Relaxation feels like something we should all be good at. The unfortunate reality is that most people find it hard to properly wind down when the weekend rolls around. There’s a constant pressure to keep active and to really make the most of your time. Sometimes though, your mind and body really need to be able to switch off and have some down-time. So here are a few simple ways to breathe easy.
Don’t Leave It For Monday
If there’s any way you can manage it, avoid leaving tasks from your Friday to-do list for Monday. That way, you can fully commit yourself to your weekend and won’t have anything niggling away at the back of your mind. Even better, before you leave work on Friday, make a realistic schedule for Monday morning so that you’re not mentally planning anything when you could be relaxing. Guilt-free weekend!
Switch Off Your Phone
Constantly having to be on is one of the most stressful things about our convenient modern lives. Even just feeling like you have to check your Facebook page every two minutes feeds into the availability anxiety. How will social network survive without your astute witticisms? I promise you, Facebook will continue on and that the conversation will be there when you plug back in. So forget the FOMO, turn off your phone (or at the very least, turn off your notifications) and actually pay attention to the world around you.
Move a Little
Exercise makes relaxing all the sweeter. If you can manage to get out and do something vigorous even for a little while, your down-time will feel earned, you’ll sleep better and you don’t have to feel bad about indulging yourself.
Make Time to Do Nothing
We all know weekends are too short, so we run around trying to stuff activities in to make the most of it. Do yourself a favour and take some time to do sweet, sweet nothing. When you’ve planned to spend time relaxing, you’ll be less worried that you’ll have wasted time by pottering about. Don’t even watch a show. Just be.
The psychological benefits of relaxing properly are myriad, and you’ll start back at work refreshed and ready for the week ahead. You’ll have a clearer mind, more energy, will do better at work and get on better with your colleagues. Win – win! So go ahead, kick back, relax and enjoy!