Looking around me, going through LinkedIn and other social media platforms, I see everyone setting and accomplishing great goals. Everyone seems to be working hard and achieving much. They all seem to be on the move, waking up early to complete their set tasks.
It is yet the end of another year, and many of my set goals have not been achieved. I feel the need to rise and grind, there is no time to slacken. At the same time, I seem not to find any spare time to unwind.
THE NEED TO KEEP GOING VS THE NEED TO REST
Everything around us may be forcing us to go out and keep getting things done. It may not even be social media. Perhaps you are a workaholic who derives satisfaction from working, or you have succumbed to the pressure of getting new things done because you feel everyone around you is doing the same – starting new careers, new businesses, etc.
Our society has a way of making us feel that resting and taking breaks to unwind are for the weak. But it is important to know that rest is the sweet sauce of labour. We must know that we need rest and time to unwind. Even God rested after six days of creative work (Genesis 2:2-3).
Resting simply refuels us. Unwinding, no matter how little, helps us regain our mental, physical, and emotional energy to get back to work. Because we are human and not divine, our bodies are prone to getting tired. Jesus, in His earthly days, also took out time to rest (Luke 8:23).
HOW YOU CAN UNWIND
As a young professional, here are 5 ways to help you unwind as the year comes to an end:
1. TAKE OUT A WHOLE DAY TO REST
As the year wraps up, we are often overworked and tired from having numerous tasks to attend to with a lot of time constraint. You need to be deliberate in setting specific days aside to treat yourself to rest and relaxation.
Many times when we set out to rest and unwind, we often limit it to a few minutes or a few hours. This is often because we still have a lot of tasks to attend to. We hardly even enjoy the unwinding time because our minds still wander to unfinished tasks ahead of us. Taking a whole day to unwind is so important that in the Scriptures, the Israelites were commanded to take one day out of seven to rest on a weekly basis.
While you take a whole day to rest, understand that there is a difference between laziness and rest. While laziness is an unwillingness to do any kind of work, rest is what we do when we are tired from work. Remember to take your mind off work and pending assignments, so that you can maximize and enjoy your unwinding time.
2. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE SONGS
To do this effectively, you must clear your mind of everything else and simply listen. This can be achieved by closing your eyes and envisaging the lyrics of the song, or focusing on the sound combination. This is a simple, less time-consuming, but neglected way to unwind.
If you are good at playing an instrument, it is also a great way to unwind. Playing music is both therapeutic and relaxing.
3. CONNECT WITH NATURE
Spending time outdoors reduces stress and promotes relaxation. Connecting with nature makes us feels good as we take in the fresh air and focus on the calming sights and sounds. A few moments of contact with nature can help boost your energy level and enhance relaxation.
You can also connect with nature by taking pictures of animals, trees, water and other parts of nature.
4. SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY
One great but often neglected way of unwinding is spending quality time with family. This would usually make you feel good. If you don’t have a partner or children, you should consider spending time with your siblings or extended family members. You may organize games to encourage everyone to come together.
5. SWITCH OFF AND TAKE A PRAYER WALK
Exercise has bodily profit. It keeps your brain young and boosts your mood while keeping anxiety away. You may consider praying while you walk. This gives a special relaxation feeling that is better experienced than told.
To unwind, there may be the need to shut down social media. If it is essential to leave your social media access on, consider getting a social media manager while you enjoy your unwinding time.
YOU SHOULD UNWIND
It is unprofitable for you to work hard from morning to night every day, anxiously working for food to eat without taking out time to rest adequately. God gives rest to His loved ones. As we come to the end of a challenging year, you may feel burned out and pressured on every side. Scheduling time to unwind and considering the above options will help you regain your energy and make the most of what is coming ahead.
The benefits of unwinding cannot be easily quantified. However, once you do take out some time to relax, you can be sure that you will look forward to more and more times of personal unwinding.