In this crazy technologically advanced world that we live in, it is easy to get caught up in the stresses of work, life, priorities, expectations and deadlines. We often tend to focus our entire attention on these aspects of our lives – sometimes to an unhealthy extent. I am here to remind you that yes, working hard is important. But looking after yourself is equally as important. If we forget to look after ourselves the whole balancing act will fall apart. Here is a list of ways I find helpful to unwind, refresh and regenerate myself so I am in the right mindset to tackle my weekly tasks efficiently an effectively.
1. Have a bath
Baths are the most underrated invention ever. Grab your Beyoncé playlist, a Lush bubble bath bomb (the ones with the petals are amazing!) and you are set for a solid chill sesh in the bath.
2. Go for a long walk
Leave your phone behind. Go on an adventure – explore a new place.
3. Take a day trip to the beach
Next weekend, you are going to the beach. Sit by the beach and listen to the waves. Free your mind.
4. Create a new playlist
A really good one. I created a girl power playlist and it was life changing. Feel good playlists are honestly the best thing and they can improve your mood in seconds. I feel so much more motivated to get up and work hard after listening to my playlist.
5. Do something creative
Even if you don’t view yourself as a creative person, exercising our creative side of the brain is always beneficial and can be calming. Try beading, origami, painting, colouring in, cooking, writing a diary entry, write a song, write a poem, sketch – there are so many fun and creative things to try. You could even enroll yourself in an art class in your community. I enrolled myself in a community sewing class a few years ago and now I am studying fashion design. You never know what might become of your new hobby! Get out there and unleash your creative talents Picasso.
6. Read Something
Read anything really. It doesn’t have to be a book. I personally absolutely love Yen magazine. I highly recommend it as an alternative style magazine, and I love making collages with the old copies I own. Read a blog on a subject that interests you. Even listen to a podcast on a topic that you love. Extending your knowledge in general will improve your quality of life. Focus in on reading about what really interests you. Don’t forget about non-fiction books either. I personally absolutely love reading fashion illustration books. Read a book about starting your own business. Personal development is a great place to start. But of course any type of literature is beneficial regardless as to whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction. There is so much knowledge out there waiting for you, why waste it?
7. Take yourself on a date
Go to a cool new cafe by yourself. Wear something nice and order something even nicer. Embrace being alone, and keep that iPhone in your pocket! Embrace real life human interaction. Have a chat with the staff. It can be really refreshing, and trust me the staff will probably really enjoy meeting you and remember you for next time!
8. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages
Have a good laugh with someone that you miss. They will probably be over the moon that you took the time out of your day to re-establish the friendship. It’s a great way to relax by simply having a good vent to someone you haven’t spoken to in ages.
9. Have a glass of water
Hydrating yourself regularly is so important. I can’t stress this enough. I discovered green tea when I was taking my final year of high school. It was a total game changer. Any form of water is great for relaxation and for your overall health.
Keeping yourself locked inside for days at a time will lead to feelings of negativity and lower your health levels in general. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do ten push ups. Exercise will make you feel happier. Go running. Try going down to the local pool and swimming a few laps. Exercise should be a fun thing. Grab a few friends and start a social netball team. It’s a great way to schedule in a weekly dose of exercise into your busy schedule and keep in touch with friends. You could even consider joining a local team. Get out and about and meet new people in your community. You never know what it might lead to!
Liv Perry X