Today’s topic: letting your thoughts wander off. A perfect Monday-post. Sometimes it’s better to take a step back when life gets a little bit too much. I like to see it as a fresh start. The best thing about those, is that you decide whenever to take one.
Whether it’s going for a walk, standing on a balcony, therapy-shopping, etc.. Anything that gets you out of your space and makes you see new things.
I associate tea with focus: focussing on something I love or something that needs to be done. Chores become more bearable when you have yourself [insert English lady accent] “a nice cuppa tea”. Or coffee, of course.
Literally log off your laptop, make sure you’re momentarily unavailable. Enjoy the silence and take some time for yourself. When you’re unreachable, it gives you some time to breathe and stop worrying. Imagine that feeling when you’ve sent an important email and you’re feeling a little bit anxious for the reply.. Turn off! You can check later.
Take Your Time To Plan
The stupidest example: grocery shopping. When I don’t make a list, I’m completely lost in the supermarket and I forget a few things that I just really need at home. Sit and write down what you’ll need for today and the rest of the week. It’s definitely going to take your mind off and I find it a relaxing thing to do. You can also plan your workouts, meals, best friend dates, me-time… It works!
Read & Listen
Turn on some relaxing music or read a book somewhere quiet and peaceful. Try to focus only on the story or the music (something that’s very hard for me personally, because music always makes me think of something in my life).
Okay this might be a weird one, but cleaning does the trick for me aswell. It’s not exactly the most pleasant way to distract yourself, but it helps! This tip is definitely “when everything else fails” to take your mind off, but whatever!
Do Something Different
Try a new recipe, go (window) shopping, draw, paint, knit, go for a run, reorganise you blog..
Hope these tips help! And remember: “there are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” (C.S. Lewis). How do you take your mind off?