually find colouring really relaxing. Again it’s something that keeps my mind focused on what I’m doing and is perfect for doing in the garden on sunny days. Colouring helps to keep me creative too and, as I’m not the best drawer or painter, it’s a nice alternative thing to do. I’ll definitely be carrying on with it when everything is back to normal as it helps me to de-stress and relax.
4 – Writing
This is something that not everyone would find relaxing, but I actually find writing blog posts is a good way to switch off. Writing is something I’ve always liked to do, so it’s not surprising that I’ve ended up with a blog. Sitting on my own with my laptop and tapping out a post is a nice bit of escapism for me, and I don’t think I would be doing it if I didn’t find it relaxing and enjoyable!
5 – Pamper Time
What could be more relaxing than a bubble bath and face mask? Any little bit of self care, such as doing a full skincare routine or painting my nails, always makes me feel better and more relaxed afterwards. I think having designated pamper time when I’m not rushing to do other things is important, as it means I’m focused on having ‘me time’ rather than thinking about doing other things.
I hope these are helpful if you’re looking for different ways to relax and switch off, all of which can be done from the comfort of your own home!