7 simple ways to unwind and take time for yourself

This photo was taken during our annual family hiking trip in 2010.

This month I will be sharing with you 7 ways that help me restore the balance in my life when my days become too overwhelming.

February was not an easy month. Especially now when it’s been almost a whole year of a world pandemic and home isolation. I don’t know about you but I tend to lose my patience and inspiration at times.

I hope that this article will give you some quick, simple and practical ideas about how to bring some more calmness and relaxation in your life.

#1 Read a book

Reading is probably the first thing I would do if I would feel the need to slow down and ground. That’s why I make sure I always have a book with me, no matter where I go and for how long I will be gone.

#2 Write

There is no structure, no target, no expectations. Simply writing what’s going on in my life at that moment in time and how I feel about it. I have started this practice in 2016 and it’s really interesting to look back and read some of my old journals and remember how I have felt back then.

You should give it a try some time, it can be very liberating.

#3 Return to meditation

I discovered the power of yoga and meditation about 15 years ago, a time when yoga and meditation were not so popular. At least not in Europe.

Nowadays meditation and yoga opportunities are all around us — from outube guided meditations , websites and mobile meditation apps such as to even a series which I recently discovered on Netflix: Headspace: Guide to meditation . If you haven’t seen it yet I strongly recommend you to start and/or finish your day with an episode of mindfulness.

Returning to meditation always helps me take a step back, look at what’s happening from a distance and return to a place of peace and calmness.

#4 Physical Exercise

My absolute favorite yoga channel is . has countless free videos for any imbalance or discomfort you may feel. She is amazing and I cannot express my admiration for the community she has built and the impact she is having on so many lives.

When I have more energy and desire for a more active workout I pick up anything suitable on Youtube. The ones below are amongst my most favorite ones:

#5 Isolation

#6 Meet/Call a friend

#7 Plan a fun or relaxing activity

These relaxing areas have an immediate healing effect and I cannot wait to do this again!

What’s in it for you?

You may say that there is nothing groundbreaking I am sharing with you. You are absolutely right!

The above ideas are very basic and you don’t need much time, money or organization to initiate any of these activities. But as we know the simplest things in life are sometimes the hardest to achieve.

I wish I could say I am practicing what I am preaching on a daily basis. In fact, what I often end up doing is living my life in a “sprint mode” until my body and mind stop functioning. It’s usually then when I get reminded that I need to restore the balance. Until the next time this happens.

Please know that I am always up for more ideas and inspiration, so feel free to share with me and the rest of the community your ways of unwinding and breaking the routine.

How does your list of 7 ways to unwind look like?

When was the last time you took time for yourself?

Do you manage to do this on a regular basis?

Originally published at http://nelimesyova.com on February 25, 2021.

Next to my full time job as a Project manager in an IT company, I love reading and writing about self-improvement and life lessons. Blog: nelimesyova.com