I’ve gone through this same feeling and I’m telling you, there’s a way to beat it. First thing’s first: turn off social media. Turn off your push notifications. No more comment notifications, messenger pop-ups, twitter dings. Make it all go away for a predetermined amount of time. If you have an iPhone, Screen Time is a great way to lock yourself out of certain apps at a time or duration you set.
Turn off your e-mail notifications! Are you serious about taking some time for yourself? Turn off those notifications. Target’s coupons can wait. I promise.
Have you heard of site-blockers? There are browser extensions that lock you out of websites that stress you out. They function similarly to Screen Time. Finally, you can use your computer to unwind without social media addictions getting in the way.
Listen To Soothing Music
Music is a proven stress reliever. In one study, 6 people were put through a psychological stress test. The ones exposed to soothing music returned to their baseline faster than the others. I’d say that’s a win!
Music also reduces our perception of pain. There is a very limited perception of this, but it’s proven in many scientific studies.
Take A Bath
Simple, right? Something you do regularly can be tweaked to significantly reduce your stress levels. Try taking an oatmeal bath! Or maybe milk and honey (I’ll be doing that tonight!).
Don’t forget the health benefits! That’s right, according to Pentucket Medical there are 10 proven benefits of taking a bath. From heart health benefits to your body temperature being optimal regardless of temperature!
Use An Essential Oil Diffuser
I swear, I’m almost done. But hear me out: essential oils. I know they’re overplayed lately, but they do have proven benefits. And they smell great! For stress relief try a few drops of Lavender, Lemon, or Orange.
So go ahead, unplug! It’s time to put your phone down. I look forward to the time I get to shut off those notifications, take off my watch, and walk away. You might not have the energy for all these steps, and that’s okay. Take one at a time. Add them to your routine. It’ll be worth it in the long run, I promise. Are you ready? It’s time to melt away the stresses of your workday. Go put on some relaxing music. Take a bath. Check out that diffuser your coworker gave you for Christmas. Unplug. Breathe. Relax.
What are your favorite ways to relax? Let me know in the comments below!