The holiday season has begun. A perfect opportunity to relax, recharge and get that well-deserved break.
Time out allows us to return with a brand spanking new perspective and it’s like the reboot button has been pressed. We often come back with fresh goals or a new plan of attack.
But why do we feel we need to wait until the holidays arrive to do this? Really, we can unwind at any time.
But how easy is it to do? How do we do this when we aren’t soaking up the rays and enjoying the sea breeze? Plus the office is calling, the gym classes are prodding and there is everything else in between! Do we need to take a pause and allow ourselves space for the small things? Just to allow the reset button to have a chance?
It doesn’t always mean booking into a spa or a weekend away (although both are definitely up there in the popularity stakes for me!) but there are some smaller things we can do to help us unwind.
Here are four of my favourite:
GET SOME FRESH AIR
It doesn’t have to be a trek, a 30-minute walk can really improve your mood. Throw on some trainers, stick in the earphones and listen to some music or a Podcast. My favourite at the moment is Unf*ck Your Brain. If you’re in need of a confidence boost this is for you!
TAKE A NAP
Sleeping prevents burn out, especially a power nap which allows the body to reset. How often have you found yourself in a whirlwind with a million and one plates spinning to feel like they are all going to come crashing down? Set the alarm to make sure you don’t oversleep and give yourself a chance to feel re-energised.
BOOK A MASSAGE
Urban Massage (based in London, Manchester and Birmingham) come directly to your home! You select the date, timing, a masseuse, the type of massage, provide some towels and then you’re job is done. Allow the relaxation to take over and the best bit is knowing you don’t have to travel home afterwards!
HAVE A DIGITAL DETOX
Ok, so this one isn’t always easy, especially for addicts like me. Social media can also be demanding and time-consuming but taking a detox for 30-60 minutes at a time is achievable. Put it all on hold for a short while, pour a glass of wine and catch up on Netflix. My favourite (albeit it, yes I know I am a bit late to the party with this one!) right now is The Good Wife.
What do you do to unwind? I would love to add some more ideas to my list!
By Nicci McShane