Wednesday, January 20, 2016

6 Tips for Letting Yourself Do Nothing

There are times when you a running so much that you feel like there isn't time to really relax. I 
mean as a blogger even days off are a filled with picture taking, writing and research. But some days, when running on too little sleep and coffee you just need to stop...and that's okay.
1) Let it go. Not to sound like Elsa, but really, let it go. You're allowed to be worn out, to need some me time and to step back from responsibility. Even if you don't have a whole day you can pick a little chunk of time to do any of my next steps and just be. Even an hour or two of stopping and unwinding can recharge you're mind.

2) Pour some tea. Pick one of your favorite teas (or any hot drink), put it in a cup that makes you happy (mine says Do Your Best. and sit down. Every year I stock up on Nutcracker Sweet, a seasonal blend, by Celestial Seasonings. I have loved this tea since I was little, so though it's not a very strong blend, it makes me feel cozy with a spot of honey and a splash of almond milk.

3) Pick a feel good movie. We all have those movies we like that just make us feel relaxed and a little fuzzy from the all around nature of the film. I love Leap Year. It's set in Ireland, has Amy Adams in it and features some of my favorite weather, which is grey and rainy. I recommend this with step 2!

4) Turn off. When I'm really run down leaving my phone on the other side of the room, where I can't scroll while watching TV and possibly forget about my tea. I find that if I have my phone sitting next to me I will pick it up, so I move it across the room.

5) Run a bath. There is nothing like a bubble bath. One of my favorites is Unicorn Horn from Lush. They came out with this for their last Valentine's range and it's back again. I stocked up last year and used them both times I was in Washington State, so when I smell the blend of Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Neroli it takes me back to those times of relaxation.

6) Close your eyes. There is something lovely about a chilled eye mask. Most of us rarely close our eyes to do anything more than sleep. So to sit with a cooling eye mask either in a bath or under a cozy blanket, maybe while listening to some music, is a treat! Honestly, I tried this the other day and it was so peaceful. I can't remember what brand mine is, but this one was the closest from Bausch + Lomb.

I hope these tips have been helpful for you and that you can put some of these into practice for 
yourself. Now that I've written this I am planning to take my own advice, make some tea, have some breakfast and allow myslef to be still. Tell me what you do to relax and how you make time!

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