Downtime: 5 practical ways to relax, unwind and clear your mind

Wellness is a buzzword that is everywhere these days. The more fast-paced that life and our world is becoming, the more important it is that we take the time to take care of our body and minds. We deserve to give ourselves the permission to include some downtime into our schedules. Downtime doesn’t need to mean having an entire lazy day but can be even a little bit of time every day. I think everyone can benefit from this, especially those who lead very busy and hectic lives.

5 things you can do to relax and recharge :

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Watch a good movie :

After days of running around and having constant mental stimulation, a movie is a great way to let yourself escape your reality and unwind. There’s nothing more distracting than a beautiful film: for example, in the “drama movies” section of the new streaming platform Chili, there are loads of titles to choose from for excellent escapism. A few suggestions? “The Shape of Water”, “La La Land” or the adorable “Wonder”.

Beauty time :

Another way to relax is to set some time aside for self-care. Doing a face mask, taking a long hot bath, adding terpene flavors to oils and creams and getting a manicure are all things that we tend to bypass on an everyday basis but always make us feel good and more confident. You can turn on your favourite music, diffuse some essential oils, and just focus on you.


Workout or go for a walk :

Exercise can way too easily be one of the first things that go on the back burner when days get crazy. But it’s probably the first thing that I should do when I need to just relax. Some days, this can mean getting in a workout class or going for a run. But especially for crazy days or for beginners, even just getting outside for a 20-minute walk or yoga/stretching session can lead to greater well-being. To help encourage you to get out, get moving and release those endorphins, you can grab a workout buddy or download an app to set reminders, follow workout programs and track your progress.

Read a good book :

There is nothing that compares to getting lost in a good book. Yet, I can go months on end without picking up a book, let alone reading it cover to cover. Curl up on the sofa hot chocolate in hand and really let yourself get lost in a good book. Sometimes, I just need to turn off the technology and finally pick up that book. Reading is a powerful tool for relaxing the mind while letting your imagination wander and stress slip away with a good story. It’s also a way to expand your vocabulary and improve your memory. It’s a win-win for both your downtime as well as your daily life.

pile of books

Try meditating :

Meditation is one of the best ways tune into your own body and mind and provide yourself with the ultimate self care. It is proven to be one of the most effective ways to clear the mind and the more you do it, the more you will feel its benefits. Meditation gives you the tools to take care of and protect your mind and ultimately have healthier verbal and physical actions as a result. It is important to remember that meditation is a practice. To get started, you can practice taking 5 deep breaths and trying to clear your mind. There is guided meditation that you can follow in a class or via an app or you can practice it on your own, working to clear your mind and better your practice.

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1 Comment

  1. September 20, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    For any hard working entrepreneur taking the time to relax is crucial. Some of us forget to take some downtime and get burned out. Brilliant post highlighting the things we can do to reset our stress. Thanks so much!