Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and relax! Wether its taking a full day off like I describe in my How To Rest Well post or you just need a little pick me up, here are 7 quick things you can do at home to unwind any day of the week:
1. Rice Pack
Buy a rice pack online or stuff some rice in a clean sock, heat her up in the microwave, and pop it on your shoulders to ease tension in the neck and shoulders.
Take it to the next level by adding a drop of lavender to the sock or gently massage your shoulders after heating them up. Better yet have someone else rub them!
2. Breathe in, Breathe Out
When you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious, your breaths are most likely short and shallow. Take 5 minutes to do some deep belly breaths.
Count to 7 as you inhale, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and then take 7 seconds to exhale. Repeat multiple times until you feel yourself relax. This will bring your breathing to a nice, even tempo which will release endorphins and relax your muscles.
3. Foot Massage
By the end of a long day, your feet may have taken the most abuse if you’ve been on them all day. Soak your feet or take a hot shower and massage them with coconut oil. Seems simple, but its oh soooooo good. Kick it up a notch with this body scrub:
Stress-Away™ Body Scrub
10 drops Stress-Away™ essential oil*
1 1/2 cup brown or white raw sugar
1/4 cup carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, coconut)
*alternatively use lavender, peppermint, or your favorite essential oil
4. Brush Your Hair
No really. Doing something repetitive like brushing your hair, knitting, or painting your nails can slow your mind and help your body to relax. For those of us that love having our hair played with, giving it an extra brush may be just the thing to release some tension, especially before bed.
Sometimes all it takes is the smell of something heavenly to immediately unwind. Diffuse this blend and let your cares go to the breeze.
Unwind Diffuser Blend:
4 drops tangerine essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops vanilla extract
6. Eat the Chocolate
This is probably the best news you’ll hear today: munching on dark chocolate has been shown to reduce stress through a few studies. So go ahead, open that bar in your desk or bust out the chocolate chips from the pantry!
7. Relaxing Coconut Milk Bath
There’s nothing like a nice hot bath to make the tension evaporate. Do a simple bath with epsom salt and lavender or treat yourself with this coconut milk bath.
Coconut Milk Bath
1/4 cup ground oats
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp lime zest
7-10 drops lime essential oil
There’s never a bad time to treat yourself like the queen you are. So do something sweet for yourself at least once a day.
If you want more essential oil recipes or ideas for relaxation contact Elizabeth Bourassa for more info! She has graciously provided the essential oils recipes for this post.