For the past few years, I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am now. In the early days of freelancing, I would often work double-shifts – with my full-time job during the day, then writing work in the evening. Of course, I’m not suggesting that working sixteen hours in a day is good for you. Quite the opposite, in fact. If you overdo it, you’ll soon end up stressed, and that isn’t good for your work, not to mention your health.
It’s all too easy to concentrate too much on work, especially when you are pushing towards your goals, that you often miss the first signs of stress. Having some “me” time is as equally important as hard work as it allows your body to unwind and your brain to recharge, which can actually boost your productivity in the long run.
These are a few suggestions of my favourite ways to unwind. Feel free to adapt these ideas to suit, and find whatever feels best for you.
1. Pamper yourself
Get all your favourite products out, run a hot bath, give yourself a mini facial, or a hair conditioning treatment. Book in for a massage, manicure or spray-tan, or go to the salon for a new hairstyle. Do whatever makes you feel good.
2. Go for a long walk
I’m lucky as I have lots of fields and countryside right on my doorstep, and there’s no better way of clearing your head than going for a long walk outside. Even if you live in the city there are parks and public spaces to explore.
3. Bake something special
During the week, it’s usually convenient to make something quick and easy, but at the weekend why not take the time to make something extra special from scratch? Put the radio or Spotify on, and just take your time in the kitchen. Why not try a fancy cake or a delicious savoury pie?
4. Watch a favourite movie
Get comfortable in your pyjamas or a onesie, and look out all your favourite DVDs. Personally I love the old classics such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or otherwise anything that has Kiefer Sutherland in it! Make sure you have wine and snacks handy.
5. Make a playlist
Making a Spotify playlist is much the same as making a mix-tape like when you were a kid, except there is no awkward pausing or rewinding. Choose your favourite feel-good songs, turn up the volume, and dance around the living room. Just make sure the curtains are closed first!
6. Read a good book
There really is nothing better.
These are just some of the things I do to relax and unwind. How do you spend your “Me” time? Let me know in the comments below…