Monday, February 9, 2009
Everyone needs a day off once in a while. But this is a treat- don't do it every week!
Get out that bubble bath and the radio. Draw a bath, of course with extra bubbles. Tune the radio to a relaxing station, light some candles or incense, and just relax! Don't clean, just soak your troubles away. Then wash your body with a refreshing-smelling body soap.
Whenever you are done soaking, get out, dry off, and get dressed in sweats and a T shirt, or whatever makes you feel comfy. Maybe lounge pants, floods or shorts.
Pull your hair back into a bun, and put on a headband. You want to make sure your hair is out of our face for these next few steps.
Rinse and pat your face dry.
Apply a facial mask. If you don't have one, make one (1/2 mashed up banana with 2 tbs. honey. Leave on for 10-20 minutes.) Then rinse. While you're waiting, read a good magazine.
Rinse the facial and pat your face dry. Now wash with a great toner (Neutrogena Acne Face Wash, $7 drugstores). Rinse well and pat dry.
Now, it's time for the nails. Remove any old nail polish from your finger nails and toe nails.
Rent or watch on TV a good chick flick. Paint your nails and eat yummy popcorn while doing this.
Get a tub of your favourite ice cream plus cookies and enjoy.
After the movie, read a good book for as long as you'd like.
After you've read, go to sleep, or, take a nice nap.
Meditation: Try meditating, or resting quietly with the goal of completely clearing your mind. You will inevitably start to think about something, just notice that, acknowledge it, and gently bring yourself back to a silent mind. Whatever you were thinking of will still be there when you leave this state, but putting it down for a moment, 5 minutes, or an hour, will re-energize your mind and help you to deal with any task.
Yoga: Some simple stretching of the body can do wonders to relax muscle tension as well as mental tension.
Spray on your favorite perfume/body spray all over your body and clothes.
Tell everyone in the house that you're doing this, so they don't disturb you.
If you don't like popcorn or ice cream, make a hot hot chocolate with whipped cream on top.
Don't feel like renting a movie? Check to see if any good movies are on TV, or watch a favorite movie that you own!
You can replace these clothes items with anything you want, as long as it's comfortable. Pajamas work fine too, if you're doing this later in the day.
If you have a CD player near your bathroom, put the CD in there, and turn it up so you can hear it. This may be safer than actually having it in your bathroom.
If you don't have bubble bath, shower/bath gel or bar soap work great too.
Snack types can vary, so if you prefer veggies and dip, over chips and popcorn, go for it! This is your day, after all!
If you want, invite a few friends over for watching the movie, so you can have fun together.
Try doing this on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday), or in the evening.
If you don't like to read talk on the phone or take a calming walk!
This guide was intended for women, because men may not find it very relaxing to watch a chick-flick (boring yes, relaxing, no) or use bubble bath. But, if you're a man and find these things relaxing, these steps will probably work for you, too.
If you don't unplug your phone, pager, etc. you will be interrupted'. Make sure everyone knows where you are and not to bother you, so you won't have to tell them while you're in the tub or something.
After working hard, every woman deserves a break. Here's how to have yourself a great relaxing evening- without getting disturbed!
Finish all the things you had planned for the day that were absolutely essential for you to do. If you have something on your mind that's bothering you, it will be very hard to relax and enjoy yourself.
Tell everybody you live with(if you don't live alone) not to bother you.
Turn off cellphones, pagers, phones, messenger, computers,etc. You don't want to be interrupted during your evening.
The best thing to do to begin the relaxation process is to take a bath. The bath is not meant to cleanse, but mostly to relieve tension, so if you need to wash your hair, shave, etc. its better to do this before you begin.
Turn on some relaxing music, light some candles, read a book, have a glass of wine and some chocolate, or simply relax.
Stay in your bath for as long as you want.
When you get out, dry off, smooth on some sweet smelling body lotion and change into some comfy clothing.
Pull your hair back into a ponytail, if the length allows, or simply push back with a headband.
Wash your face with a good cleanser, exfoliate, tone and out on a great face mask. Search on wikihow for some great face mask recipes. Leave on for about 15-20 mins. read a book or magazine while you wait.Wash off with warm water and apply some moisturizer.
Rent a good chick flick(or any other type of movie you enjoy), make some popcorn or other snacks, curl up with a blanket and enjoy. You may want to give yourself a manicure or pedicure while you do this.
After the movie is over, make sure you have a warm, clean bed to go to. Grab a book, turn on some nice music. Make sure you turn off the music before you fall asleep though.
Find some great recipes for fast, yummy and nutritious foods that you would enjoy having, or simply curl up with your favorite dessert or a tub of chocolate ice cream.
When taking a bath to make it even more enjoyable, try adding a few drops of essential oils. Check for oils that will give you the desired effect(relaxing, invigorating,etc.)
To make your bath even more enjoyable and leave your skin baby soft, smooth and supple, combine the juice of 2 lemons, 1 cup of milk, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oils, and some cinnamon, or another spice to add a scent.
Just relax, and don't think about anything that could ruin your treatment-school, work, bills, etc.
Find a night when you have absolutely nothing to do. Unless you do your spa in the afternoon. If you do the spa in the afternoon, make sure you keep track of time. It would stink to be in the middle of your facial mask and have to go running out somewhere.
Do not fall sleep in the bath.
Do not do this and neglect other work you may have to do!
If you are allergic to any products mentioned above, do NOT use them, as it can cause serious injury.