With the holidays fast approaching I’m sure most people’s stress levels are a little higher than usual so I decided to share some of my favorite ways to unwind after a stressful day and some ways that I practice self care. They go hand in hand. *Just a note, I am not affiliated with any of the products or people I mention in this post.
One of my favorite ways to unwind is a bath. I love a nice hot bath, a glass of wine and a scented candle or a few burning around the bathtub. I have a bath pillow, bath salts, bath bombs, and one of those trays that can hold a glass of wine and book.
I like to combine all the things above but they can also be done separately to unwind as well. Sometimes just reading is good or relaxing with a glass of wine or hot cocoa, depending on the mood and whether you drink or not.
Another one of my favorites ways to unwind is yoga. I follow the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel. The way she leads the practices is really soothing and relaxing and I love all the different videos she has. I have been following her for about five years and it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself.
Yoga is not only a way for me to unwind but it is one of the ways I practice self care. Another way I do that is through meditation. I like guided meditations because just sitting there in silence is not something that has ever worked for me. I like Kris Carr. She has two mediation albums “Extraordinary Meditations for a Magnificent Life” and “Self Care for Busy People Meditation Album”. The latter mentioned one is really great if you’re short on time. As the title mentions a lot of people are busy and may not have a lot of time for themselves or to do something for themselves but these meditations are very short so that even the busiest people can fit in a little time for some self care.
I also like journaling. I’ve always been a word person. I am pretty good at talking but I have always been able to express myself through writing. Plus with journaling there is no “right” way to do it. You can just write down bullet points of emotions that you’re feeling or pages and pages or anything in between. Whatever works and feels right for you and after writing down how I feel, I often feel a lot better about everything afterwards.
Pilates is also a way that I unwind and practice self care. I feel really good after working out and especially in the days after when all the different muscles are that good kind of sore. I follow Cassey Ho and her Blogilates. Her upbeat personality and never wavering enthusiasm during the videos is partly what keeps me going when they get really tough for me.
I hope some of these can help you. If you have a favorite way to unwind or have a self care practice you love feel free to share in the comments.