We’ve all had those days where we’re running from one place to another, crossing things off our to-do list and being productive. Hit the gym, dress for the day, go to the office, stop at the grocery store or run some errands, make dinner, spend time with the kids, and then go to bed so you can be ready for it all again tomorrow! Whew, just writing about it is exhausting! Resolve to break the hectic cycle: turn off auto-play and take care of yourself! Whether you simply lie down with an eye mask for twenty minutes or indulge in a full spa day, make you-time a priority and make a point to enjoy life. Read on for tips to reset and find balance in your day.
Baths are often underrated, but they can aid a host of ailments. An Epsom salt bath will soothe sore muscles, ease mild tension, flush toxins from your body, and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep. Turn bath time into an at-home spa experience with a plush robe, aromatherapy essentials, and calming music. Give yourself a facial, grab a glass of wine, and soak up the benefits.
Massage and body wraps are other ways to soothe sore muscles and induce relaxation. If you don’t want to stress your budget, cost-effective electronic massagers offer various speeds and heat levels to accommodate your needs. Sit back and soak your tired feet in a foot spa, with percussion massage and heated bubbles. Aromatherapeutic body wraps can be applied hot or cold to reduce stress and physical pain. These are especially beneficial to the shoulders, neck, and abdomen, but can be used all over the body.
Gadgets and goodies aside, the easiest way to find relaxation – and it doesn’t have to cost a thing! – is simply lying down quietly. Known as Savasana or Corpse Pose in yoga, lying down on your back is the final resting pose of most asana classes and allows the body to process the physical movements and prepare for meditation. Unroll your yoga mat, tune in to your body, and take a few gentle movements. Find stillness in savasana, even for a few minutes. When you’re ready, meditation is renowned for its stress-busting abilities, and a cushion makes sitting still much more comfortable. The trickling sound of a fountain will help keep your mind focused.
It’s important to pamper your body and to promote mental wellbeing. Get outside and take a walk, being mindful to move slowly and let your mind wander – this is not the time to problem solve. Try slowing down even in mundane tasks such as doing the dishes or sweeping the floor. Done mindfully, these chores can become opportunities for rumination. Before you go to bed, write down several things that you’re grateful for. The tactility of handwriting is a welcome break from typing, and gratitude brings a feeling of contentment when we realize that what we have is enough. It’s amazing how even the smallest blessings can bring great peace.
When we take care of ourselves, we’re better able to serve others. Take small steps to a calm and centered you, and your loved ones will benefit as well.
-Chelsea, hayneedle.com editor