Normality can be overwhelming. It can almost feel suffocating at times. Especially when your daily routine has become mundane. Some would think that would cause one to feel underwhelmed rather than overwhelmed, but for me, in my case, the constant repetition of my daily tasks has started to overwhelm me with anxiety.
I often find myself daydreaming of sleeping in and doing absolutely nothing with my time. I envision myself laying on the couch watching mind-numbing television while eating a slice of pizza, and playing with my dog. I know, I know you’re thinking we all crave this. Who doesn’t want to sleep in? Who doesn’t want to give the proper time and attention to their pets? But that’s the thing, so many of us want to but don’t have the actual time to do so. We don’t have the time to unwind, relax, distress, regroup, or just chill.
Whether you’re a Stay-At-Home Mom, work two jobs, work one really hectic job, or are a full-time student I’m sure you can agree with me that it’s nearly impossible to find or make time for yourself. I have found it to be so important to my physical and mental health to just take a measly 5-10 minutes every day to zone out, to escape. Over the years, I’ve come up with a few low-key escape routes that recharge my mind and refresh my mood. I’ve listed them below in hopes that they may help get you through a stressful day, week, month, or life.
- Music, to me, represents everything beautiful in life. There is a genre of music for every emotion you have. When I’m anxious or stressed about my workload or the fact that I haven’t had a day off in 3 weeks, I immerse myself in music. Depending on your mood for that day, play some music that makes you feel something. At one of my jobs, I do this a lot. I step outside and close my eyes and play something that will momentarily take my mind somewhere else. Whether it means listening to relaxing reggae, heavy metal rock to get me pumped and recharged, or some Mumford and Sons to keep me humble and present. Just being able to let my mind wander for 5 minutes makes the world of difference.
- Researchers say that a 10-20-minute power nap is a great, quick recharge for the body. It gives you an energy boost and improves your alertness. This nap will limit you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, which means it’s easier for you to wake up feeling refreshed. Sometimes all you need is that extra 10 minutes of rest to turn your day around for the better. Whenever I find myself feeling overly exhausted, I spend 15 minutes in my car during my lunch break and I take a quick power nap. It really does make all the difference. I feel happier, well rested, and even friendlier.
- If you have a job that requires you to be inside all day, go outside during your lunch break and take a walk or sit on a bench. Breathe in the natural air and let the wind brush against your face. Allow the warmth of the sun to revitalize you. I find going outside and taking in any kind of scenic beauty helps me stay grounded and focused on the present rather than feeling negative about the past or future.
- My last resort, when my stress level is at it’s highest, is to watch stupid, mind-numbing television. Something about forcing yourself to laugh when you want to cry really strengthens my spirit. On my worst days, whipping my phone out and watching an episode of Bob’s Burgers during my lunch break, is my savior. Find something that makes you giggle and forget about your stress.
Published by Kayla Conn
Edited by Brittany Priore