We all need to relax and unwind once in a while. But how? I tend to find myself so busy that when I finally have some time to destress, I don’t know what to do or where to start. Thus, this masterpost was born.
(Please note: this is focused on things that don’t require active technology use, as I find myself reaching for my phone/laptop way too often. I figured maybe you guys had some of the same problems!)
Apps to Help:
Forest:You plant a virtual tree that will grow for the amount of time you set! If you leave the app, the tree dies. Motivating, but not my FAVORITE since sometimes I like to be able to look at study-related things on my phone. However, if you find yourself addicted to your phone, this could help. Cost: $1.99
Focus Keeper:Utilizing the pomodoro method, this app is really useful. You can customize the amount of time your normal “chunk” is, and change the break times to what best works for you. The app description has a great, concise explanation of the pomodoro method (without actually saying “pomodoro method”). With a simple interface and incredibly useful features, I highly recommend this app. Cost: Free, but you can upgrade for $1.99.
Clear:This is a list app that I’ve really grown attached to. You can have multiple lists, change the theme, set reminders, and all the navigation is incredibly simple (yet fun!). I don’t think I could live without it at this point. In my opinion, once I know everything that I need to do, I can determine how much time I can use to relax. Cost: Free, but you can upgrade for $4.99.
DRINK. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated no matter what. My drink of choice is always water (having a cute water bottle can help motivate you to drink more!), but if tea is your thing, look up teas that can help you relax and try to have some of that. Avoid coffee and sugary drinks! These will only make you more jittery.
Make use of some essential oils! I’ve recently discovered how awesome essential oils are. They can be really expensive depending on the brand/type, though, so I just tend to get lavender and peppermint (have much better prices than the others). Peppermint helps me wake up in the morning and keep me awake throughout the day, and lavender helps me relax and go to bed at night. (Lately, I’ve been considering getting a third oil to only use when I’m studying. It would help tell my brain that it’s time to study.)
Lay down and take a nap. Seriously. Lay down in a soft blanket, set a timer for 15 minutes, and take a nap. You deserve it.
Listen to relaxing music. Use an app such as 8tracks or Spotify to look up calming playlists. You don’t want to be listening to hyper music while trying to relax, it sends your brain mixed messages.
Get comfy. You’re not going to be able to relax if you can’t stop thinking about the position you’re in! Move some pillows around or go to a more comfortable place so you can start to focus on settling down your thoughts.
Try some progressive muscle relaxation. This always makes me feel really relaxed! I find it weird to listen to a recording so I follow this script.
Get some natural light. Open your blinds, you weren’t made to live in the dark all the time. Even if it’s cloudy or raining, some sunlight will be working its way through the clouds. Getting this light will stimulate your body’s vitamin D production.
Get one task done. Just one. It can be washing a few dishes, putting a few plates into the dishwasher, making your bed, etc. Write it down, check it off, and tell yourself to relax. It was that easy to work on your to-do list. You’ll be able to work on it more later.
Draw! Doodling is fun, easy, and relaxing, and there’s no pressure to be perfect. Just doodle a few things! As many types of flowers as you can? Different kinds of leaves? The moon and stars? Planets? Pens and pencils? Doodle galore! Remember, there’s no pressure to be perfect.
Have a quick snack. Or a meal, if it’s that time. Your body won’t be feeling that great if you’re hungry. Make sure to take care of it. You don’t want to be eating junk food, though. Potato chips aren’t going to help you feel better, and neither are cheetos. Try an apple, or some carrots, or strawberries. Eat something yummy, but nourishing.
Read a book. See that big to-read pile you’ve been meaning to start on since forever? Do it. Pick a book and start reading. You’ll get immersed in the adventure and wonder why you kept putting off reading it.
Get dressed. It’s tempting to keep your pajamas on, but don’t do it. It will make you feel like you’re staying home sick, and it’ll just make your body feel incredibly tired. Change into some comfy clothes instead, like a big sweatshirt and well-worn jeans. (Don’t forget the fuzzy socks!)
Go outside. Remember what the light does? It makes your body start producing vitamin D, which is good for you, and being outside makes you feel better. If you can, go for a quick walk in the trees. (Completely disregard this if the weather is bad, though. Getting cold and soaked won’t improve your mood!
Water your plants! This isn’t as much of a relaxing thing to do as it is a reminder to not kill your plant friends, as I keep accidentally doing. (And I have plants that only need to be watered once a week…)
On that note, I’m going to go water my neglected plants. Whoops! ♥ Theo