Us millenials love nothing more than keeping ourselves busy at all times.
We work longer hours than previous generations. We own several devices and therefore make ourselves constantly available. We try to keep fit and squeeze in several workouts in our already busy schedule. We try to maintain a healthy social life, catching up with friends and let’s not forget our hobbies. And when we actually get 20 minutes to ourselves, let’s say on our way to work, on the bus/tram/train, even in the bathroom (don’t pretend that you don’t), we feel the urge to check our mobiles and try to catch up with current affairs, the latest gossip or stalk former lovers on social media.
Why do we constantly feel the need to keep busy and why don’t we allow ourselves to rest, to unwind,
TO SWITCH OFF?
I really struggle to unwind and to switch off these days. I almost feel guilty for not doing anything and won’t allow my mind to wonder or to simply not think.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve developed, or shall I say incorporated a few rituals, that help me to switch off and who would’ve thought, they actually work.
So I thought, for today’s blog post, I’ll share a few simple tips and tricks with you.
#1 Make Time For Yourself
It’s really simple actually but book in time for yourself, block time in your diary, even if it’s only 30 minutes every day and use the time wisely. Hands off any devices, I mean it (scolding face :)).
#2 It’s OK To Cancel Plans
It’s okay wanting to stay in, getting comfy in your favourite PJs and having a chilled night. Therefore, it is okay to cancel plans. Don’t force yourself, if you’re not up for it. You have to look after yourself and if that means staying in, then it’s absolutely legitimate.
#3 Book In For A Massage/Reiki
You’d be surprised but a good massage works wonders. My flatmate and I try booking in once a month, although lately it has been quite irregular. Becki, our masseuse, makes house calls and we usually book in for a 30 minutes massage and 30 minutes of Reiki.
It’s the best. Check out her Facebook page and book in, promise she won’t disappoint.
You don’t have to sit crossed legged on the floor humming ‘Ohhhhm’ BUT find a position you can be comfortable in for at least 10 minutes (try aiming for 10 minutes, if you haven’t given meditation a try before) and try blocking out any irrelevant thoughts and noise.
Meditation needs practice, so don’t get disheartened, if you at first you don’t succeed. Try finding a playlist on Spotify to get you in the mood.
#5 Skincare Routine
Yep, you read right. Skincare routine. Who doesn’t love a good old skincare routine. I’ve recently stocked up on new products and have also received my first Birchbox. It’s a good way of trying new high-end products without having to spend a lot of money and therefore getting to try them for a few weeks before investing in full size products. One of my current favourite products is the Future Proof Active Body Butter from Mio. With the weather getting colder, this body butter is a definite moisture treat for your skin.
How do you unwind and switch off? Would love to hear any tips you have.