It’s finally the weekend or the end of a busy day. Finally! But for whatever reason your anything like me, you struggle with leaving work at work or getting your brain to turn off at night when you want to sleep.
A friend of mine sent me this meme not too long ago, and this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Seriously though! Why do our brains not turn off when we want them to?
In today’s “thinks” I want to share with you 5 things that have helped me turn my brain off when I want to de-stress.
Do Nothing For 1 Min
No I’m serious, do nothing. When I say do nothing, I also mean to practice taking deep breaths. Set a timer on your phone for one minute. Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Don’t think about anything. If you start to sway away with thoughts that start invading your mind, think about the breaths that you are taking and only that. Do this for one minute every day. It’s amazing what one minute can do for you.
Enjoy a Cup of Tea
There’s something calming about drinking a cup of tea that is made just right. My favorites are Mint tea, Camomile tea, and Earl Grey tea made the english way. I had a real cup of English tea when I was in London a few years ago, and I have loved making it ever since. Sit in a comfortable chair, look out a window, and relax with your tea.
Listen to Rain Sounds
This is amazing for when I want to relax or fall asleep. There are so many free apps available now to listen to nature sounds. I use an app called “Rain Rain”. It also has an ocean wave feature along with a bunch of other nature sounds. Play the sounds and close your eyes for a few minutes, complete bliss!
Enjoy a Foot Spa
Taking a bath can be relaxing, but it can also add up on the water bill. Also if you live in an old apartment like I do, the water is already cold by the time the tub is filled half way. If you don’t have a foot spa, you can buy a cheap mop bucket and throw in a bath bomb or lavender. Ah~!
Use the Headspace App
I use Headspace when I want to meditate and train my brain to focus. There are various settings on this app that you can use to stay calm, sleep, focus, etc. I’m sure there are other apps like this out there as well. So find one that works best for you.
Thanks for reading this weeks “thinks”! I hope you are able to try some of these out and relax. I hope that you all have an amazing weekend! See you next week!