When I get home from work I like to completely unwind so that I am ready and renewed for a new day tomorrow…no aches, no pains, no stress, just a positive attitude and unlimted reserves of energy. Don’t you want this too?
Well if you have young children it may be hard to go to these lengths, but if your children are over 12 years of age or you don’t have any children than there are no excuses, you need to be spoiling yourself too.
Here is what I do to feel like I have just died, gone to heaven, come back again, died again, gone to heaven again, came back again and finally have been reincarnated as a superhuman being.
Drink a large glass of water
Do 10-15 minutes of yoga to stretch out my aching muscles. I am on my feet all day so I need to release all of that tension placed on my legs and back. This is the perfect way to not let that tension build up and prevent you from having no choice but to spend $100 at the massage therapist. Don’t know how to do yoga? I should show you! There are books, free resources on the internet, classes galor, dvds. But I should seriously show you some day.
Massage my feet. This is vital if you wear heels. I saw this on a television show years ago and it stuck with me. A woman was being interviewed because she held a class in New York teaching woman to walk in high heels and keep healthy feet. She told us that if you massage your feet and kind of stretch them out after every heel wearing, you can prevent problems later on such as bunions or other foot issues whatever they may be.
Tea! A whole pot of some non-caffeinated herbal tea. So nice to heat up my body and muscles aiding the relaxation process.
Surround myself with nice smells. Whether I throw a couple of drops of lavender oil on a candle or light incense, aromatherapy is inexpensive, easy and requires no physical time besides lighting a candle and throwing in a few drops. Don’t want to light a candle? Simmer water in a pot and throw 30 drops of lavender oil in until your entire house smells brilliant.
Chant. I am a Buddhist so this is my form of self-reflection at the end of the day. It’s kind of like a form of meditation. When I chant I focus on the wisdom to reflect upon my day and kind of review…what can I do better? where did I perform at my best? what am I appreciative of? what do I want to change about myself? I spend just 15 minutes and feel like all that mental stress completely disappears and turns into an action plan. Super helpful. If you are particularly interested in this, just email me and I’ll tell you more!
Over and out!