After a long day of work, taking care of your kids, taking care of the house/errands, why wouldn’t you want to unwind after your hectic day. But sometimes you just want to relax and do something other than binge watch Netflix and TV shows. Here are some quick non-TV suggestions:
- Turn off the power buttons on your phone, laptop, and TV. Turn on the radio and listen to music. Get lost in the musical beats and sing/dance your heart out. It’s your concert after all!
- Breathe and move. Take a walk outside around your neighborhood and be fully present. Look at the houses, trees, birds, everything that you are seeing and be mindful of how you feel. Another idea is to pick a few simple yoga poses to do for 5-10 minutes. Start with 3 poses and do it everyday for a few weeks and see how you it suits you.
- Pick a relaxing hobby. Think knitting, crocheting, or gardening. Anything that’s relaxing to you, schedule in some time to make sure that you are taking time for yourself because a lot of the time, hobbies get pushed aside for something else.
- Have a good sit. Pick a favorite chair, a spot on your porch, or a floor pillow. Set the timer for 5 minutes and zone out.
- Mediate. Meditation is great for your mind. Even if you find it really hard to mediate, there are a few other ways to calm your mind. Two ways in particular are: morning pages and mandala coloring. Morning pages are great if you like to write and want to flush everything out. Mandala coloring is good if you want to zone out and just focus on the colors that are appearing on the page. If you are a visual person, definitely check this out. I believe that these are good places to start if traditional meditation isn’t your cup of tea.
- Be grateful. Just having a notebook and a calendar to write down one to two grateful statements daily can do wonders for your mindset. If you are want to do this online, then check out iDoneThis. You can write out your grateful statement every evening when they email you the question, “What have you done today?” Change the question (in your mind) to “What are you grateful for today?” and answer accordingly. It doesn’t matter how big or small, just be grateful.
Whatever new habit you choose, make sure that you make it as simple as possible so that you will be able to do it easily and without much mental effort. After all, it’s about unwinding and relaxing after a long day. Congrats for taking the first step towards less overwhelm in your life!