Relax and Recharge
Updated: Mar 22
I have been working hard on not working 24/7. It is hard to do when you are working from home. Prior to setting habits, and dedicated locations for my activities, I felt like I never left work. I would work in my home office, at my kitchen table, in my room, and on my couch while watching tv. That has all been thankfully changed and now I feel like I am starting to get my life back. I do my best to turn off my desktop computer where I do most of my work by 6 pm every night, even if I am not done with my work. Then I proceed to have my nighttime schedule, which thankfully includes some time to relax and recharge. Below are my top 10 ways that I relax and recharge at the end of the day and on weekends.
TV I used to be obsessed with watching tv. I watched it all the time when I was working, background noise, whenever, it was always on. Now, I only turn it on when I am done with work, and/or hanging out with my kids and I limit myself to 1 hour per day or a couple if it is the weekend. It is amazing how much you can accomplish in a day when you turn off the tv. Now when I do watch tv, I tend to stick with my favorites.
Schitt’s Creek is my all-time favorite tv show. It is seriously so funny, and Patrick & David are my all-time favorite television couple.
Then of course there is Friends, a tv list from a girl who grew up in the ’90s wouldn’t be complete without Friends.
Then of course there are reality shows which I LOVE. My recent obsession has been with RuPaul's Drag Race. I love the drama and fashion, plus I find it empowering.
I recently discovered Seinfeld, which is a show me and my husband watch at the weekends.
My daughter and I love This Is Us and Cobra Kai.
My kids and I love to watch Full House, Masked Singer, and Masked Dancer.
I have always loved music and will listen to anything except death metal and gangster rap. Pre-COVID I went to many concerts, over 70! I tend to listen to most of my music on Amazon Prime, which my husband bought the upgraded version, so we have access to the whole library.
I am obsessed with reading/listening to books. My goal is to read 70 books this year, and as of now I have listened to or read 16 books this year. I listen to most of my books but do have some actual books that I bring with me, or on my Kindle. I listen to anything, fiction, non-fiction, biography, and young adult. Currently, I am listening to "28 Summers" and just finished "Talking to Strangers"
I love adult coloring books. They are super relaxing and when I am feeling creative, they are my go-to for relaxation. Below are some of my favorite books as well as pens/pencils and cases to hold everything in.
Trolls Coloring Book (my all-time favorite)
Clothes & Make-up Shopping
I love to shop and have an unhealthy addiction to Amazon Prime. Pre-COVID I went actual shopping a lot more than I do now. But given that I live in Central California where we have been in the most restrictive tier for close to a year, I rarely get to go out and enjoy shopping anymore. I love clothes shopping (when I am at my goal weight, COVID has caused an 8-pound weight gain!). I have a Stitch-Fix account, but since I usually stay home, I tend to just wear what I already have instead of buying new expensive things. However, when I did work outside the home, Stick Fix was my go-to for nice clothes. Now, I stick to Amazon, and occasionally make a trip to Kohls for a wardrobe refresher.
Additionally, even though I stay home a lot, I still LOVE to do my make-up. I love to go to Ulta Beauty and Sephora to buy the current trends. My favorite make-up items are below.
Home renovations & Decoration
For the past 7 months, my husband and I have been slowly renovating and completing mini-makeovers in our house. I bought the house 11 years ago, and it needed many minor/major repairs that we never got around to doing either because of time or money. Now that the kids and I are home more, I need/want to enjoy my surroundings and we have been working on making things nicer.
The hall bathroom got a major bathroom makeover that was LONG overdue. I wish I had taken before and after pictures because the transformation was insane!
We are fortunate enough to have 2 different living rooms in our house. One is upfront and is our “viewing room” where we spend time together and watch tv. It needed new floors since the last flooring update was 11 years ago and the carpet had seen better days. My husband and his friend ripped out the old carpet and refinished the beautiful hardwood floors. This led to me being able to decorate and turn our once seldom used room into a room that we love to go in to relax and recharge.
After those two renovations, we started in the back half of the house where our second living room is. This is our multi-function room and includes our mini home gym, dining room, and office. After we rearranged things around, I got to my home office in shape. Check out my other blog post for my favorite office supplies.
Next up are our bedroom and bathroom, which we started last weekend. We aren't quite finished yet, but I am in heaven! It is amazing the power of paint and a few new accessories.
Board games with my kids
When I say “kids” I need to clarify that my “kids” are young adults who live at home. My daughter is in her senior year of high school and my son is permanently disabled and will likely be living with us forever. My son and I have always enjoyed board games and try to play at least a few times a month. It is a fun time to connect and relax on the weekend without having the tv on. We love any board game that is themed with Harry Potter. We also love Monopoly and Uno.
I have always loved to play video games. I grew up with Atari and the first Nintendo system. I have never been into “shooting” or violent games though. I tend to stick to games like Sim City, The Sims, City Builder, any Mario game, and of course Candy Crush on my phone.
What relax and recharge list would be complete without sleep? As a teacher, my mind is pretty much dead around 7 pm. The past couple of months I have started a bedtime routine which starts around 6 pm.
6 pm Finish up with dinner and work, exercise. (I leave my exercise clothes on my bike, so I don’t go back to my bedroom and wakeup my husband who works the graveyard shift).
7 pm shower, skincare, while listening to a book
8 pm (or 7:30 if I haven’t washed my hair) watch some tv with my son/daughter.
9 pm Bedtime.
What are some of your favorite things to do when you aren’t working?