Sometimes, we all need a break. If you’ve been feeling like you need a day to recharge your batteries, have been craving a movie day or want to sleep in, we’ve compiled some stress-free tips to unwind, relax and re-prioritize your schedule for some “me-time.” We’ve also included some easy grilling recipes for a rewarding dinner!
Life can be hectic. It’s hard not to be pulled in so many different directions — late night work deadlines, school meetings and what to make for dinner — that finding time for yourself is often last on the list.
While it’s difficult to prioritize reading a book over the other priorities in your day-to-day life, taking a little time to do something you really enjoy not only lowers your stress, but can leave you refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take on your “to-do” list.
It’s can be challenging to find 15 to 30 minutes of uninterrupted, relaxing time, but by utilizing these nine easy tips you can start putting yourself first today.
Remember: When you make time for you, everything— and everyone — in your life benefits!
Give a loved one a big hug
Physical contact is a powerful stress reliever. Go ahead and hug it out.
Dance it out
Abandon all inhibitions and let loose. Dancing will not only improve your heart and lung health while building muscle, it maintains your fitness and improves balance, flexibility and agility.
Practice saying ‘no’ so you don’t overbook yourself. You can do anything, but not everything.
Take a time out
Take a few deep breaths, a quick catnap, stretch your muscles, meditate, or go for a quick 10-minute walk. Even a short break in your day can leave you surprisingly refreshed, increase your energy levels and improve productivity (and maybe even provide some additional “me time.”).
Do a small project or craft
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment. Even if you aren’t the traditional “crafty” type (note to self: stay away from the glue gun), working on a creative activity can help reduce stress, boost happiness levels and may protect against aging.
Hang out with your BFF
Research has shown that people who have social and long-lasting friendships live longer and enjoy better health and quality of life.
Listen to your heart
Remind yourself who you are by taking a moment to reflect on what’s most important in your life. Ask yourself, “What are my needs and desires, and what does my heart say?”
Get a massage
Tension just melts away under the touch of experienced fingers. A talented amateur, such as a friend for whom you perform the same or an equivalent favor, can do almost as well.
Unwind before bedtime
Stretch to get the kinks out, then read, listen to music or some other relaxing activity. These activities will help you sleep better, and having adequate sleep is a great stress reliever.