5 Ways to Relax at Home (Without Netflix)
Sometimes the work week can feel so mundane that we get into a monotonous pattern; go to work or class, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Repeat. We want to help get you (and ourselves) out of that routine.
We understand the exhaustion and hectic schedule that comes with working full time or being a full time student. Week nights can tend to feel like there isn't much time to relax in between the commute home, making dinner, preparing for tomorrow, and getting enough sleep. Within that window of time, most of us tend to gravitate towards Netflix because it's a good way to unwind and it's easy. However, if you're feeling a lack of motivation and productivity in your week nights, we recommend putting Netflix on hold...at least for a few nights out of the week.
Introducing five ways to relax your mind without Netflix...
1. Take a Hot Bath
Taking a long, relaxing bath, especially in the winter, is the perfect cure to any Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) blues. Go all out with candles, a magazine, your favorite playlist, a glass of wine, and soothing, fragrant bath salts.
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2. Settle into a Good Book with Some Tea
3. Call an Old Friend
When was the last time you actually sat down to have a phone call that lasted more than five minutes? In the age of texting, catching up on the phone has become less and less popular, but it can be very rewarding. When we don't have time during the week to socialize as much as we do on the weekends, it is important to still connect with others.The best part...
Picking up the phone and calling a friend is a great way to strengthen your relationships as you'll get to hear stories and more in depth details of your loved one's lives.
Look... The worst thing about TV is that it wastes a lot of time. Spending time with a journal and self reflecting can be healthy and beneficial to you in the future. Keeping a journal is one of the best things you can do for yourself as it is a log of your life and how you felt at certain times and stages. One day, you'll want to look back and remember the specifics. It also allows you to clear your mind and get your thoughts out on paper, helping you in the present as well.
5. Meditate/Do Yoga
Yoga is a great way to unwind as it helps both body and mind. It can be as simple as doing a few stretches and meditations before bed to get you into a relaxed and tired state for sleep. It can also be beneficial if you routinely practice and allow your body to strengthen itself. You can get yourself a nice yoga towel at Bucky.com.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to find ways to relax at home during the week, and if all else fails, here is a list of things to binge watch on Netflix, because let's be real you're going to do it anyways!