It’s the end of a long day, the kids are in bed, and you sit on the couch, staring at your phone to unwind at the end of your day. Sound familiar? It’s what I do most nights because I find it relaxing, but lately, scrolling through social media is causing me more anxiety and worry. I started to find myself craving a different outlet to unwind; something that didn’t require me staring at a phone or a TV – so I began to color.
Isn’t coloring for kids? The fun news is that there are a plethora of adult coloring book options online. There are coloring books full of mandalas, nature themes, ocean themes, even comedic relief (affiliate links) that contains a lot of adult language. There are also many options for colored gel pens, colored pencils, or markers to fill your coloring books with all sorts of colors. Who knew how relaxing it could be to choose a sparkly blue gel pen to fill in my mandala – a pleasant surprise!
In addition to adult coloring books, I’ve been enjoying the logic/puzzle (affiliate link) type of books. Admittedly, I don’t use this resource as often as coloring because, by the end of the day, my brain is tired! But every once in a while, I’ll find myself engrossed in trying to figure out a puzzle.
What other ways do folks unwind? Some enjoy a nighttime specific yoga flow. Night yoga flows are specifically made to help your body and mind release the day’s tension and make your nighttime slumber easier to come by. I typically search on YouTube for my yoga flows but I’ve also enjoyed yoga videos on Amazon Prime.
If you do need or want to scroll on your phone, perhaps researching for a fun family adventure will help you start to wean off the obsession with social media. I personally enjoy planning family trips, no matter the size of the trip, so I will occasionally look on AirBnB for a fun place to rent and then research the city for family-friendly activities.
Whatever your methods to unwind at the end of your day, try to make sure it’s an activity that truly allows you to relax. It’s likely going to allow you to sleep better and help you feel more refreshed for your next day!