Friday 5: How To Unwind Tonight


It’s been a hectic week and maybe you’ve been counting down the hours to the weekend since Friday. I know I have.

I’ve reached a week where my energy is drained and I am running low on enthusiasm, and the school run seems extra challenging. I am exhausted! I will definitely be looking at ways I can release dodgy energy and unwind in time for a lovely weekend.

Here’s my plans for this evening and maybe you’ll find something useful too:

1. Sit still in silence and breathe. I’ve not quite made the transition to meditation, but I do love to sit and enjoy silence. Once my children have gone to sleep, I like to switch the TV off and dim my lights. I put my phone on silent and spend a few minutes taking in the peace around me. I tend to over-think and over-analyse different situations in the week, but there comes a point when I need to clear my mind and rest my thoughts. Allowing my thoughts to calm down, by removing all distractions and triggers, really helps me feel less on edge and more relaxed. Try it.

2. Write a Gratitude List. Earlier this year, a friend introduced me to a book called ‘Just Ask The Universe’ by Michael Samuels. In this very simple guide on how to use the Law Of Attraction, he suggested the idea of writing a gratitude list and thank the Universe for everything you have ever received. I’ve done this on occasions where I needed to boost my mood and it does exactly that. By writing one at the end of the week, it can help me turn the stressful week I thought I had into one which was positive and productive. It is all about perspective and a gratitude list can help you focus on the silver lining in that cloud you’ve been hiding under. Give it a go.

3. Write a Manifest List. Now that you’ve figured out that you have indeed received some amazing things from the Universe this week, maybe you’re more clearer about the things you want. I have a ‘Want List’ that I haven’t referred to for some time, so perhaps I could revisit that and give it an update. I do believe that by writing these things down, I am sending energy into the Universe and, of course, it will only respond to those vibrations with the energy it receives. Make it positive and be intentional about it.

4. Write affirmations for the week ahead. I love affirmations. I have some written on post-its on my bedroom wall. I write them in my writing book or save them on my mobile phone. I like that they are accessible. I like that they are a few simple words thrown together to create something powerful. I’m going to write affirmations for the week ahead, based on my experience of the week that has passed. I like to say affirmations out loud, maybe 3 times (my preferred number) before I even step out of my bed. Start your days with positive intentions by planning ahead now. Start with “I am…”

5. Take time to unwind. My evening looks a little bit like this: bubble bath, relaxing music and switching off from the world. I’ve had a week of highs and lows, which is not unusual but I am exhausted and in need of rest. A little bit of writing before bed will ensure I am not tossing and turning with unresolved thoughts and feelings running around in my head. Did I tell you I’m an overthinker? I spend a lot of time alone and so don’t get much opportunity to offload, which is where my writing book comes in handy. Have a go.

I do love lists, have you noticed? They help me focus and I feel like I have achieved something when I can cross them off. Different things work for different people, and this is what works for me.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. dray0308 says:

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    Here is what Exclusively Annika is doing to unwind and relax. What do you do to relax?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Deb says:

    I started to do Yoga at night and find it quite a peaceful way to unwind from the crazy day! Enjoy your evening!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Annika Spalding says:

      I have considered Yoga. I sometimes suffer with lower back pain so I wonder if Yoga would help with that too?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Deb says:

        This is what I have just started doing…I love it! You can go at your own level…

        Liked by 1 person

  3. foguth says:

    Excellent advice, which we all can benefit by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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