Feeling tense and worn out is common to many people who don’t spend a lot of time relaxing. Without taking time out for yourself, the stress gradually builds up. Instead of getting frazzled and run-down, have a break and seek a few quick, tried and true pick-me-ups. Here are some ideas to help you chill out and return refreshed to face the world again.
Take a bubble bath. Find some favourite bubble bath, (spa quality if you can afford it), although it might even be one that your children use, as long as it creates bubbles and softness around you allowing you to relax. Bath bombs and ‘floating island’ type bubble bath products are also very effective. If you do not have a bath, just ensure you’re able to take a warm bath.
Eat some favorite and energising food. Food often provides the energy pick-up needed when you feel flat, and it helps to make you feel more content. Soup and broth is an ideal solution if you are on the run and have limited time, as you can heat some varieties in the microwave at home or work. If not, try your favourite easy meal. If you are cold, eat something filling and hot.
Light some scented candles. Cheap can be cheerful provided you smell the candle before you buy it – prefer beeswax, soy, or palm candles over petroleum and tallow candles, as these don’t emit poisonous fumes. Long or squat, the flickering flame will help soothe your mind.
Play a soothing CD or tape. Good sounds include those such as classical and perhaps whale or bush noises if you have access to such music CDs or downloads. Stay away from rock, opera, punk or pop music, unless you want to be energised.
Make your sleeping or living area comfortable. If you go to sleep after work, as soon as you get home, prepare your sleeping area by adding a hot water bottle or turning the heater up a little if it is cold, or open windows a few hours before you go to sleep if it is hot and let a fresh breeze blow through.
Watch a movie. Prepare snacks such as popcorn and your favorite drink. Pick out your favorite movie and try and notice things that you have never noticed before. If you’re really tired and you can watch TV in bed, do so!
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