Today, I wanted to talk about the importance of rest and unwinding. Before I get to that, let’s back track to last Weekend. If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you saw highlights of my entire weekend. From the White dinner (check Instagram) to the concert and of course the private showing of the new Hillberg & Berk’s fall collection. In between all of that I had to catch up with old friends, work, plus add in the fun parts of blogging – emails, emails, emails and more emails…you get the idea. To say it all kicked my butt would be an understatement.
With that said, I like to give my full attention while attending all of these events. This means putting myself out there and starting conversations with a lot of different people. Getting the opportunity to meet and learn from others is ALWAYS fulfilling to me. However, I am an “Ambivert” (Somewhere between an introvert and extrovert) so after a weekend filled with socializing I find myself needing a lot of rest to get back track.
I have a lot of different ways in how I rest and unwind but these 4 have always been key.
Sleep– I know, I know we’ve heard this one before but there is a reason why….it works. Not getting enough sleep will affect your mood and your overall wellbeing. The older I get the more I noticed if my terrible mood is due to a lack of sleep. I try to make sure I get my 8 hours in. To help me do this, I use the clock on my iPhone. It goes off at 11:00pm waking me up at 7:00am.
Meditate (visualization)– I always say meditate but I visualize which is a form of meditation for me. This has always been my go-to. I used to tell my sisters to never talk to me before 10am so I am able to fully commit myself to being silent (all jokes…. but not really). Every morning I visualize my entire day. What I want to accomplish, what I hope to accomplish, appointments, meetings, work, school, whatever it is I try to visualize myself doing it. This relaxes me and helps me start my day on the right track.
Bath– I don’t think anyone has ever been unhappy after a bath. There is something so relaxing about those few moments in your bath with a book (or wine) to just unwind. To add to this, I use essential oils after my bath. It’s so relaxing and helps me sleep right away.
Switch off electronics– We’re on our phones daily! we don’t really take a moment to realize how important it is to live in the moment. Now a days living in the moment means pulling your phones out to take videos or pictures (guilty!). I love social media but we need a balance and unplugging for a few hours does wonders for your wellbeing.