We all know unwinding is good for us. After all, think how wonderful it feels to relax after a long and difficult day!
There’s no better way to shed stress or ease worry. Unfortunately, though, sometimes unwinding is easier said than done.
If you’re having a tough time unwinding, it's time for intentionality in your next actions. Let's look at some of the barriers to letting go and what you can do about them.
Current Events Have You Down
The problem with being plugged in every second of the day is we become very aware of what's going on in the world. It can lead to a lot of worry and stress about things happening worldwide, to where it seems impossible to relax at the end of the day.
The fix? Limit your media exposure. For example, make a point not to watch the news before bed or allow yourself only a certain amount of time following the news every day.
You Feel Like There’s Too Much to Do
The problem with being busy is it’s always possible to get busier. While this can be great news for your business, it can wreak havoc on your ability to end the day and unwind.
The fix? Create a schedule where you quit all extra activities for the day at a certain time. If anything is unfinished, jot it down on tomorrow's To-Do list and let it go so you can unwind properly.
You Don’t Have Time to Unwind
This can be a difficult one, especially if you’re used to scheduling your day to be busy. The problem? You’re leading yourself straight to burnout.
The fix? It’s pretty simple. Start scheduling time to unwind every day. Be strict with yourself about using it.
You Don’t Think You Deserve Time Off
Unfortunately, we were taught that we needed to be productive every minute of the day from the time we were children. It leads to many complicated feelings about taking time off, even to unwind at the end of the day.
The fix? A reality check can do wonders here. Unwinding is a crucial part of being productive. Without rest, you can't possibly do more later.
Want to go one better?
Spend some time rewiring your brain to accept one very simple truth:
YOU DESERVE TIME TO YOURSELF.
We all do—end of story.