You’ve just spent a full day mothering two whiney toddlers, your house is a mess, the laundry pile is getting bigger by the minute, there are 263 new emails in your inbox, and 20 unanswered texts that you haven’t managed to get around to. At the end of a stressful day, it’s easy to feel like you need to catch up on your mile-long todo list, to go-go-go until bedtime (which keeps getting pushed further and further into the night). But if you don’t take a break every now and then, you’re going to run yourself into a wall. Taking time to relax and unwind is so important and will make you happier, more efficient, and ready to tackle on a new (stressful) day. Here are my five favourite ways to unwind and recharge after a hectic day.
[ 1 ] Pick up a book
There’s no better way to escape the stresses that come along with modern technology than to pick up a good book. Stories that have nothing to do with your life are a great way to escape your everyday stressors and allow your mind (and your body) to relax a bit. Make sure it’s something you truly enjoy reading, though, as it won’t work if it ends up feeling like another chore.
[ 2 ] Meditate
There are so many benefits to spending a bit of your day in meditation – from reducing stress and improving concentration to relieving depressing and increasing your happiness. And you don’t need a lot of time to dedicate to the practice of mindfulness (us mamas are busy enough as it is!) – 5 to 10 minutes per day can go a long way. If you’re new to the art of meditation, there are a ton of apps to help you. My personal favourites are Calm and Headspace.
[ 3 ] Have a relaxing bath
There’s no denying the relaxing benefits of a kid-free bath. Once you’ve put your kiddos to bed, grab a glass of wine, run a warm bath, throw in some sea salts / milk / flowers / whatever floats your boat, and just let your mind and body relax and destress.
[ 4 ] Listen to music
Remember when you used to spend hours doing absolutely nothing but listening to your favourite songs? There’s a good reason to get back into that habit – music can have a very soothing effect on you. It has a unique link to our emotions, which makes it a great way to manage stress. And you don’t just have to listen to classical music (although that has a tremendously relaxing effect on both our minds and bodies). Music, no matter the genre, has the power to absorb our attention fully, to serve as a distraction, while we explore our emotions. It’s essentially a form of meditation and a fun one at that!
[ 5 ] Turn on Netflix
There’s no denying how relaxing it is to lie in bed or on your sofa, watching a favourite show or TV series. When I really need to get out of my head I like to watch something uplifting, like a feel-good rom-com or documentary. I recently watched Tony Robbins: I am not your Guru on Netflix and it was such a powerful and fascinating look into his popular annual seminars.
What is your favourite way to unwind after a stressful day?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Netflix Canada. All opinions are my own.