Relax .. just do it?

As a lovely birthday treat Laura Morris (www.rentabuggy.co.uk) and I went on a spa day.  We did work a bit but it didn’t feel like work as we were sat in a jacuzzi! but world domination must take place in random spots for a busy mumpreneur.

To begin our ‘relaxing’ day I had a fancy Clarins Facial.  Now everything about this should have been awesome.  Relaxing music, gorgeous smelling candles, low lighting, laying on a super soft massage couch and an expert giving me a facial.  I had one issue … even after 25 minutes in someone forgot to tell my brain to STOP!  The more I found myself thinking about WORK, the more annoyed I seemed to get and then the less likely it was that I was going to relax anyway.

I know it is a very important aspect of my working time management to schedule in ‘relaxation’ or ‘me time’ but with 2 small children and 2 businesses, a home and partner, this isn’t always easier so imagine my sheer frustration that when I actually get a whole day in I failed to RELAX!

So here’s where I open the floor to you?  How do you relax?  How do you make sure your brain switches off long enough for you to ‘chill’?

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5 Comments

  1. November 1, 2010 / 11:20 am

    Awww Joanne, there really is nothing worse than knowing you have a fantastic opportunity to relax but can’t make your brain stop. I am terrible for doing this but am realising more and more how important it is to allow yourself to switch off for a while!

    “The trouble with being number one in the world – in anything – is that it takes a certain mentality to attain that position, and that is something of a driving, perfectionist attitude, so that once you do achieve number one, you don’t relax and enjoy” (Quote ~ Billie Jean King)

    I go swimming every Thursday night – that’s ‘my’ time! I also try to wind down at the end of every evening my watching some ‘no brain’ TV! At the moment it’s the Big bang Theory keeping me thoroughly amused! I try to stop working at 11pm every night then watch that for a half hr before bed. Otherwise I find all I do is go to sleep and can’t sleep for thinking about work! This time of the year is crazy for my business – I currently have 52 orders and really try not to get stressed about it – ironically I do find that stress motivates me and makes me far more organised!

  2. November 2, 2010 / 9:12 am

    It IS so hard to relax. Since starting DaisychainBaby, I find that when it’s at it’s busiest, anything which takes me away from it, I resent completely. And sadly, that tends to be the lovely things that I really used to enjoy doing, such as dinner with friends or a night out with hubby. It seems ridiculous to say that you have to force yourself to relax – just as you saw when you had your facial, your brain was still whirring away, thinking about a million different things. I think it’s the price to pay for being successful BUT you did the best thing – you scheduled that spa day. I think as we grow in our business, it will become easier to chill out for a while. These early stages are so tough and we feel guilty for taking time out but we have to remember that if we go crazy then nothing gets done. A good film, a cold glass of wine, a bath – my switch off fail-safes…if I have the time ;o)

  3. Zara
    November 2, 2010 / 10:25 am

    Hi hun – as i work from my laptop, if i’m at home i’ll be drawn to it!

    for me the best escape is always a day out – work never enters my mind when i’m out having fun with my girls!

    never do anything just on my own – just getting out the house for me is a great escape! 🙂
    xxx

  4. Suzanne Gardner-Cuthbert
    November 2, 2010 / 10:36 am

    Hi Joanne – Using relaxation techniques or breathing techniques for stress will help you to relax. These type of techniques help both the mind and body to relax. Just spending 1-2 minutes using breathing techniques several times a day would be benefical. Breathing techniques promote calmness and relaxation and switch off the stress response. There are many different relaxation techniques and I like using relaxation techniques after a busy day. Just spending 15- 20 minutes using relaxation techniques helps me to relax and unwind. Another great way to relax is having a bath. Having a soak in the bath is a great way to reduce stress. Water is very theraputic and helps lower the level of stress hormones built up during the day.

  5. March 26, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Isn’t it interesting how often this happens? You are trying to relax but just can’t seem to get your mind off work? I work my way around this by taking a few deep breaths. I have also found that hanging out with the girls always gets some steam off; perhaps you could try it too.