These days, many people lead such busy lives that they barely get time to breathe never mind take time out for themselves. A lot of people have to juggle work, family commitment, financial issues, social lives, and more, which means that they are on the go pretty much all the time. It is little wonder, therefore, that so many of us want to find simple ways to relax when we finally do get a little time to ourselves.
Today's fast pace of life can lead to high stress levels, which in turn can lead to a lot of health problems as well as reducing quality of life. This is why it is important to ensure you take time out for yourself from time to time, and that you find ways to pamper yourself a little and enjoy some well-earned relaxation. In this article, we will explore some of the simple and convenient methods you can use in order to relax when you get spare time.
Some Solutions to Help You De-Stress
The good news is that there are various solutions you can try in order to help you to de-stress and unwind during those rare few hours you have to yourself. One of the things you can do is treat yourself to a wonderful spa day where you can indulge in a range of treatments and use the various facilities. If you go to a high end day spa, you can look forward to an incredibly relaxing day where you can enjoy being pampered and really unwind. If you rarely get time to yourself and you feel constantly stressed, this is definitely something that is worth looking into.
Another option for those on a tighter budget is to enjoy a pamper day at home. You can relax with a face treatment and hair conditioning treatment that you apply yourself, sink into a bath full of aromatherapy bubbles coupled with some scented candles and soft music. You can then simply lie back, close your eyes, and relax as you let your treatments get to work and let the stress ooze out of you. Once you have finished your bath and rinsed away the treatments, apply some rich skin moisturizer all over to nourish your skin and then give yourself a manicure and pedicure. If your partner is on hand, you could even get them to massage your back with some essential oils to make you feel really relaxed.
If you like to get out and about and you love nature, another way in which you can relax when you have a little time to yourself is taking a long walk in a naturally beautiful area. If there is nowhere within walking distance, you can always drive or cycle to the nearest park or beach, where you can stroll along and take in the natural beauty, take a seat and people watch, and enjoy the health benefits of being out in the fresh air. These are just some of the simple ideas you can look at if you want to enjoy some relaxation.
Enjoy Some Time Away
If you have a little extended time off work, it is well worth booking a trip away in order to unwind and relax. They say that a change of scenery can be great for beating stress and recharging the batteries, so this is definitely something worth doing if you want to really de-stress. You can get some great deals on short breaks and weekends, so it needn't cost you a huge amount.
One of the trips you could look at taking in order to relax and de-stress is a camping trip. You can go with friends, your partner, or other family members and enjoy getting out in the great outdoors and taking in plenty of fresh air. Being out in the fresh air has been proven to help with mental health and stress relief, so this is the ideal type of break to take. You can look forward to a range of exciting activities and new adventures, the chances to get some exercise and fresh air, and the ability to do things you don't normally do.
If you don't fancy camping for a change of scenery, there are other options you can look at. A beach break is the perfect way to relax and enjoy some time out if you feel stressed and have a few days off. You can enjoy sunshine and relaxation, book a nice hotel for a few days, and enjoy being pampered and look after. You can spend your days relaxing on the beach and taking in the gorgeous scenery or laying around by the pool at your hotel sipping a cocktail.
Another option is to book at cabin or cottage by the lakes, where you can take in the peace and tranquility as you unwind and relax. You can get some excellent deals on cabins and being away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and work can really help with your stress levels. You can look forward to eating al fresco while you take in the stunning scenery, getting close to nature, perhaps even wildlife watching while you are there.
These are just a few of the options you can consider if you want to enjoy getting away from it all for a few days.
Taking Steps to Get the Relaxation You Deserve
One key thing to remember is that no matter which of the above options you try in order to relax, it is important that you take time out to chill out from time to time. When you work all day, have family to look after, and have to deal with the stresses of day to day life, it can really take its toll on your health. However, taking steps and finding time to relax and unwind can help to counteract the effects of everyday stress. All you need to do is decide on the best relaxation methods for you.
"Steal the mesh underwear you get from the hospital," a friend said upon learning I was pregnant with my first daughter.
It was the single best piece of advice I received before giving birth in December 2013. My best friend delivered her daughter eight months previously, and she was the first to pass along this shared code among new moms: you'll need mesh underwear for your at-home postpartum recovery, and you can't find them anywhere for purchase. End result: steal them. And tell your friends.
My delivery and subsequent recovery were not easy. To my unexpected surprise, after almost 24 hours of labor, I had an emergency C-section. Thankfully, my daughter was healthy; however, my recovery was quite a journey. The shock to my system caused my bloated and swollen body to need weeks of recovery time. Luckily, I had trusted my friend and followed her instructions: I had stolen some mesh underwear from the hospital to bring home with me.
Unfortunately, I needed those disposable underwear for much longer than I anticipated and quickly ran out. As I still wasn't quite mobile, my mother went to the store to find more underwear for me. Unfortunately, she couldn't find them anywhere and ended up buying me oversized granny panties. Sure, they were big enough, but I had to cut the waistband for comfort.
I eventually recovered from my C-section, survived those first few sleepless months, and returned to work. At the time, I was working for a Fortune 100 company and happily contributing to the corporate world. But becoming a new mom brought with it an internal struggle and search for something “more" out of my life--a desire to have a bigger impact. A flashback to my friend's golden piece of advice got me thinking: Why aren't mesh underwear readily available for women in recovery? What if I could make the magical mesh underwear available to new moms everywhere? Did I know much about designing, selling, or marketing clothing? Not really. But I also didn't know much about motherhood when I started that journey, either, and that seemed to be working out well. And so, Brief Transitions was born.
My quest began. With my manufacturing and engineering background I naively thought, It's one product. How hard could it be? While it may not have been “hard," it definitely took a lot of work. I slowly started to do some research on the possibilities. What would it take to start a company and bring these underwear to market? How are they made and what type of manufacturer do I need? With each step forward I learned a little more--I spoke with suppliers, researched materials, and experimented with packaging. I started to really believe that I was meant to bring these underwear to other moms in need.
Then I realized that I needed to learn more about the online business and ecommerce world as well. Google was my new best friend. On my one hour commute (each way), I listened to a lot of podcasts to learn about topics I wasn't familiar with--how to setup a website, social media platforms, email marketing, etc. I worked in the evenings and inbetween business trips to plan what I called Execution Phase. In 2016, I had a website with a Shopify cart up and running. I also delivered my second daughter via C-section (and handily also supplied myself with all the mesh underwear I needed).
They say, “If you build it, they will come." But I've learned that the saying should really go more like this: “If you build it, and tell everyone about it, they might come." I had a 3-month-old, an almost 3 year old and my business was up and running. I had an occasional sale; however, my processes were extremely manual and having a day job while trying to ship product out proved to be challenging. I was manually processing and filling orders and then going to the post office on Saturday mornings to ship to customers. I eventually decided to go where the moms shop...hello, Amazon Prime! I started to research what I needed to do to list products with Amazon and the benefits of Amazon fulfillment (hint: they take care of it for you).
Fast forward to 2018...
While I started to build this side business and saw a potential for it to grow way beyond my expectations, my corporate job became more demanding with respect to travel and time away from home. I was on the road 70% of the time during first quarter 2018. My normally “go with the flow" 4-year-old started to cry every time I left for a trip and asked why I wasn't home for bedtime. That was a low point for me and even though bedtime with young kids has its own challenges, I realized I didn't want to miss out on this time in their lives. My desire for more scheduling flexibility and less corporate travel time pushed me to work the nights and weekends needed to build and scale my side hustle to a full-time business. If anyone tries to tell you it's “easy" to build “passive" income, don't believe them. Starting and building a business takes a lot of grit, hustle and hard work. After months of agonizing, changing my mind, and wondering if I should really leave my job (and a steady paycheck!), I ultimately left my corporate job in April 2018 to pursue Brief Transitions full-time.
In building Brief Transitions, I reached out to like-minded women to see if they were experiencing similar challenges to my own--balancing creating and building a business while raising children--and I realized that many women are on the quest for flexible, meaningful work. I realized that we can advance the movement of female entrepreneurs by leveraging community to inspire, empower, and connect these trailblazers. For that reason, I recently launched a new project, The Transitions Collective, a platform for connecting community-driven women entrepreneurs.
As is the case with many entrepreneurs, I find myself working on multiple projects at a time. I am now working on a members-only community for The Transitions Collective that will provide access to experts and resources for women who want to leave corporate and work in their business full-time. Connecting and supporting women in this movement makes us a force in the future of work. At the same time, I had my most profitable sales quarter to date and best of all, I am able to drop my daughter off at school in the morning.
Mesh underwear started me on a journey much bigger than I ever imagined. They sparked an idea, ignited a passion, and drove me to find fulfillment in a different type of work. That stolen underwear was just the beginning.