As busy business owners, employees, wives, mothers, "go-to girls", daughters, sisters, friends, super women, we often forget to take time out for ourselves to relax, de-stress, and rebuild. This week's Pamper Principle focuses on a list of things that I enjoy doing to unwind and some relaxation techniques to try in your quest to de-stress.
My favorite things to unwind: 1. Reading a frivolous chicklit book 2. Listening to jazz, classical or "quiet storm" music 3. Knitting 4. Taking a long walk 5. Soaking in a luxurious bubble bath in a candle lit bathroom 6. Baking 7. Watching romantic comedies 8. Taking a nap 9. Going to the lake 10. Going window shopping
Relaxation Techniques-St. Joseph's University Counseling and Personal Development Center Whole Body Tension
Tense everything in your whole body; stay with that tension, and hold it as long as you can without feeling pain. Slowly release the tension and very gradually feel it leave your body. Repeat three times.
Open your imagination and focus on your breathing. As your breathing becomes calm and regular, imagine that the air comes to you as a cloud - it fills you and goes out. You may imagine the cloud to be a particular color.
With your head level and your body relaxed, pick a spot to focus on (eyes are open at this point). When ready, count five breaths backward. With each breath allow your eyes to close gradually. When you get to number one, your eyes will be closed. Focus on the feelings of relaxation.
Counting Ten Breaths Backwards
Allow yourself to feel passive and indifferent, counting each breath slowly from ten to one. With each count, allow yourself to feel heavier and more relaxed. With each exhale, allow the tension to leave your body.
Try to raise your shoulders up to your eyes. Hold for the count of four. Now drop your shoulders back to a normal position. Repeat three times.
Rotate your shoulders back, down and around, first one way, then the other. Do one shoulder, then the other. Now do both at the same time. Note: This is also good for back, arms, and neck.
Stand - feet slightly apart. Take a deep breath as you stretch arms over head. Slowly exhale as you lean forward, bringing arm and head down. Do slowly and gently five times.
Now take two of these and get a good nights rest Superwomen!
I am the only female in a household of males. I was lucky to find my Frog 15 years ago and we had our first tadpole in 2000, the next in 2003 and then the surprise tadpole in 2006. So I deserve to be a Princess. I currently work as a Management Consultant, but my life long goal is to raise 3 boys to be respectable young men and great future husbands. Pray for me! Seriously though, the tadpoles are my legacy, so when I leave this world I want to be remembered for having raised my tadpoles right!