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8 Self Care Ways To Unwind After A Long Stressful Week

 

Mountain Bonnell in Austin Texas

Hey loves, will you just look at this view? I couldn’t get enough of it. This view was breathtaking and I was grateful to enjoy this moment with my husband.

It is so important to take time out for yourself and spend time with people you love. This past weekend my husband and I did just that.  It was AMAZING!!

I was so glad that we were able to get some pictures of us to document these beautiful finds. I hope you enjoy the pictures as well as this blog.

Did you have a long and tiresome week? Did your to do list get the best of you?  Do you need some time to stop, pause and reset?  Do you need some chill time? Do you need a break from it all?  I feel ya.

If you’re looking for ways to relax and unwind after a long stressful week, this post is for you.

If you have been with me for a while, you may remember the blog about when I starting looking for nature’s beauty in my city.

Well, I am still on that journey. I found two places (Mount Bonnell and Hamilton Pool Reserve) that were a short road trip away (no more than 2 hours including traffic). Yay!!!.

Mountain Bonnell in Austin Texas

Both places were beautiful, peaceful & relaxing.  We started our day by visiting Mount Bonnell.  To get to this view, you don’t have to hike long.  Since it is a famous attraction in Austin, Texas, it was pretty busy but we found a spot to chill, relax, and enjoy the view.

After we enjoyed this place, we headed out to Hamilton Pool Reserve.  It was a nice & relaxing spot also. It was about 40 minutes away, give or take. We had to make reservations to see this spot.  It books up pretty fast.

Isn’t it something how one moment can remind you of another moment. There is a cave in the Hamilton Pool Reserve.  It reminded me of the cave we went in on a a family vacation trip when I was little at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It was not exactly like it but it brought back good memories regarding my father who passed away almost 10 years ago.

I usually don’t go there a lot regarding memories of my father. The pain of his death would hurt so bad.  Lately, I have been able to think back on memories with him and enjoy the times we had together.

I have always love nature and the outdoors. My husband and I share that in common.  My mind always gets clearer when I spend time in nature. I don’t know exactly how to explain it. It is like a freeing feeling that comes over me. I feel rejuvenated & refreshed.

In an article on Positive Psychology, Ackerman discussed Kaplan’s Attention Restoration Theory regarding how spending time in nature may help provide renewing and rejuvenation of the mind while also giving pleasure.

 

There is an old saying regarding pouring from an empty cup. Cliche as it may sound. It is so true. You have to take time out to refill your cup.

I know this is not new under the sun. We hear about self-care, de stressing, relaxing, & unwinding all the time. We should. It is important but often times left out.

Hey, life happens and sometimes we get lost in our day to day tasks, work, family, etc.

Michael (2018) mentioned on Psych Central how self care should be something we consistently participates in. It should be included in our to do list just like everything else. Eating healthy, exercising, & medical care are components of self care. Unwinding, de-stressing, spending time with people you love fit under the umbrella of self care also.

Remember, you play many different roles in life.

Roles like mother, father, husband, wife, employee, employer, sister, brother, friend, son, daughter, cousin, etc. 

It is so easy to spread yourself thin.  You don’t do it on purpose. It just happen. Hey, no worries.  You found a couple seconds to yourself. You stumbled up on this post.

Hooray!! Cheesy, I know but that’s me.  I own it. You found this post at the right time to give yourself a moment to pause.  Take a moment and add something special in your routine at the end of this week to help you unwind.

Ask a love one to join you.  Maybe, they had a rough week too.  Go and find peace together.  It feels good to unwind and relax with your person (whomever he or she may be).

After you have unwind and relax, you will feel lighter and ready to conquer whatever.  Trust me, you will come out on the other side slam dunking the different roles you play in life. Nothing but net, I tell ya.

I hope this blog serves as a friendly reminder to take some time out to unwind, de-stress, & spend time with a love one after a week’s worth of endless things to do.

Are you needing some ideas? I gotcha.  I created a list with 8 things to do to feel good after a long stressful week below

Mountain Bonnell in Austin Texas

Here are 8 Things To Do

1. Spend some time in nature

2. Take a short road trip (this is one of my husband and I favorite jams)

3. Go to a museum

4. Go for a walk in your neighborhood or city

5. Go to a new place to get coffee, tea, or your fav beverage

6. Be a tourist in your own city (you may be surprise at what you find)

7. Try a new activity with a friend or love one (we went go kart racing last weekend with family)

8. Go bike riding

 

Hamilton Pool Reserve
Hamilton Pool Reserve
Hamilton Pool Reserve

Before I wrap this up, here is a tip for the road.

Take some time out and write in a journal about your moment of peace and unwinding.  Writing about it will help you carry the feelings that the moment brought you on down the road. Writing causes you to reflect. The reflection of it all will be food for soul. It will give you a boost of happiness.

Leyba (2019) stated on Psychology Today, journaling can create happiness in your life by helping you to think about good moments in your life.  Journaling has many benefits and it is free. It does not take up a lot of your time.  You can do it in 5 minutes. Those 5 minutes can help set the tone for you day, your life, your feelings, etc.

 

If you enjoyed this blog, here are more on ways to unwind and add self care to your daily routine.

13 Ways to Practice Self Care After Work

How I Create a Self Care Kit

What things do you do to make you feel good after a long stressful week?

How do you unwind after a long week?  I would love suggestions. Share, Share, Share

Be safe. Until next time

Sources:

Ackerman, C. (2019). What is Kaplan’s Restoration Attention Theory (ART). Retrieved from https://positivepsychology.com/attention-restoration-theory/

Leyba, E. (2019). Journaling Can Boost Happiness in Five Minutes or Less. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/joyful-parenting/201904/journaling-can-boost-happiness-in-five-minutes-or-less

Michael, R. (2018). What is Self Care- What it isnt. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/blog/what-self-care-is-and-what-it-isnt-2/

 

 

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