Relaxing and Switching Off
Do you ever find yourself constantly on the go, whether that’s physically or mentally, when your work life spills into your personal life, or you have so many extra things to do that it feels like you never get to switch off and relax? This is happening to me at the moment. When I’m not at work, I’m doing work for my course, or writing blog posts (not that the latter is at all a displeasure), my mind is constantly working and by the time I get to bed at night I’m going over what I have left to do, or what I’ve learned.
Possibly because I’m a Scorpio, or perhaps just because I’m a little neurotic, I have a strong tendency to obsess over whatever I’m doing.
I have therefore made it my aim to ensure that I take some time each week to completely switch off from any kind of work, be that the work I have to do, i.e. my course, or that which I enjoy doing but tend to spend so much time thinking about that I go to work on a Monday feeling like I haven’t relaxed at all, such as my writing and this blog. I have therefore written a list, in two parts, of my tips for switching off either in the evening after a hard day’s work, or on an afternoon off, to make sure you completely cut yourself off from your work obligations and immerse yourself in “you time”.
* In the evening, stop doing anything that requires a lot of thought at least half an hour before you need to go to bed, to give your brain a chance to wind down.
* Read or watch something utterly mindless! It doesn’t matter if you usually enjoy Satre or highbrow biographies, a bit of entertaining “chick lit” or a comedy episode or two will clear your head and lift your mood.
* Have a hot bath or shower with some relaxing aromatherapy oils before you go to bed.
* If the lights in your house are quite bright or harsh, as energy-saving bulbs in particular can be, switch them off a while before you intend to sleep and use desk-lamps to read or watch TV by.
* On a Sunday afternoon (or any other day you have some time off) try to stop thinking about work for a few hours. Totally switch off from it and read something you want to read, go for a walk, or listen to music – do something other than the tasks you feel obliged to constantly be thinking about.
* Take some time to be by yourself. However much you love your partner, flatmates, family or anyone else around you, some alone time can really help clear your head and restore your sanity.
What are your top tips for unwinding and switching off from the obligations of work and writing for a while?
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