Little Breaks Make Big Changes

On the road, husband driving, so thought I’d blog a bit while it’s not my turn to pick which station we’re going to listen to on Pandora . Haha! Decided to take a spur of the moment road trip to visit my bestie in the Rio Grande Valley. With my step daughter back in Seattle, our nephew starting school, the accident my husband was in, and catching up with work stuff, it has been a bit difficult getting into our usual routine. Our couple of days off consisted of sleeping in, eating and drinking yumminess (which included George Clooney’s tequila-Casamigos), enjoying the coastal breeze, sand between our toes, swimming in the cool gulf waters, and of course hanging out with the bestie and her family.

In just these couple of days I’ve seen a difference in my husband. He’s calmer, more focused about goals, and looks happier. I think he really needed the break. Life gets crazy for everyone, there’s no stopping what is meant to come our way. But no matter what that is, always take time to collect yourself, enjoy and appreciate the little things and people in your life. Keep a positive attitude that there’s always a way to make things better and right, and all will fall into place when it’s meant to. The older I’m getting, the more my gratitude grows for things we cannot replace. If life is crazy… take a break… then tackle it with a stronger, clearer mind. Hope everyone’s week has started out good.

image

South Padre Island

Advertisements

Relaxation for the Mind, Body, & Soul

relaxation day- the lil spa roomHappy National Relaxation Day! Whether you are looking for physical or spiritual relaxation, here are a few tips to relax your body, soul & mind.

•Get comfortable: To be able to calm & relax, remove your shoes, undo your tie or neck button, loosen your belt, unclasp your bra, slip into something comfortable.

• Enjoy some Fresh air: Open the windows & breathe in the fresh air.

• Mother Nature: Instead of hanging in a busy part of town, take a couple of minutes outdoors to slow down. Nature has its own way of calming your mind.

•Silence: Find a place in silence; treasure it, absorb it, immerse yourself in it, hang on to it as long as you can.

happiness- the lil spa room• Deep Breaths: Straighten up and take a deep slow breath through your nose, deep into your tummy, do not let the chest rise, relax your shoulders – then release the breath slowly through your mouth.

•New Age Music: Play some relaxing music with nature sounds and wind chimes to set up a more relaxing mood. This goes well with open windows.

•Reject stress: Reorganize your priorities. Reject anything that will put pressure on you. Learn to say no and become more positive and energetic.

•Influence your subconscious: To reinforce messages to your subconscious, like “I am calm and can cope with this situation”, there is no way like this: repeat, repeat, repeat.

•Visualization: Go to sleep with a picture in your mind how you would like to be. (Positive things of course) Do this again and again, every night. Try to wake up with this picture in your mind.

•Concentrate on the task at hand: If you immerse yourself totally in a task, so that you achieve the very best result you are capable of (this can be anything at all, for example washing the dishes, ironing, driving a car or mowing the lawn), you will find that task becomes like a meditation in itself. Time flies, you derive satisfaction from your efforts and you spend at least this time completely in the here and now, not worrying about past or future.

  • Lastly, get a massage or better yet get a facial. Not only will you escape into pampering bliss, you’ll go home with great skin.

And if you are home, make yourself a refreshing margarita or pour yourself a glass of serve wine to enhance that relaxation. 😉

relaxation day