It’s often difficult to allow yourself time to relax, especially if you’re a parent. There’s always so much to do, and so little time to do it in. You’ll often have a list as long as your arm of all the stuff that should have been done last week, and an even longer list of stuff that needs doing before tomorrow.
With so much going on, who really has time to unwind?!
This is where the problem lies. This is where we get burned out, and unable to complete that long list of chores and errands, and whatever else you keep on your to-do list.
If you relax, you’re likely to get more done.
It’s true. There are so many benefits to relaxation, with one of the big ones being motivation. Let’s start at the beginning though, with stress levels.
Relaxation is one of the easiest ways to improve your mood. We all get tetchy and irritable when we are stressed, and stress can lead to illness and lack of sleep too. The simplest thing to do is allow ourselves time to relax. Even if we have a genuinely busy day ahead of important tasks that need completely, just a simple act of taking a breather to enjoy a fresh cup of tea or coffee can help you to relax. Some people have games on their phones for this reason, and others might carry a book around with them. Find ways that help you to relax during a particularly busy day, and carry something around to help you.
When you are less stressed, you will find it a lot easier to sleep. Stress can keep us awake at night, and can often lead to insomnia. Make time to relax before going to bed, whether it’s by watching a film, having a bath, or just sitting with a glass of wine and a good book. Let yourself unwind from the day, and you will sleep so much better. Not only are you less likely to have broken sleep, you are also more likely to sleep deeper and wake up far more refreshed the next day. Therefore in a better frame of mind to handle the things that stressed you out the day before!
If you know you are going to give yourself some time off from all the hustle and bustle, then you will feel more motivated. For example: you get home from work one evening and remember the long list of housework that needs doing. You know you’ll be doing it until you finally collapse into bed from exhaustion, and you know there will still be items left on the agenda to add to the already long list for tomorrow. How do you feel? Pretty pants I bet. Now imagine you get home to face that same list, but know that you will stop halfway to watch your favourite TV show, or have a natter on the phone to a friend. Already it’s looking like a more positive evening, and already you can feel the motivation rising.
Now imagine you give yourself this time every day. You don’t have to collapse from exhaustion at the end of the day. You get time to unwind and do something you actually want to do. I bet you find that you’re now more motivated to get things done when you get home. You’ll also be much more refreshed after your better sleep, and feel less rundown…because not giving yourself time to relax can actually lead to illness and reduced memory. Your body and mind simple won’t have the energy to carry out its normal tasks.
So next time you thing you don’t have time to relax, think again. Taking time out to relax could actually help you to get more done in the long run. It will also make you a happier person, and go a long way to improve and build on your relationships!