I love that self-care has become a topic that more and more people are talking about and doing. It is something that has made such a big difference in my life and I am now as consistent as possible in dedicating time to focus on relaxing and re-centering. Since weekends are family time for my family, I like to take the time after a hectic week to unwind so I can fully shift into weekend mode and be present.
It is not always easy, so I thought I’d share a few ways that I have found helpful to unwind and relax.
Take a long bath
When I think of unwinding and relaxation, I think of a nice long bath. A nice bath really eases tension in the body and I can feel stress just melt away. It is even more relaxing if you take the time to thoroughly clean your bathroom so it feels like a spa, light some candles, make some herbal tea, then run a hot bath using essential oils and bath salts. I also love to play some ‘spa music’ gently in the background and do some deep breathing exercises.
Even just writing this out and imagining this is making me feel relaxed!
Pamper your skin
During a hectic week, needless to say a luxurious skin pamper session is not at the top of my priority list. I know that when I do take the time for it, however, I feel so much better. If you are the same way, take the time before the weekend rolls around for yourself! Do a face mask (or two), do a nice exfoliating scrub and give your skin that extra attention. A jade roller is a tool that is also wonderful incorporate, as it aids in lymphatic drainage and just feels like a wonderful face massage.
Watch a great movie to distract yourself
When your mind is so used to ‘go, go, go’ and ‘what’s next?’, it is not always easy to bridge the gap from that to pure relaxation. Watching a great movie is a wonderful way to get lost in a story and distract yourself from a racing mind. So settle in, get cosy, and select a movie that will require your full attention and naturally relax your mind. If you love drama movies for example, check out streaming services like CHILI, it has plenty of movies to choose from of all genres.
Order in and take a break from cooking
The kitchen is some people’s happy place, while it is a source of stress for others. If you want a break from cooking, order in when the weekend rolls around so you can have a night off! That way, you free up time to do other activities that help you unwind and relax.
Go to bed and enjoy long hours of restorative sleep
As we all know, getting quality sleep is one of the best things that you can do for your body and mind. When you are asleep, your body gets the chance to restore itself and in turn, better support you when you are awake and active. So after a hectic week, take that time to rest and get to bed early. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and start your weekend on a much better foot than you would if you woke up feeling exhausted.
I have found that these things really do help to relax and prepare for a great weekend.
What do you like to do to help shift into weekend mode?
~this post was written in collaboration with Emily Jones~