Monday, January 23, 2012


Now with the craziness of the holidays (the traveling, the shopping, the baking, the running around…you name it) behind us, what sounds better than some q-u-a-l-i-t-y R&R.  We all deserve and need rest and relaxation every so often, sometimes more so than we actually set aside for ourselves. It’s rewarding both mentally and physically to take a day (or even just a few hours) and kick off the shoes, make some hot tea, pour yourself a glass of wine or whatever your favorite calming beverage is and put the feet up! 

Here are a few of my favorites ways to unwind. 

  • Drink green tea and listen to light music – Make some of your favorite green tea and pop on some jazz or classical tunes.   Sit back and relax!
  • Read a good book. -  Burry yourself in a good classic or pick a new favorite.
  • Write in a journal – Writing down your thoughts is known to reap a lot of benefits, such as reducing stress, creating personal awareness and growth, to name a few.
  • Go for a walk (pending the weather – might be more relaxing when it’s warm and sunny or a cool spring evening) - Walking at least 30 minutes a day adds years to your life, clears your mind, and directs your focus.
  • Stretch your muscles – Stretching not only increases your range of movement, but also increases your circulation, reduces stress, and muscle tension.
  • Have your significant other give you a massage – Getting a massage relaxes injured, tired and overused muscles, releases endorphins, lessens depression and anxiety, and much more.
  • Cook and or bake - Cook a fun meal or bake your favorite dessert.
  • Turn on some fun music and dance – Though this one initially doesn’t fall under the category of rest and relaxation it can afterwards.  Here’s a five minute workout:  Rock out to your favorite song and then wind down with some light stretching and then a good book.  Dancing reduces stress, improves strength, and decreases blood pressure. 
  • Light some candles (or lights that look like candles for those with confined space) and take a bath - Warm water dilates your blood vessels and improves circulation, relieves aches and pains, helps you sleep.

Here’s to you and relaxing. You deserve it!

I think I’ll relax right now with a good book, some green tea and light music. =)

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