There are a few little gifts that come along with being a responsible adult. Those gifts are called stress, anxiety, and irritability. I've gotten my fair share of these gifts over the past few months. Life takes us for a ride sometimes, and we still have to hold on, while balancing work and a social life and sanity and all that jazz. It helps, if at the end of a long day, or week, or month, you can sit down and do something for yourself. These are a few of my favorite things to do when I've had an abundance of those gifts we talked about.
Read - Reading is a great way to sign off from the real world for a while. Not only is it relaxing (so relaxing that I often fall asleep) it's a great mental exercise. Too often we get caught up in emails and texts, but forget to actually read for the sake of it.
Take a Bath - A bath is one of the best things to do when you've got aches from tension or stress. It also helps you to feel fresh and clean. I'm a definite believer in the life-changing power of a LUSH bath bomb!
Use Your Hands - Making something can help ease your mind while also making you feel creative and establishing a sense of pride. Knitting, crocheting, beading, cross stitching, painting, coloring, or even working on a puzzle, there's something for everyone!
Drink Some Tea - Have you ever tried Celestial Season's Sleepytime Tea? I swear, that stuff is like a relaxation potion. One sip and I'm ready for bed. If you're looking to unwind, chamomile, peppermint, or any kind of caffeine free herbal tea should do the trick.
Purify - Have an at-home spa night! I can't tell you how great I feel after scrubbing, cleansing, and slathering my face in moisturizer. Exfoliating, painting your nails, or doing a hair treatment are great ways to feel pretty and pampered.
Stretch - When I need a break, I take a minute for some yoga and do a Sun Salutation exercise. It's simple, quick, and will have you feeling calm, strong, and focused in no time.
Snuggle - Never underestimate how nice it is to spend a little time cuddling with a pet, your boo, or a comfy blanket!
Reflect - I recently got a book of quotes from Rumi, a poet and mystic of the 13th century. His poems are a great way to remember what matters, and to reflect on the beauty of life. You can reflect by looking at old photographs, writing in a journal, reading the scriptures of your choice, or anything that keeps your heart in the right place.
What are your favorite ways to unwind?