Monday, June 23, 2008
After a long day of hard work you probably feel a migraine coming on, but before you hit the pillow try this and you'll feel ready for tomorrow.
Fill your tub with warm water and add Epsom salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Grab a book that has nothing to do with your daily source of stress (i.e. avoid fashion magazines if shopping or trying to look perfect stresses you out).
Soak until you feel ready to face the world again. If you find sitting still difficult (anxiety often causes this), have a candle near the tub and try to focus on the flame and quiet your thoughts. Often silence aids this process. Or try some classical piano music if you can't stand silence. Commit to at least 10 minutes in the water.
When you're done, get out and put on some comfy sweats, wash your face with a facial cleanser and put on a hydrating mask (best not to do this in the tub as it will slide off with the excess moisture and heat from the water).
Moisturize with a rich moisturizer. Cocoa butter is an excellent choice. For extra dry skin add a body oil (plain almond oil works if you are sensitive to scent). Don't use anything too heavily scented -- the goal here is simple and chemical free. Try a few drops of lavender on your pillow to help you sleep.
If your hair is looking down then get some olive oil and mix it with one egg white and spread it over your hair, put your hair in a shower cap while you bathe and when you're done, rinse and shampoo.
Use Your favorite smelling bath bubbles.
Try not to watch the television if you need to get something done (like for work). If you do you'll probably be even more stressed out because you didn't get done what was needed to get done. Do this first so you can have a clear mind while relaxing