This is one of my absolute favorite things to write about. Ever since I was a little girl I've loved the idea of one day owning my own spa. It's still a dream of mine to this day! I love everything about spas. The music, the serene atmosphere, the cucumber water, all the plants, the fact that the sole purpose of being there is to relax and leave feeling better than you came in. I often listen to spa music, use my diffuser, and add more and more plants around our house to make it feel more spa-like. I love the idea of creating a living space that relaxes you the moment you step inside. With tons of green plant life, soft lighting, nice music, and relaxing places to sit down and breathe. That is my ideal home and I'm always adding small things here and there to help achieve that. That's one of my versions of "me time". Bringing home a new plant, or a new bubble bath, or a bottle of wine and really taking the time to care for my mind, body, and spirit have become some of my favorite ways to practice self-care. Here are a few ways that I unwind after a long and stressful day (or week).
1. Tackle your stressor - If work is stressing me out, or if the thing that's stressing me out IS in my control, I get it done before the weekend comes around. My stress level decreases almost instantly when I get a load of work finished and off my back that I don't have to carry into the next week. I know this doesn't sound like the best tip for an "unwind" post but I don't think you'll feel the true benefits of the next few tips unless you've taken care of what's stressing you out, again, only IF it's in your control. If not, that's ok! This post will give you the tools you need to breathe and get through it with low stress.
2. Light exercise - I always feel better after a yoga session. I'll link my favorite one here. It's 15 minutes and so nice to get your body stretched out and get some endorphins flowing. Light exercise has a way of bringing me out of a stress slump almost everytime. I like to think that I'm the kind of person that handles stress well, if and only if I've been taking care of my body and exercising.
3. 5-minute spa transformation - Grab your diffuser, find a spa playlist, turn your salt lamp on, grab a non-stressful magazine, some bubble bath, a face mask, and a glass of lemon water (I love having a tall glass of ice cold lemon or cucumber water with me in the bath. So refreshing!) and if you're a wine girl, grab a glass of wine too! Always be careful drinking wine in a bath. If your bath is too hot, the hot water along with the alcohol can easily dehydrate you so make it a small glass and make sure you bring your water with you! If you have high blood pressure do not drink wine in that bathtub. I love putting a diffuser on the bathroom counter with lavender while I'm running a warm bath and turning off any harsh lighting. Above you will notice I said "non-stressful magazine" because I don't think there is anything relaxing about the gossip and drama that so many magazines are full of. I would recommend a home & garden magazine, the magnolia journal, or if you can get your hands on it, this "organic spa journal" is amazing! So many great articles and the entire magazine is about spas and self-care which is perfect when you're trying to create that environment.
4. If you need more alone time, don't be afraid to take it - Before I was married I lived with my parents but at the end of the day I valued my alone time so much. When I got married, having someone to hang out with and go to bed with every night is such a blessing and seriously SO fun but every once in a while I need my alone time. I have the best husband in the world and we are pretty inseparable but every once and a while he goes and plays tennis or meets up with a friend and I value that time that I get to myself for a couple hours. I put on my favorite tv show, pour a glass of wine and just let myself chill. It's almost like a recharge for my system where I don't have to work, I don't have to do anything or be worried about someone else for a couple hours. I think we ALL need time like that. I know it helps my stress levels a ton when I take that time to recoup from a long day.
5. Get outside - This is my biggest tip. Nature is therapy to me. We have started going on long walks with my parents almost every weekend and it's been so nice. We live near a beautiful state park by the beach and it's always relaxing to go take an hour or so long walk through all the beautiful lush greens and just breathe for a bit. Not to mention walking is great exercise! If it's cold or there are other reasons you can't get outside much, go pick up a few new plants at the home improvement store! I love snake plants, fiddle leaf figs, and succulents. Easy to take care of for the most part and It always relaxes me to have green plant life all around my house. Plants clean the air as well, so just another excuse to go buy a few. You're welcome! ;)
6. Don't forget to vent - Whether I'm talking to God, my husband, my mom, a best friend, etc. I ALWAYS feel better if I've expressed why I'm stressed and got some helpful opinions or encouragement. If you surround yourself with uplifting people that you trust and know want the best for you, there is no harm in venting or talking through a stressful day. I talk through EVERYTHING. I've never been one to bottle things up but I know quite a few people who are bottlers. Bottling things up does absolutely no good. You can't have it all together all the time and you were never supposed to be able to. Give it to God and then talk to your spouse or your mom or your best friend, and let it go. Getting stressful things off your chest will instantly lift a weight and allow more space to breathe.
Be sure to go checkout my Spa Pinterest board if you're like me and sometimes just looking through photos of a spa relaxes you. Ha!
Thanks so much for reading!