Attitude of Gratitude {series} Day 5

We gained an hour today! What did you do with your extra hour? I slept. But I know me; I am going to be struggling with this time change for the next five days. It happens to me every time. I will have this dull headache, my stomach will feel like I just got off a rollercoaster and I will be a little more tired than usual.

In order to try and get a jumpstart on this, I laid low today. I declare Sundays as Self-Care day usually but today I made sure I stuck to it. I drank a few cups of my favorite tea, I took a detox bubble bath complete with one of my favorite bath bombs, I listened to Christmas music, I did a couple face masks and I am going to bed early. It is so important to recharge yourself and to get ready for the week ahead. Spend some time alone with your thoughts and relax. You will feel so much better. We know that we can pour from an empty cup, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Sundays are the day that I reclaim for myself.  Remember that self-care isn’t selfish, it is a necessity.

The Top 3 things I do to recharge:

  1. Drink a glass of hot tea with lemon and local honey. Not only will this help soothe your throat and aid against the common cold with the changing of the seasons, it will force you to relax. You are not going to chug a cup of hot tea. You are going to sip it and enjoy it. Naturally, this will help you relax.
  2. Take a detox bubble bath. For this you will need some Epsom salts ( I like to use lavender because it is calming and relaxing), some bubble bath which I choose lavender for this as well. I like to also light one of my favorite scented candles while I am in the bath. If I am feeling extra stressed, I will add a bath bomb. Sometimes I play music while I am in the bath, other times I listen to an audiobook, and sometimes I just sit in silence. I usually only stay about 20-25 minutes, but I always come out feeling like a brand new woman.
  3. Journal. For me, there is nothing more therapeutic than a blank page in a journal. Just start writing, or drawing or whatever you feel lead to do. If you can’t get into it, allow yourself 20 minutes with a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Whatever you accomplish in that 20 minutes consider a win. This is one of the best stress relievers that I have.

I am so grateful for a day full of recharging.

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