Self care: How to properly unwind after a stressful day

Even though you are in lockdown, you might be finding your time at home just as stressful as a day's work at the office.

Self care: How to properly unwind after a stressful day

Sometimes you ignore your body’s whispers for rest and sometimes you convince yourself that you don’t deserve to take a break. 

We aren’t always able to avoid stress, but we are able to manage it. Giving your heart some time to rest has many benefits like keeping you focused, helping you overcome obstacles that require creativity and making sure you have enough energy for the next day’s tasks. 

Tips on how to make the most out of the little leisure time you have

1. Make your down time part of your schedule

Decide on when you are going to kick off your shoes, sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. When things get as busy as they normally do, by the end of the day it’s too late and you have to go to bed and sleep to be able to do it all again in the morning. Plan little breaks through the day.

2. Disconnect from whatever keeps you working

Avoid worrying about the next day’s work as if it’s tomorrow already. When you leave your desk, try to keep your thoughts about work to the minimum. If you are trying to unwind, still stressing about what will happen next will ruin the value of the few minutes you have to unwind. 

4. Get rid of the tension in your body

Run yourself a hot bath or shower. Water has a calming effect on the body and by taking a bath, you wash the tension away.

5. Listen to music

Maybe you’ve been listening to music all your life in order to keep yourself sane. Lower your heart rate by listening to soothing sounds that will calm you down. 

6. Try meditating or being mindful

There’s nothing complicated about finding a comfortable chair or lying in a comfortable position, closing your eyes and observing what you experience in and around your body. Use your breath. Taking deep breaths can lower your heart rate and your blood pressure. 

Make life enjoyable and satisfying by using the time you have to unwind and give your brain a break.

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[Watch] Paige Trowbridge in Gauteng: Cooking up a ‘diner’ with ‘Jailhouse Lock’

As soon as my dad sent the 'virtual Easter cooking challenge' out, there was a keen sense of excitement and the ragging started...

[Watch] Paige Trowbridge in Gauteng: Cooking up a ‘diner’ with ‘Jailhouse Lock’

A few years ago my parents started a potjie competition tradition with a group of their friends. On a chosen Saturday, they would all gather at someone’s house, potjie pot and ingredients in hand, and spend the whole day cooking up a storm.

At the end of the day, they would feast and, after much banter and ragging between teams, a winner would be announced by the “judge”. The prize was bragging rights until a new winner was appointed in the following competition…but then lockdown happened.

Lockdown ‘virtual Easter cooking challenge’

One beauty about lockdown (we’ve got to look for the positives) is that it freed up a lot of time for many of us. As a family some of this time has been spent cooking together, making “team-effort meals”.

While we were sitting around the dinner table on the eve of Good Friday, I had a thought: Why not do a virtual cooking competition? As soon as my dad sent the “virtual Easter cooking challenge” out to those on the WhatsApp group, there was a keen sense of excitement and the ragging started!

Of course the food could not be judged by its taste, so the “judge” drew up an Excel spreadsheet of new criteria. The food was to be judged by its appearance and additional points were given for presentation and a theme.

Jailhouse Lock: Elvis Presley and his ‘side-chicks’

Our theme was “American” so we decided to go all out in terms of menu choice and presentation. Elvis Presley and his “side-chicks” were needed to present the competition, burgers and fries were a must for the main course and brightly coloured milkshakes topped it all off for dessert.

Elvis and his girls sat for about an hour remixing Jailhouse Rock into the Jailhouse Lock. The song aimed to bring humour to a tragic situation (as South Africans tend to do: “You either laugh or you cry”) and to introduce our competition to our competitors.

What a different kind of Easter Sunday! By the end of the day, we were all exhausted. Needless to say, the only ones who truly benefited from this competition were the network providers as there were so many messages sent on the WhatsApp group that day!

We hope you enjoy watching our remix of Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock as much as we enjoyed writing and filming it.
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