If you know me, you know I have a really hard time unwinding. I’m not highly strung by nature, but I just have a hard time feeling relaxed even when I feel calm. The two main things that stress me out even in my downtime are:
-SCHOOL IS COMING AND I KNOW IT. Even on the very first day of Summer, I am already 100% aware that school is still coming.
-Guilt. I feel guilty when I’m not doing anything! I know there’s stuff I need to get done (because there never isn’t) and I have trouble stepping back and taking time for myself (or enjoying that time, at least).
Here are my tricks for beating anxiety when I have downtime:
-Painting, baking or making music! If I’m creating something, I don’t feel so badly about not doing anything but I’m still relaxing.
-Drinking hot chamomile tea! This one is better for end of the day relaxing because it will make you sleepy and it might be hard to snap out of it.
-(Of course), taking a bath! Taking a bath is especially good for when you can’t stop yourself from trying to dive into work. Once the door is locked and you’re in the tub, you (hopefully) won’t still be trying to multitask. Sometimes when I’m having trouble calming down I’ll turn off the lights and close the curtain and maybe light a candle (scents like lavender and eucalyptus are the most relaxing to me).
Here are my two favorite bath recipes:
1. Honey and Coffee // Be warned: this one gets a little messy!
Ingredients: Coffee (I use grounds), honey, milk
-Stir it all up and pour it all into the bath! Don’t bathe for more than about 20 minutes unless you want a coffee tan.
Note: This one will leave a brown ring around your tub as well as a lot of little grounds. It’s a lot less messy if you use brewed coffee instead of the grounds, but the grounds are great exfoliants. I wouldn’t recommend the grounds if you have a bath mat (or you can take the mat out while you bathe). You’ll have to get in there with a wet rag once it’s all drained but personally I think it’s worth is because this leaves my skin feeling incredible!
2. Green Tea Detox Bath
Ingredients: milk, green tea, honey
-Add green tea. Typically for this step I will purchase the cheapest tea I can find and use about twelve bags. I put them in the bath when I first start filling it and squeeze out the bags about every five minutes. Eventually the bags start to deteriorate, and that’s when I take them out.
-Soak! With detox baths you ideally will soak for about 40 minutes so you can sweat out toxins. You’ll want a shower afterwards!