Sometimes we forget how important it is to truly just shut off from the rest of the world. I know I at least overlook & underappreciate the importance of the “me time” that I never really make a point to make time for.
Here are a few little things you (and I) can do to take a minute and detach from the every day stresses in our lives to relax and allow ourselves to cope a little bit better when we have to dive back into the mix of things.
- Turn off all devices. Phone, iPad, laptop, Kindle, Apple Watch, TV – everything. I promise you will feel an instant difference as soon as you go offline. It will take some getting used to, but this will force you to create focuses elsewhere in life and see/appreciate the little things that you wouldn’t normally notice being distracted by texts, calls, and social media!
- Take a walk! Get outside. Get some fresh air. This is something that we forget the importance of all too often. At first it may seem like a task, but once you get going, leave your phone at home, don’t plan a route, just start walking – you’ll feel so much better (and productive) when you’re done.
- Take a class. Anything… photography, creative writing, art, history – literally anything. Sign up for a “Drink-and-Draw” event where you meet up with a group of random people and paint pictures while drinking wine. Yelp, Groupon, and Meetup.com are all great sites to find things like this to do!
- Try a new hobby. I’ve already blogged about my new-found love for painting pottery. I don’t even know why/who/what inspired me to even try it in the first place, but I’m so glad I did. Try things out until you find something you really like/enjoy doing whether it be painting, hiking, creating DIY projects at home, re-arranging rooms in your house, etc. Once you find an outlet like this, you’ll feel so much more confident on a bad day when you just aren’t feeling it and don’t know what to do with yourself.
- Make something. It may seem like a lot of work to take on, but having a project like this that you can work on on weekends can be really fun! Plus, you feel super productive afterwards. Doing stuff like this can easily become addictive – in the most healthy way! Pinterest is a great website to get fun/creative ideas for any type of DIY craft you may be considering!
- Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Just because. Try a new restaurant you’ve driven by, a destination you’ve always wanted to see but have never gotten around to going, a short, mini road trip. The aquarium, tide pools, a new restaurant, Japanese tea garden, drive-in movie – these are all some that are on my to-do list!
- Meditate. Whatever your religious beliefs are, cultural practices, etc.; take a moment out for yourself and just detach. Think, pray, whatever. If you have no religion, take ten minutes to just sit down in a quiet place and unwind. I like to do this when I come home from work each day, before I switch from work-mode to personal J
- Invite your closest friends over. Sometimes things get so hectic during the week that I forget to check-in with my friends and family. Surrounding yourself with people you love and enjoy is a great way to detach from everyday stress. Have a drink, cook something together, go for a walk. Vent about work, boyfriends, family drama. It feels good to just let it out and have someone important there to listen!
- A great weekend activity. So rewarding and selfless – this is one of my favorite feel-good activities that really allows me to take a moment to remember to be grateful for all I have and how blessed I am. Something I definitely I don’t do often enough, but should!
- Do something special for yourself.
- Run a warm bubble bath with candles and roses; just because. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and sit in there until your skin starts to prune! You deserve it!
- Eat a whole pint of your favorite ice cream.
- Turn your phone off and run through an entire season of your favorite Netflix series.
Published by Nani Dominguez