10 Ways To Relax Before A Stressful Day
Whether you have a test, a job interview, or you have to manage 80 volunteers at an auction (that’s me!), it’s important to relax and take some me time the night before a stressful day. Your mind might be running at a thousand miles per hour, but you have to remember to take care of yourself before letting your thoughts consume the rest of your night.
I always end up envisioning nightmare scenarios in my head and wondering what I’d do if every terrible situation that could occur actually happened. Although it’s a good idea to mentally prepare for potential interview questions or possibly hellish predicaments, I’ve discovered that you can’t actually predict the future (shocker) and that it’s better to give your brain a little bit of rest instead.
Here are some of my relaxation tips
1. Make a list of everything you absolutely need for the next day: notebook, pen, phone charger, water bottle, snacks, etc. Cross them off as you pack them in your bag. Being prepared will enable you to feel more relaxed.
2. Choose an outfit and try it on. A lot of times, I’ll decide on an outfit at night, and it’s not until I get dressed in the morning that I realize it doesn’t actually look good. My mind feels more at ease if I already have my outfit planned ahead of time, especially for an interview.
3. Make a green smoothie for breakfast. Preparing a (healthy) breakfast the night before gives me one less thing to worry about in the morning.
4. Drink lots of water. No one likes a dehydration-induced headache on a big day.
5. Slap on a face mask. I like to cleanse the heck out of my pores because I kind of want to wake up without pimples, ya know? Plus pampering yourself is a great way to relax.
6. Netflix. I don’t think this needs explaining. I just finished the entire series of The Office (what am I supposed to watch now?) because a little bit o’ laughter (aka me cackling like a witch) always helps me unwind.
7. Turn off the electronics. Once you’ve finished your Netflix spree, turn everything off. Off.
8. Do a little yoga. Or just rest in child’s pose for a while (you might even fall asleep because it’s so comfy. It’s all good).
9. Try positive affirmations. Say to yourself, ‘I am totally owning this interview’ or ‘I am confidently leading 80 volunteers to make this the most successful auction ever.’ Say it in the present tense, as if you are actually doing it. Remove all self-doubt, and just remember that you are totally capable of anything.
10. Treat yourself. For me, a treat is green juice and a magazine. I rarely buy either because they ain’t cheap, but the juice makes me feel healthy and reading distracts my mind from what I have going on the next day. Choose a treat that will make you feel goooooood.
And there you go! These ten things always help me feel prepared and relaxed before nerve wracking events. One last thing – go to bed at a reasonable time. Tired, baggy eyes aren’t going to make you feel confident in the morning. Just sayin’ :)
When’s your next big day? Let me know in the comments!