A Night for You
8 Tips for Creating a Night of Relaxation
It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner. While we hope you have been remembering to take good care of yourself, we also know it is easy to get sidetracked by the extra things that need to get done this month. In an effort to help keep you focused on self-care, we’d like to suggest taking a night just for yourself. Spending time relaxing and nurturing yourself is always important, but especially during busy or stressful times. When you are well rested and in a good frame of mind, everything else will seem more manageable.
Here are eight ideas to help you plan a night for yourself:
- First and foremost, disconnect. Turn off the cell phone, the computer, and the television. Eliminate the things that may distract you from focusing just on yourself. Whatever you have on your to-do list can wait until tomorrow.
- Treat yourself to a massage. Nothing says stress relief like massage, and you will feel cared for and pampered when you are done. And just imagine how nice it will feel to work out the tension in your muscles.
- Make yourself a fabulous, healthy dinner and enjoy every minute of it. Eat in silence and tune in fully to what you are eating. Eat slowly and enjoy the smell, taste, and texture. Appreciate your ability to prepare such good food.
- Light scented candles. Lavender, pine, and jasmine are all good choices for relaxation.
- Drink chamomile, lemon balm, or passionflower tea. All are known to help ease stress and anxiety and promote relaxation.
- Enjoy a long, hot bath with soft music and candles. Try some relaxing bath salts or natural scrubs. For an easy homemade bath concoction, mix ¾ cup of Epsom salt, ¼ cup of baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Put your best sheets on the bed and make your bed just the way you want it. If it’s chilly, toss the sheets in the dryer for a few minutes to warm things up.
- Crawl into bed earlier than you usually do. Give thanks for the life you have and focus on getting a good night’s sleep. Turn off the lights, and listen to peaceful music if that will help you fall asleep. Drift off into slumber knowing you are worth the night of self-care, and sleep well.
It has been a busy month so far, and the next two weeks may be even busier. Remember to think back to the holiday expectations you created earlier in the month and check to make sure you are on track. If you find yourself getting pressured to do more, spend more, eat more, or be more, remember that you can say no. It is okay to set limits and stick to them. Focus on the basics – eat well, exercise, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep, and stay in touch with the positive people in your life. Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to yourself.
Next time we will talk about carving out a space for yourself at home if it feels like the holiday is crowding you out.
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