As you probably know, this summer is really busy for me. Managing a store is no simple task, and has taken over my life. Between being at the store or running errands, I've worn my self pretty thin. Here are ways to relax that can easily be squeezed into a busy schedule.
1. Driving/Walking/Biking. I drive to and from work, but I know some people may take a bus, train, walk, or bike. I try to make it a relaxing time for myself. Listen to some easy going music -enya anyone?- and take my time. If you leave yourself just enough time to get to school/work, you're going to stress out. Traffic happens. Embrace it. Leave 5 minutes earlier than you need to, and take the time for yourself.
2. Take at least one hour on your day off to do absolutely nothing. I mean it. No errands, no planning, don't even watch Netflix. I usually will go to the beach and just sit there for an hour. If it's nice out, sit outside, go for a walk, do something that you don't really have to think about. In the winter it's also nice to just curl up in a blanket and flip through a magazine. Your brain needs time to unwind.
3. Make the most of your lunch break. Whether it's 15 minutes or an hour, make it count. Sometimes I'll just take a mini walk. Sometimes I find that I continue to work during my lunch break, or I eat as quickly as I can. Slow down!
4. Fill your home with a relaxing scent. Lavender is always my go-to, but anything that makes you feel at ease will work! Spray it around your house (or burn a candle) so when you walk in, you can start to unwind even if you still have things to do.
5. Stop doing the unnecessary. This one is hard for me. There are things that we don't have to do, we just feel like we need to. Sometimes they are things that someone else want's us to do, and we do them to be polite. Stop. You already have a busy schedule and life, don't load yourself up with more things. Instead of dreading doing whatever it is you were going to do, it will be one less thing you have to do.
How do you relax? Let me know! I'm always looking for new ways.