Monday, 24 December 2012

5 Ways to Relax After a Long Day

5 Ways to Relax After a Long Day

By Lisa A Mason

After a long, grueling day--physically or mentally--all most of us can think about is getting our relaxation on. It's what gets us through those last hours that, let's face it, seem to take twice as long as normal. Yet after dealing with impossible bosses, kids who need fed, light bulbs that need changing and so much more, it can be hard to just unwind.

In fact, it can be even more difficult to figure out exactly what will we can do to make the day melt away and put us in a relaxed mood.

Here are five suggestions to help you unwind:

1. Get a Foot Rub

A little foot rub goes a long way, especially if you have been on those puppies all day. Get your nearest and dearest to pamper you a bit with a nice foot massage. Bonus points to those who rub scented lotion into your feet.

Don't have anyone to volunteer for this bit of pampering? Use a foot massager to give your poor feet a little bliss.

2. Sit Outside

Sometimes all we need to relax is to simply do nothing. But that can be hard to do inside, where there is always something left to be done. Try sitting outside and just listening to the neighborhood or sounds of nature winding down for the day. Soon your mind and body will follow suit.

3. Bake

Yes, cooking is essentially doing something, but there is something about baking that is relaxing. Maybe it's the added warmth from the oven or the comforting smells. Pick an easy recipe. No need to get wound up with something new or difficult. You can spend the time between batches flipping through a magazine or just daydreaming.

4. Read a Book

Nothing takes the mind off of our troubles or to-do list like a good book. Avoiding any literature that requires too much concentration. Curl up in your favorite chair, light a special candle with a homey fragrance and get lost in the storyline. You'll feel all the better for it.

5. Take a Bubble Bath

Even better than a nice warm bath is one with scented bubbles. That's why bubble baths are a classic relaxation technique. You can let your muscles loosen while drifting in a wave of calm. Up the peaceful mood with scented candles, lotions and soaps. Lavender and vanilla a great scents for relaxation.

You can add a little relaxation to those long days with the great gifts, candles, scents and soaps at Fine Gift Soaps. These are also excellent gift ideas for that special someone on your list.

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