Let’s face it. There is a lot of pressure on us to be productive. Time is wasted time unless you are creating, making money or working towards a goal. The act of relaxation is very rarely given to us as an option of how to spend our day. We can only relax after we have produced.
Don’t get me wrong. I thrive off productivity. I make lists and plans and try to accomplish as much as I can in a given day. But every once and awhile, I stop. I don’t want to write anymore or plan or work. I just want to be and not feel guilty about it just being.
There are moments when that is just my lazy side talking and I push through. But sometimes, I feel like I’m in a kind of funk, one I can’t seem to find my way out of. In those moments, I know I need to take a moment for myself.
We are not machines. Our bodies and our minds need time to recuperate if they are going to allow us to produce anything worthwhile. IT’S OKAY TO RELAX.
Here are a few of the things I do when I know I need a break in order to continue creating:
1. Drink Tea
Yes, this is my solution to most things. But I just love tea! I love the act of filling the teapot, waiting for it to sing, dunking the tea bag into my steaming mug and breathing in the warm herbal flavors. It has become my ultimate ritual for comfort and continues to revive or relax me.
2. Take a Hot Shower or Bath
I miss living with my mom and having a giant tub to sink into after a bad day. But, lately, I have been making due with a hot shower. I actually came up with the idea for this post while in the shower after an afternoon of sluggish writing. I’m telling you, this works.
Water is rejuvenating. Let it wash over. Take your time and feel the water on your skin. Let it warm you and wash away negativity and thoughts of failure. Let it warm you to your core.
3. Make a Face or Hair Mask
After I am refreshed from my shower, I like to continue this level of relaxation and cleanliness by applying a face or hair mask. Since both of these require time, they aren’t something I do every day. This little act of pampering helps me settle deeper into relaxing mode so my mind and body can rest before returning to my task.
My sister got me this mask for Christmas by Lush and I absolutely love it. Made with all natural ingredients like peppermint oil, evening primrose seed, and honey (yes, not completely vegan, unfortunately), this mask both exfoliates and calms the skin. I highly recommend!
4. Get Some Fresh Air
Go for a walk. Get out of your house or the place you work. Breath in deeply. This doesn’t seize to revitalize me when I’m in a creative slump. We humans do not get as much time in nature as we were intended to. Make sure you are taking a moment each day to notice your surroundings. Whether it’s the grass growing in your front lawn before you get into your car, the feel of the breeze on your face as you walk into the office, or the warmth of the sun on your skin during your lunch break. Take time to acknowledge these moments and call them to mind when you can’t get outside. Nature is meant to nourish our souls.
5. Move Your Body
So many of us have desk jobs or use the computer to create. We sit a lot of the time. Moving my body is a surefire way to loosen the tension in my back and get the blood flowing to my brain. If I am working at home, a lot of times I will do lunches and squats around the apartment, or push ups on the carpet. Keep in touch with your body and listen to what it needs.
6. Listen to Music
I don’t really need to explain this in detail. But blasting a good song or two is one of my favorite ways to get out of my head and live in the moment. Music is such a gift. Its energy is infectious and a creation of its own. It is an inspiration to keep you creating.
Let me know what tips work for you in the comments! Like and share if you enjoyed this post 🙂