So by now most of us have gone back to work and it’s time for another year of our daily regiment, wake up, working, exercise, cook dinner, bed, repeat. A new set of 365 days to do something different is always an exciting venture.As we get into our daily routines, it can be very easy to get distracted and not take time for ourselves, enjoy everything life has to offer and be way too uptight. So I’m sharing a list of five things to help you stay better relaxed in 2018!
1. Read a book or something you enjoy, just for pleasure.
We may all have things related to work or school that we are required to read, but take some time for yourself and set aside time before bed and read something you can truly enjoy. One of my go-to authors for a great read is Emily Giffin. Right now I’m anxiously awaiting her next novel that is set to come out later this year, so in the meantime I’m testing out the latest Heather Graham novel, cowritten by one of my favorite actors, Chad Michael Murray. If you know me at all, and my love for One Tree Hill you know I have hopes that this book, American Drifter will be a good one.
2. Disconnect from all technology–tvs, iPhones, laptops, etc.
“I..I’ve been given the gift of time!” -Ross Gellar (FRIENDS, The One With The Yeti)
As Ross mentions in that episode, the gift of time is a great thing and when we are not tied to our schedules and our technology, we can actually get so much done! As I sit here on my laptop typing this post, I think about how different my life would be without the technology we feel like we “have” to use on a daily basis. Take a few moments each day to unwind and leave your phone and all other technology out of sight out of mind. Sometimes even sitting in a silent room can be very relaxing. I’ve done this on occasion after a long day at work, just sit on the couch in my living room and I don’t think about anything. Might sound weird, especially because we’re so used to being surrounded by noise 24/7 that silence sometimes may even seem uncomfortable, but I have found that it is very relaxing and helps motivate me for what I may need to get done the rest of the evening.
3. Go to the park
While living in DFW may not have too much scenery, there are some great places to go and enjoy some fresh air. For the suburbs, there is the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX. For those located closer to downtown Dallas there is the Katy Trail. So there are options to get out and take a stroll, when the Texas weather is cooperating and not extremely hot or cold.
4. Get a massage/go to a spa!
I can’t tell you how many times going to a spa or a nail salon makes me feel so relaxed! So maybe once a month it would be a good idea to take some “me” time. Whether that’s going to a spa for a massage, getting your nails done, going to a sauna. Do something that you really have to unplug yourself. Spas are so relaxing when people are required to be quiet and disconnect from their phones in order to not distract others. So find one you feel most comfortable and can get the most out of your “me” time.
5. Find a low-key coffee shop.
When I say low-key, I mean a coffee shop that isn’t Starbucks. Believe it or not, there are other places! In college, I loved going to this one shop near campus called J&B coffee to get work done, even though it got crowded, people were so quiet and aware of where they were. It was so easy to focus and not be so overwhelmed by all the work I was actually having to get done. It’s so much less chaotic than the hustle and bustle of Starbucks and a great way to have a chill meet up with friends. Another great thing about these smaller coffee shops, they make the drinks with the fancy foam designs, which makes their coffee that much more appealing don’t you think?
What are some ways you relax?