If you are a person that naturally enjoys vegging out on the couch all afternoon with zero guilt, you can just navigate right away from this point. This information is strictly for my “I just cannot relax well” soul sisters.
You close your laptop. Maybe someone took your kids for the day, or you already completed all of the tasks you needed to complete around the house. You take a deep breath, and plop your butt down on the couch. And then it hits you. You suck at relaxing. Isn’t it supposed to be natural and fun?
Someone once asked me what my least favorite thing to do was, and I responded “relax”. Obviously, like any normal person, they responded “excuse me, what?”. Maybe it is a love of being productive and having fun, maybe it is ADHD, that is a conversation for another day.
Learning how to CHILL TF OUT is a work in progress for me. One that I know that I absolutely have to do, and you should too.
A few things that I have learned, or use to help me relax:
1, Put self care and relaxation on your “to-do list”. Make it a goal. Then when you cross it off of your life, you can feel accomplished. Basically trick yourself into watching TV. Pathetic, I know.
2. Stock up on your favorite relaxing items, and have them ready to go when the mood strikes. A few of my tried and true:
Lighting an all natural candle or two, and turning down the lights is my relaxation jam. Something about the combination of smells just allows me to take a deep breath and relax. Knowing that I am not inhaling toxic chemicals helps too. Cough, chain stores, cough.
You can also grab our FORCED RELAXATION collab candle with Lit here!
After having the CEO of Plain Jane on the Podcast last year, I became hooked on their CBD products to help me chill out. CBD can activate serotonin receptors which helps to alleviate stress and anxiety. HOLLA.
Finally, a furry blanket and slippers are a MUST. What is more relaxing that snuggling on the couch with the items above?!
3. Moving your body. I admittedly have not been as good at this as I should be recently. Some people move for physical reasons, my primary reason is my mental health. After I work out, I have a much easier time relaxing.
4. Realize that you are not broken because relaxing is not always your jam, however, it is necessary. You HAVE to recharge your battery before you can do your best work.
Caitlin Thomas is the Founder of Beyond Boss, a professional photographer, and a mama of two. She is passionate about helping other women make more time for living and enjoying life, without sacrificing their dreams and ambitions.