I don’t know about you, but if you’re like me, you work pretty much without ceasing until the point where you’re darn near burned out. I’ve gotten to the point where if I’m NOT working, I’m not having a good time. I even feel guilty when relaxing!
While I sometimes think this workaholic attitude keeps me working hard and helps me keep my eyes open for new business opportunities wherever I go, it’s actually not such a hot mentality to have. After all, we ARE human beings, and we have an inherent need for rest and relaxation once in a while.
But… I’ve found that just telling myself to relax (or having countless other people give me the hint that I need to) doesn’t really do the trick. I can flip on the TV and all of sudden remember an email I forgot to send or think of an idea I should immediately implement on my blog. Well, believe it or not, some things can wait. You need to chill out!
Beginner “Chill Out” Techniques
The ways you pick to relax, as well as the time of day you pick to perform those things, makes all the difference in the world if you really want it to be productive. Plus, using some of these techniques, you can use your relaxation time to improve your productivity time when you’re working. So tell THAT to your brain when it’s prompting you to get up out of that chair and head back to your computer for work!
Watch a TV show online. I’m not a big fan of commercials, because they’re not only repetitive, but also time-consuming. Online commercials are a LOT shorter than TV commercials, I’ve noticed. Since you’ll be watching from your computer chair, you might trick your brain into thinking you’re working when you’re actually chilling. Score!
Pick up a new novel at the bookstore. It’s been forever since I’ve actually sat down and read a paperback book. So I went to Barnes and Noble and bought one for $8. Could I have gotten it online? Sure. Could I have purchased it and read it on my Kindle for less? Of course. But there’s something therapeutic about going to the bookstore (or library) and picking up a physical book, then coming home and reading it. If you haven’t done it in a while, you won’t know what I’m talking about until you do it. Plus, it’s an excuse to get out of the house!
Give yourself some pampering “me” time. This might sound foreign to some of you fellas out there, but for women, this is easy! Things like painting your nails, taking a long soak in a hot bath or shower, making a homemade facial mask and giving your facial skin a pick-me-up… all of these things help take your mind off your work and help you therapeutically relax. Trust me – you’ll need it eventually! These are just a few small ways to do it inexpensively and at home, too.