How do you decompress?
In other words, how do you relieve the pressures of the day?
My method is pretty simple, and it’s like medicine for me.
I like to go out on my back porch about an hour before nightfall with a good book. Just a book. No phone. No kids. Nothing else. The sounds of the day are slowly disappearing to be replaced by the noise of bugs, frogs, and owls. The air is cooler as the sun begins its slow descent.
I read my book until I can’t see the words any longer. Then I put the book down and just sit there for a few more minutes. I just sit there and watch the sky, look toward the woods for lightning bugs, or watch cars drive by. Sometimes I’ll pray. Other times I’ll just sit there and purposelessly think about nothing. Let the mind wander, so to speak.
After only about an hour to an hour and a half of this, I’m ready to go again. I’m better equipped to work late on a project, play with my kids, or just sit down and relax.
I think everyone needs some type of regular decompression time. It doesn’t have to be daily, but it should be a regular occurrence. Too much time without it, and stress will take its toll.
So, I ask again, how do you decompress?