It’d been several years since my last visit to Destin, and I’d forgotten how beautiful it is. The emerald-green water and the sugary white sand took my breath away.
There’s just something about the beach; the salt air, the crashing of the waves, the cry of the seagulls, and the ocean breeze all colliding together in a magnificent force that soothes me like nothing else.
Every morning, I set my chair in the sand and sat for hours, just taking it all in.
In the afternoons, I enjoyed naps and indulged in a glass of red wine and a brownie bite. (My new favorite snack.) And, every evening we watched the sun set over the ocean.
(And, I didn’t wear a bra all week! Well, except for the one day when I wore a white t-shirt…enough said.)
After only a day or two, I felt the cares of the world fade away.
My mind rested.
My body relaxed.
It was the perfect vacation.
I feared that with the return home, would also be the return of jaw-clenching, shoulder-tensing stress.
But, then I remembered my dreams of creating a more nurturing lifestyle, and suddenly, I wanted to bring home more than a suntan and seashells. I wanted to recreate that life of rest.
Since being home, I’ve started working on making that dream a reality. Here are 5 Ways to Relax at Home:
stretching/yoga – My morning routine now includes stretching in the warmth of the sunshine on the back patio. And, I’ve noticed my muscles are much more relaxed.
self-care– From getting good sleep, to skin care to a little pampering, I’m finding self-care goes a long way in boosting my mood; feeling nurtured and taken care of creates a sense of peace and well-being.
unplug– I’m making a conscious effort to step away from the computer at night and enjoy some down time with my family.
planning– I finally replenished my planner for 2015. Writing down goals and to-do lists clears my mind and makes me more productive.
mini vacations– Lunch with the girls, rocking on the front porch, reading a book, looking through family photos, a picnic…find time to do the things you enjoy. I got to do a couple of those things this week and they were the highlight of my week.
Adopting these practices has already made such a big difference. My days are so much more fulfilling, and (except for going back to bra wearing) I just feel so. much. better. A little sophisticated even.
Just in case you’re thinking of making a few changes too, I have a few tips to share:
- Let your routine evolve around your natural habits. What part of the day do you have the most energy? When are you most productive? Are there any “fixed” parts of your day?
- Leave some wiggle room in your schedule. Life happens. Instead of stressing about it, have some unscheduled time built into your day.
- Be okay with not getting everything done. If your new routine becomes legalistic, it defeats the purpose. Just reprioritize and start fresh.
- Adapt to change. Sometimes things outside of the ordinary break up our routine…travel, overnight guests, summer break for the kids, etc. Work around it the best you can.
However you choose to spend your days, I hope it includes making your dreams a reality.
See you in class,