Posted by Corine.
Work and life in general can be a great source of stress and the problem with stress is that it sticks to you until you take action to kick it out of your system! Yoga classes, breathing exercises and night time meditations just won’t do it when you wake up in the morning and realise you have to deal with a long day at work filled with crap and stress… buckets loads of stress! So before the feeling becomes too overwhleming and you still have a clear and rested mind, try following these few simple steps to start your day the best way possible.
- Set you alarm 10 minutes earlier than usual as you do not want to have to rush to get out of the door… we are trying to start the day stress free after all!
- Run yourself a warm bath and close the bathroom door so the room gets warm. (Sort out your outfit for the day or set up the breakfast table while you wait for the bathtub to fill up to save yourself time)
- Soak in the warm bath for 5-10 minutes surrounded by silence (if at all possible!)
- Breathing slowly and fully, focus your mind on the sensation of your body floating and your muscle relaxing in the warm water.
Beginning the day with a few minutes to wake up my mind and my body in a gentle way and in a relaxed and non-rushed environment has become an important part of my morning routine and it really helps me to tackle the day ahead!
For further relaxation and muscle relief, I like to add Epsom Salt to the water. It breaks down into magnesium and sulphate which are believed to get into your body through your skin to help relax and soothe muscles and loosen stiff joints. Westlab Pure Mineral Bathing offers a range of salts that treat aching muscles, itchy skin, etc. They are available at Boots at £2.49 for 1KG bag.
Also make the most of aromatherapy by adding essential oils to your bath so you can inhale the oils that evaporates in the warm bath water. Only choose essential oils that are gentle on the skin like lavender (Lavandula anguvstifolia) or roman chamomile (Chamaemelum mobile). The essential oil of your choice should be mixed with a blending oil before it is added to the water (5 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil). Tisserand Aromatherapy have a great range of quality essentials oils and organic blending oil on their website. Essential oils are a powerful remedy for many ailments so make the most of them by carefully researching which one suits your needs and always respect the label instructions and general guidelines.
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