July 10, 2017
“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” – Bryant McGill
The simple act of relaxation is just as important as the act of persistence within the work life. To maintain our sanity, we must learn to fully de-stress for incoming ideas. That is why having a spa day, rest day, cheat day – or whatever name you prefer – can enhance your ability to get things done. Obviously, we all do not have the luxury of visiting a local spa or access to a full day of relaxation. However, if you’re pressed for time or don’t have the chance to be a bit more flexible, these steps can be slowly applied to your daily routine to increase sanity for your inner workaholic.
Too frequently we get tangled in the web of the terrifying worries of “what-ifs” in our hectic lives. How many times are you actually stepping back and listening instead of asking? During your spa day (or few minutes of tranquility), you should completely remove yourself from the projects you need to finish. Remove your mind from that source of worry and stress.
Meditation is a fantastic way to practice this ritual and kick off your self-care day/moment – you are able to shut out every worry that your brain has been feeding to you. Relax and understand that no matter what, you will find that the solution was always right in front of you.
Focus on what you love
Obviously, a day full of peace and mindfulness is going to be filled only with things you most enjoy (a Harry Potter marathon, planning your week, binge watching Vampire Diaries, etc.). But do you truly take your mind off of the stress originators? Remember that focusing on something else for a while isn’t a form of procrastination (unless you cut out all work time – THEN it becomes a problem), it is just the practice of contentment. Actually allowing those unproductive moments can cycle into being a moment of one of your best ideas.
If you are naturally a “precrastinator” and cannot fathom the thought of taking a break during work hours, brainstorm ideas for whatever it is you are working towards so that it doesn’t feel exactly like a form of laziness. Calmly approach your project with different forms of action. This will allow you to realize what steps you need to take towards your goals in order to put your mind at ease. And always remember, breaks are not the enemy. Over-working your body mentally and physically is.
Pamper and practice a little TLC
Okay, so we’ve discussed taking your mind completely off the origin of stress, but how about some tender loving care? Self-care is the most important habit an individual can practice. Without it, we wouldn’t really find purpose or love. So, do what you most enjoy doing. Blast some sick beats and throw on a charcoal face mask. Take a nice long bath with candles and read that book you’ve been waiting to read. This is YOUR time to shine.
Whatever your little heart has been desiring, do it. Whether it’s trying out a new restaurant or going shopping with your girlfriends, just do it! Just remember to be mindful about what you truly need for your break. Aka, treat yo self wisely.
To have an absolutely successful relaxation day/moment, you MUST remember that any outside noise or annoyance needs to be muted for the time being. Like, seriously. You can’t call it “relaxation” if you keep taking those calls from work, now can you? Please consider at least one of these tips. Relaxation time is most important to our well-being and will help you become more successful in all areas of your life.
xx – Devynne