July 18, 2011 § 1 Comment
Its very rare that I feel stressed, or ‘burnt out’ as some people call it. However, this weekend made me realize that I might be in need of a little relaxation time. Sometimes its easy to get caught up in the routine of life without stopping to take a minute to breathe. It got me thinking about what things I like to do to relax and clear my head. I’ve never been a spa person; I’ve never even had a massage (I know, I know I’m missing out). Maybe that will change, but for now, here are a few simple things I do to relax…
~Paint my nails. I know it sounds silly, but I just love doing it. I always feel pampered with a fresh, new color on my nails 🙂
~Go out to eat by myself. I always used to feel sorry for people when I saw them eating out alone. But, after being forced to do this a lot when I’m traveling for work, I started to enjoy it. Now I choose to do this sometimes even when I’m not working, and it is very refreshing to sit and enjoy a meal in silence.
~Cooking/baking. Ok. Now I don’t pretend to be Giada or Rachel, but something about cooking up a yummy meal for great friends just makes me so happy. And anything involving dessert brings an instant smile to my face.
~Read a book that makes me think. For a long time I was stuck on the ‘chicklet’ novels with simple, easy to read stories that didn’t require much thought. Lately though, I’ve been reading books that inspire me. (My current favorite below.)
~Go for a run. Some days this is anything but relaxing, like the days where I have no energy and the thought of running even 1 mile makes me want to cry. But, most days I crank up my iPod (which has tunes on it anywhere from Zac Brown to 50 Cent, I’m so weird I know) and by the end of my run I feel like I could solve all the world’s problems, including my own.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax? xoxo