How To Relax

The silliest title to a blog post that I’ve ever written. But – for some of us overachievers, very important to know!! Relaxing is not always something that comes naturally to us in today’s world. We’re used to going full speed ahead, being efficient, and getting it done, always thinking about the next project. We’re not so used to taking time for ourselves and chilling out.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time to relax and remember these tips. They’re not intuitive when your mind is always on the go!

  • Clear your mind. This means leave your work at work and put your commitments aside. Relaxing is not going to do any good if your mind is still going over your to do list. Nothing productive comes from obsessing over what needs to be done or dwelling on your problems. When it’s time to relax, put all of that thinking aside and clear your mind of the clutter.
  • Find what you love to do and do it, no matter what anyone else says. We don’t have TV at home, so Hulu is a treat to me. My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy when instead of getting extra sleep, I want to watch an episode of Project Runway. Although it seems counter-intuitive to him that watching TV would actually relax me, I swear it does. For those 44 precious minutes I don’t have to think about anything except for Heidi Klum. So I do it!
  • Schedule it in. You know how I often give a tip that I myself have to work on including in my life? This one is it. It is so important to make relaxing a priority in your life – self-care is something that should always be at the top of your list, to avoid getting sick and being unhappy.

If I can leave you with one piece of advice, it’s to really take to heart the importance of relaxing. Even if you take just an hour a week… it’s so important. And keep these tips in mind! Your body and mind will thank you!


31 Day Reset: Day 16 – Redesign Your Day

I’m participating in the 31 Days to Reset Your Life program at Happy Black Woman. The program is designed to help you evaluate your goals and priorities and think of them in the context of your life today and how you might be able to refocus on what’s important. Read on to learn about my experience with the challenge!

I see where Rosetta’s going with this. She’s asked us to identify ways we can change our schedule, so that we an have more time to work on other things. There are two areas I feel I can work on regarding a different schedule.

Go to bed earlier: Enough said. My average number of hours slept during the week is maybe six at most. I really need to get more sleep! And one of the reasons I don’t is because I need to…

Cut down on social media time: I think this is probably the case for many of us. Especially for me, as I’ve gotten so much feedback about the importance of managing my personal brand online. I have become preoccupied with spending time online. There are two times during the day this is the case: right when I get home from work and right before I go to bed. If I make a conscious effort to cut down at these times, I’m sure I’ll see a difference.

Now, as I said in Day 15’s post, I’m a firm believer that some time to be mindless and unwind is essential. And because I don’t have TV, this is my way to do that. But I can admit that I could cut the time in half. We probably all could!