I tend to be involved in a lot of things. I’m one of those people that thrives on being a part of “it”. “It” could be anything. Sports, book clubs, volunteer projects, or writing a blog. You name it, I’ve probably joined it. Am I alone or do I have fellow ‘joiners’ out there?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget to relax. We’re just too dang busy being a part of things! If I’m smart, I make it a habit to schedule relaxing time. For me that is walking the dog, watching my current favorite sitcom, or reading a book. However, there are times that I don’t make that a priority. That’s when my need for relaxation will hit me like a ton of bricks.
I’ve had a really busy summer. I’m going through a lot of transition with my job, my husband and I are actively looking to move, I’m training for my first triathlon, and my extra curriculars have become part-time jobs. Relaxation time had definitely hit the backburner.
Listen to your body
On a recent Monday morning, I could not fathom the thought of getting out of bed. My body would have nothing to do with it. It was practically screaming at me to slow down and rest. I desperately needed a break and some quality relaxation time. So, I took the day off. I took a few naps and let my body and my brain unwind. Are you surprised I felt so much better the next day?
Don’t be like me. Listen to what your body is telling you. Better yet, don’t let it get that far. Relaxation time is crucial for a healthy life. Here are three simple ideas to make it part of your own lifestyle.
- Commit to it. Just like any other lifestyle change, you need to decide it is a priority. Let your partner and kids know or anyone else living in the same home. Having a support system is key to your success
- Actually schedule time for yourself. If you relax better on your own, make it a part of your routine. Mark time on your calendar to read, garden or bathe. Heck, make a “Do Not Disturb” sign just for you to post in your home when it’s YOUR time.
- Not sure you like being on your own? Schedule relaxing activities with a friend. Pedicures, leisurly strolls, or a wine and cheese picnic are all great options for pairs! Plus you’re helping your pal relax at the same time. Win-win!
I for one am going to start taking my own advice. Watch out Outlook calendar, I have some very important appointments to schedule!
Do any of you struggle with relaxation time? What strategies have worked for you?