While I’m sure you’ve heard of these five relaxation tips, and even used them yourself, they often fall to the wayside when I get stressed. While this may seem silly, often trying to remember how to relax can be a stressful experience! I find it helpful to write a list of things that relax me, and things that energize me. This post is all about distressing
1. Take a nice bubble bath.
I absolutely love bubble baths, and they are a no-brainer when it comes to de-stressing. But I often find so many excuses on why I don’t have time to take one. But, when it comes down to it, after a bubble bath, I feel much better, and spend less time tossing and turning at night, trying to sleep. Plus, there’s nothing quite like a bubble bath –it’s luxurious, comforting, and makes me feel like a queen.
2. Get a pedicure.
With winter coming up, it can be tempting to shove my feet into boots and forget all about them. But as it is, I put my feet through a lot. A nice pedicure is a great way to take the tension out of my feet, feel prettier, and unwind. If you have the money to get a pedicure, that’s great. If you don’t, you can still do one on your own. They have foot baths just for this purpose.
3. Give yourself a facial
Ah, facials. This is one I definitely forget about. I love the feeling of a clay mask, aromatherapy steam, or other facial wonders. I am planning to get a facial from the Sage Day Spa this semester, but until then, I have a lovely avocado clay mask from Freeman, and some good old Cold Cream from Ponds
4. Take a nap
Who has time for a nap in this busy world? It sure can feel that way for me. But that being said, you don’t need to take a 2 hour nap. A 20, 15, or even 10 minute nap can do wonders. You don’t even need to fall completely asleep. Just resting your eyes can go a long way towards mental rejuvenation.
5. Deep breathing
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Take deep breaths,” more than one in your life time. But this really is important. Taking the time to close your eyes, and focus on your breathing, even for a couple minutes. I find that adding a good dose of aromatherapy to the mix can really help. While essential oils are great for this, a nice candle, or even a favorite perfume/cologne can do the trick.
And, like I said –I have plenty of resources for distressing –it’s just remembering and taking the time to use them. 🙂 Take a moment to relax -you deserve it!