From the time my feet hit the floor, I’m in go mode. My days are long – and it’s hard to pry me away from my work. Partly because I love what I do but also: workaholism is a family trait. I always say: you’ll never find a lazy person in our bunch. We’re not wired that way.
The problem with this mindset is the winddown. My parents would end their days with a few cans of beer in front of the tube. Oftentimes, they’d be up late, puttering about with little tasks. It’s almost like they didn’t know how to rest. Because I work at home, it’s really easy to find things to do too. My puttering isn’t housecleaning (although I wish it was), it’s fiddling around on the computer.
Learning how to loosen up and quiet down has been one of my biggest challenges. This may sound stupid but trust me, if you don’t know how to relax, it’s too easy to get sucked up into continuous work mode – and that means your body, mind, and spirit have little time to recover.
I have found a nightly routine that helps me stay off the work mind and get into the rest zone. And it takes only one simple step: I read.
Reading has always been my greatest joy but long workdays meant less PLEASURE reading time. I found myself doing exactly what my parents did by plopping down in front of the television – except my drink of choice was wine and my cell phone was handy in case I needed to scroll the news or answer an email (no one “needs” to do either activity at night).
That is NOT relaxing.
A good book, magazine, or newspaper takes me away from the daily grind and into a better headspace more. I prefer a physical book because it means I can’t jump around from webpage to webpage (or hold a phone). Plus, there is something satisfying about having one in my hands and turning the pages.
As my eyes move over the words, my mind begins to get the memo that work is done. I can check out and check in with myself. I’m transported to a new place – and before long, I’m getting sleepy. This is my perfect winddown. If you’re like me, I recommend getting serious with nightly reading practice. It’s the best way to reboot your brain – and stop working.
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Soundtrack for 7/31/21:
From the Garden by Isaiah Rashad (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
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