Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ways I Like to Unwind

I don't know about you but getting my brain to relax and unwind in the evenings can be difficult. My brain is on constant processing and thinking about the next steps I need to take or do to be productive.  So I have a few evening practices/activities that help my brain slow down and go into relaxation mode. 

1. I like to take my makeup and put on comfy clothes. My family makes fun of me for how early I do this but I am up at 5:00 am every morning and then work out at 3:00.. so my most productive hours are from 6:00-2:00. So once I've done my work for the day, I like to take my makeup off so that I don't go anywhere or work on anything that's mentally draining. So regardless of what time you get home, once you are ready to unwind, try cleaning your face and changing into clothes that tell your body it's okay to relax. 

2. I take a hot shower or bath before I get comfortable. There is something about hot water on your body and putting it into total relaxation mode. This is something I've practiced for years so in the mornings once I get out of the shower my body knows it's time to wake up, and in the evening my body knows it's time to slow down. I've been taking a bath in the evening the past few days and have been loving that more than a shower. I bring my Kindle in and just relax and read for 15-20 minutes. 

3. I make myself a hot cup of tea.. there is nothing like a hot beverage in your hands to warm your body up. I've been loving making myself a hot beverage and then laying on the couch. I used to turn the TV on once I laid down but I am working to adopt the habit of reading for the majority of the evening. It's better for my brain. 

These are my staple practices/activities every night in order to unwind. A few others I love but don't do nightly are wearing a face mask and diffusing oils. All of these combined make for a very relaxed Abi. 😂  What ways do you like to unwind at night? 

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