Finding peace. Feeling relaxed.
No matter what we do or how crazy our hectic lives are, whether we work in a normal job or from home for ourselves, finding time to relax and unwind is vitally important to avoid burn out. Burn out is a real thing and it sucks.
Relaxing and unwinding can be as easy as just unplugging yourself from all electronic devices such as the computer and cell phone. It can also mean spending some time in nature. I’m not saying take a 5 mile hike, but just spend 5 -10 minutes outside, in your back yard or go to a park. Other things can do to relax is to listen to some music or read a book. You can spend time working on one of your hobbies too. Finding ways to relax and wind down are personal so there really isn’t one way or the ‘right way’ to do it. You just gotta do what works for you.
Since I work from home, I set aside a bit of time everyday to unplug and unwind. I know you are probably thinking, “why do you need to relax?” Well, believe it or not, working from home while it does have some of the best benefits, can also be very stressful. For one, I don’t have a boss which is great, but because I don’t have a boss telling me what to do all day, I have to tell myself what to do. I have to motivate myself and get shit done. Some days, there are so many things to do like updating websites, writing blogs and other things, that I get overwhelmed and I’ll work for 10 hours and not even realize it. Oh and if something comes up like a crashed email server, I have to fix it.
I wear many hats. Did you know that I am the IT department, the marketing department, the creative developer, the CFO, the president, the writer, the editor and the list goes on and on. And believe it or not, since I started working for myself, I’ve realized that I have to take time out of everyday and unplug from my business. I time my hours worked, turn off my computer, set my cell phone to vibrate and tune out my business for a little while every day otherwise I turn into a completely crazy person and I get sick. I don’t know about you, but I do not like being sick so everyday once my work is done, I go and do something fun like listen to music, watch a movie, do some yoga or read a book.
The reason I do this is because I’ve learned that my health and well being depends on it. When I don’t take time out to relax and unwind, I end up burning out and crashing which is never a good thing. Burn out totally sucks and can lead to a variety of issues like high blood pressure, illnesses like colds and a bunch of other no-so-fun things.
So that’s my message today. Find a bit of time to relax. Unplug. Find some peace. Be well cause you don’t want to burn out!