I’ve realised that when life gets hectic or stressful it’s very easy to let little self-care and relaxation moments slide, so I’ve decided to make a conscious, regular effort to pamper both my body and mind which will hopefully help keep me feeling more relaxed and happy.
So here’s 5 easy things you can do to help if you’ve hit that mid-week slump and are feeling tired or stressed:
1. Take Action!
I find having an unorganised life leads to a busy and uncomfortable brain:
- Make separate to-do lists for home and work to clear your mind, which will help you feel more in control and calmer OR
- Write a list of events and places you would like to go to which will make you focus on more enjoyable things OR
- What do you want for the future? Taking some time out to assess where you are and where you want to be is proactive and therefore can make you feel more positive. (Think about what aspects of your life you are happy with and want to keep, what you currently have in your life that you don’t want and what you don’t have in your life that you would like).
2.Rest and Repair!
A home spa session can work wonders to lift the spirits:
- Turn the lights off, light some candles and have a long, hot shower with some indulgent shower oil or a nice soak in the bath.
- While you are in there, exfoliate your face and body – I find it’s amazing how scrubbing your body can feel cleansing, like you are rubbing away your worries or stress.
- Pop on a face mask and massage some treatment or coconut oil through your hair while it does its work.
- If you have any facial oils or serums, really massage it into your skin for a few minutes before applying your moisturiser.
- Then do the same for your body – really massage your legs, feet, hands and arms where I find you can carry a surprising amount of tension!
Distract and focus elsewhere:
Occupying your mind by reading is almost like meditating because it makes your brain focus on one specific activity.
Do you have a favourite warm drink – hot chocolate, milk or herbal tea – something you find comforting…. Go up to your bed with a good book, wrap yourself up in the cocoon of a soft blanket and transport your mind somewhere else for a while!
Music to feed the soul:
Music can be both amazingly stimulating or soothing.
Now I love heavy rock music, but actually when I really need to relax I put on Chopin!
Trust me it takes your brain floating off into another place and has such a relaxing effect.
Fragrance to feed the senses:
Scented candles or my personal favourite, an aromatherapy diffuser which puffs fragrant oils into the air, gives a soothing vibe.
I find the soft light and beautiful smell, in combination with lovely music and a relaxing activity can really rejuvenate me and I love mixing my own concoction of aromatherapy oils depending on my mood!
When tired or stressed its easy to want to lock yourself away from the world:
It’s very easy to feel like you’re on that hamster wheel when your week mainly consists of work, dinner and bed – so even if you’re feeling tired, making the effort to connect with others can really lift your spirits.
Calling a friend you find uplifting and fun can be really therapeutic. If for instance you’ve been struggling at work, catching up with what’s going on in their life can help remind you what’s important and keep things in perspective.
I hope some of my suggestions are useful, I’ve not mentioned anything ground breaking I know, but these little rituals and activities are so easy to forget about when the chaos of life takes over!
….and of course there’s always wine, chocolate & Netflix 😉