Rest, relaxation and recuperation are incredibly important in a world where ‘work hard play hard’ is a key theme to getting what we want in life. The last couple of weeks at work have stressed me out much more than usual. Waking up at 5am panicking about the day ahead is never a good sign. I knew I needed to do something about it. I need to find a way to really relax.
I’m a big believer in switch-off time although I’m not very good at it. I’m always on my phone checking facebook, instagram and updating my pinterest boards. After the last couple of weeks I have found myself dehydrated, anxious and sleep deprived. Stress does different things to different people and whilst I am not someone who breaks out in spots I did start to notice little red blemishes on my skin. This was the final straw for me to realise I desperately needed to de-stress and actually relax.
Stress is a physical as well as a mental state of being. Physically, I hold my stress in my shoulders and back. It feels tense, tight and knotted. I feel a dull ache in my muscles without the niceness of it being exercise related. I love massages (who doesn’t?) but rarely treat myself to them. I think the last time I had one was on my friend Emma’s hen do. I think it was one of those quick 20minute type things. The sort that lightly touch the surface but never get to the deep tissues.
Taking time out for yourself is so important. Whether its a walk in the rain, a massage or simply a nice hot bath. It’s so important to have ‘you’ time. I’ve been looking at the massage treatment list of my local beauty salon De Luca all day. Thinking about what I can afford and what kind of massage I want. I’m leaning towards the ‘Extra Relaxing Aromatherapy Massage’ at £35 for 60minutes this is great value for money. It’s a full body massage starting at the feet and ending with the scalp and uses basil, chamomile and hazelnut essential oils for the aromatherapy part. It sounds absolutely divine and absolutely what I am in desperate need of.
I’m sat here with the delicate floral scent of a white fig and patchouli candle, a cup of tea and the delicious smells of supper cooking. I am feeling a little more rested and less stressed than I was on Friday but I have a long way to go. Its all about the little steps. Positive thinking, taking time for yourself, drinking enough water, eating good nutritious food and of course indulging in little treats every now and then.
How do you relax and switch off?