It can be stressful trying to juggle work and personal life without feeling overwhelmed or rundown. It’s important to slow things down and take time to relax. I feel it’s especially important when you have a disability or health condition as stress can cause havoc with your mind and body. My recent poor health resulted in muscle fatigue which made me slow down whether I liked it or not. Muscle fatigue is pretty major for someone like me with a progressive muscle wasting condition because my muscles are already weak and take much longer to recover.
Lately, I’ve been trying to rest and unwind as much as I can in-between my day job, blogging and my social life. Here’s my little guide on how to unwind at the end of the day.
When I get home at the end of the day I love nothing more than getting into my comfy clothes. They may not look the most flattering but my joggers, fleecy jumper and fluffy socks are my best friends. Oh, not to forgot the fleecy blanket that my Mum got me for Christmas last year and my fluffy slippers. I realise I’m not painting the sexiest image, but who cares, it keeps me warm. My feet and legs are usually like ice blocks all year round because I’m sitting in my wheelchair all day so these all help keep me extra warm and relaxed.
I love makeup and I love wearing it, but I hate removing it at the end of the day. It is such a chore! As the day goes on, my weak arms get weaker until the point they feel achy and heavy. So now I try to remove my makeup as soon as I get home especially if I know I’m not going out again. This gets it done and out the way so I can relax without having to struggle at the end of the night.
Listen to Music
Music is a big part of my life and if you’ve read some of my gig reviews then you’ll know I love live music and seeing my favourite bands in the flesh. I always have music playing in the house no matter what I’m doing. I find it helps me relax and concentrate especially when I’m working on my blog and writing articles. It helps me focus, keeps me motivated, but also relaxes me. I guess it’s true what they say…music is therapy and good for the soul.
Sitting in my wheelchair from the moment I get up in the morning to the moment I go to bed at night can be very tiring. My wheelchair has custom made cushions and adjustments to suit my complex seating needs, but even though it fits me like a glove, I can still get sore and uncomfortable by the end of the day. So I love to get out of my wheelchair for a little while and relax on the couch or in bed while watching our favourite TV shows and movies. Since I don’t have good trunk control I need a batwing pillow to make sure my back, neck and arms are supported. It provides stability, helps me relax and most importantly allows my muscles to rest.
These are some of my favourite ways to relax and unwind at the end of the day especially now that winter is on its way and the darker nights are drawing in.
How do you unwind and relax at the end of the day?