How do you relax?

It is almost my favorite time of the year (Halloween, of course), and I’m excited to binge all my favorite horror movies, eat all of the candy corn, and drink pumpkin spice lattes (don’t judge me). What I also love about this time of year is the chance to relax. Summer is over, so I don’t have yard work to do daily. It’s not the end of the year yet, so I’m not swamped with work. I’m not tired of the dark rainy winter yet, I’m excited to sit by the fire and read a book.

Orange and white halloween pumpkins

It seems like it’s getting harder and harder for people to take time for themselves and do something they enjoy. Between work, family, friends, and all of the chaos happening in the world, people have a hard time making room in their heads for what they enjoy. I recently went to a conference, and one presenter talked all about the importance of silence. I don’t remember the specific numbers, but basically you can lengthen your life with as little as 10 minutes of silence a day. That means no TV, no social media, not even any music. While that may seem way out of your comfort zone, or unrealistic, I think you can at least try to get 10 minutes a day doing something for yourself.

So what do I suggest? Well, here are a few things that I do:
1. Take a walk. I feel like this is a really common suggestion, but there’s a reason for that. I’m amazed at how much I can clear my head and how many new ideas I come up with while walking. Even just walking the mile or so to the mailbox can make a huge difference in my attitude and production levels
2. Listen to podcasts, audiobooks, or other sources of audio learning. Over the last couple of years, I have entirely gone down the rabbit hole of podcasts. I listen to business advice, true crime, bad movie reviews, and so much more. I can always find a podcast for my mood. When I’m frustrated or annoyed, I listen to funny ones. Or, if I’m feeling motivated and awake, I listen to educational ones.
3. Read a book. I love to read, and just like podcasts, I can always find something to fit my mood. I have a stack of serious mysteries, funny mysteries, business, and non-fiction. I have no problem finding a book to read, and it is a great way to wind down at the end of the day instead of scrolling social media.
4. Watch movies. I love all things horror, which is most likely the reason I love Halloween so much.  It’s a great way to escape whatever is going on in my life or in the world.  I also love the creativity and imagination of horror movies, giving me something to focus on and enjoy.
5. Listen to music.  Music has always been a huge part of my life and is a great way for me to adjust my mood.  If I’m feeling anxious or overworked, I have relaxing playlists that will help to calm my nerves.  If I’m feeling tired and unmotivated, I have lots of music that spans the decades to help get me going!

I know that I am an introvert so all of my relaxing involves time alone or with a few select people.  My ways to relax may sound horrible to you, but the point is, find something that relaxes you.  See if you can make a list of 4 or 5 things that really make you happy, relaxed, or energized and try to do at least one per day.  Trust me, it will make a huge difference in your life!