How you spend your downtime is vicariously just as important to accomplishing all your jobs and errands as working directly on them. You can’t operate at capacity if you’re not finding time to unwind and replenish properly; excuse the poor analogy but you can’t expect a car to drive long distances without you making stops to fill it with more petrol.
The simplest and most obvious one I think, but often overlooked to great detriment. Light exercise can consist of something as achievable and relaxed as a long walk- and if not a scenic recreational walk, perhaps in place of a morning commute. A lot of people won’t realize that if they’re not tiring out their bodies then their sleep isn’t the best quality it could be, and that’ll cause untold amount of stress too! If walks aren’t for you then yoga is a well renowned stress-annihilator, for its gentle exercise and even more so for its heavy focus on meditation.
If your bath is like mine then it’s filled with clothes and talcum powder most of the time, in between my bi-monthly baths. But even finding a day a week to sink into the tub, with some candles around, and either a nice book or a bit of relaxing music, will have you noticeably less tightly wound in no time.
I’m not talking about going out to a spa for a professional rub-down (although there really is no parallel for that if you do find time), I simply advocate getting your partner or a truly good friend to crack out the grapeseed oil and knead out those knots of tension from your poor shoulders every once in a while. To be honest even administering a massage alleviates stress itself, so maybe you can take it in turns, everyone’s a winner!
If you can identify specific causes of stress in your life, like smoking or anger issues, then professional hypnotherapy could be the route for you. Expert hypnosis can not only aid in getting rid of behaviours you’d be better off without, but can change your outlook on worrisome situations, and even just deal directly with removing feelings of stress. And with some of the better clinics now starting to offer webcam therapy sessions, it’s a no-brainer.
You can’t have failed to notice that the right music has a massive impact on your mood but, even knowing that, some people still don’t find a moment to just kick back and listen to their favourite album. Have a sing along, have a dance, you’ll be amazed just how cathartic it can be.
How do you expect to relax when you’re constantly the victim of a barrage of bleeps and buzzes? Instantly accessible by everyone, anytime. Don’t you remember a time before mobile phones? Before the internet? It was okay right? Nobody mithering you. Whichever of the preceding 5 you choose to combat your stress with, their effectivity is going to increase tenfold if you just fall off the radar for a couple of hours. Phone on silent (or off altogether), no tablet or device, computer or laptop, don’t even turn on the TV. Serene silence. Heaven.