Do you have a tendency to plan and do more things than you can actually handle in your already busy day-to-day life? Or: are most days of your (work)week a bit boring and do you tend to live on autopilot to make it through to Friday night? That happens to me every so often, especially when my calendar is filled to the brim with appointments and when it’s very (I mean very!) busy at work. Then it feels like my life just passes by, instead of me trying to enjoy life. And I don’t like that feeling. Do you? In todays article you can read 10 tips to prevent that from happening and to have some more well deserverd R&R in your life.
- Prepare some delicious food for yourself for an ordinary work day. If you prepare your favourite lunch dish a day in advance, you have something to look forward to at the office. Sunday afternoon is great for mealprepping: just choose simple and tasty things like a salad and a little sweet or hearthy (and healthy) treat. Or prepare a dinner dish for the next evening so when you come home after a busy day at work the only thing you need to do is bake the dish in the oven.
- Make sure to have a break at work at least once a day. Go outside and take deep breaths of fresh air, even when it’s raining. Just breathe in and enjoy the sun and/or the feeling of wind and rain on your face. I think I might start with this tip this week 😉
- Did you have a very busy day and are you feeling a bit stressed out? Make sure to have some free time in the evening for relaxing. Find out what relaxes you most. Is it a movie or maybe a book? Go and see that one movie you’ve been wanting to see, or grab a novel that excites you.
- Treat yourself to a delicious meal in your favourite restaurant, or, if you like cooking: prepare your favourite dish.
- Do you have a full calendar in the weeks or even months to come? Make sure to leave a few days/ weekends or even weeks blank. Because free time is a luxury and you are worth it!
- Taking care of yourself also means staying in shape, mentally and physically. Try something new every couple of months: book a free lesson of a sport you haven’t tried before. Or attend a workshop. A little warning: you might get hooked on this new activity. That’s what happened to me after trying boxing lessons at Pink Boxing (ladies boxing and bootcamp) ;-).
- Do you like chocolate, cake and other things that contain a lot of sugar and fat? Taking good care of ourselves also means living healthy, right? Here’s a challenge: try to quit cake, cookies, candy, chocolate and other unhealthy sugars and fats for just one week. See how that makes you feel mentally and physically. Maybe you’ll want to keep this up, who knows?
- Say goodbye to something (or someone) that costs you a lot of energy. This can be anything. For example a piece of furniture in your home that has been in your way for ages, or an acquantaince who mostly works on your nerves. It can save you a lot of energy to just let go.
- Don’t set your alarm clock. Just choose one day a week to let your body and mind rest and leave waking up to your internal alarm clock. So put your phone in silent mode and switch of your alarm clock.
- Which one of your daily habits do you think takes up a lot of your time without you realizing it? The TV or maybe your mobile phone? Choose 1 and turn it of for at least one night a week. For an even bigger challenge: turn of both your phone and TV/computer.
What do you do to live a more relaxed life? We would love to hear your tips!