For a lot of us, relaxation doesn’t actually exist in your late teens and early twenties. There is always a Starbucks trip to be made, always a road trip to go on, always something to be done. However, when you have finally arrived in your late twenties, you start to realise that you have to take care of yourself and you won’t always bounce back immediately. While you might still have the stamina to go out until 2am and then be at work for 9am the next morning, it might still be wise to invest in some down time for yourself.
At Home Spa Day
Something that I have found to be common amongst my late twenties and early thirties friends is that relaxation doesn’t necessarily have to have a huge price tag. Yes, you could easily spend $200 in a day in spa treatments, but you don’t need that to relax. You can easily make your own facials and scrubs with ingredients, and while you won’t have someone waiting on you, you and your friends can completely relax in private, eat and drink whatever you want, and you’re not stuck to a schedule! This Salted Cream Scrub only has three ingredients, smells wonderful, and can be made in two minutes or less for an at home pedicure.
Try a New Recipe
When you have a few hours to yourself, you have the perfect time to try a new recipe! If you are fairly tightly wound (you know who you are), maybe find a new but simple recipe- perhaps five ingredient cookies? Sometimes exercising your mind in a new way can be just as good for you as exercising your body. Not only will you get to have some fun, you will learn some new skills, you very well might have some delicious leftovers, and you will have a sense of accomplishment. This is also a great afternoon or evening with friends- mix up some cocktails or grab some wine, throw on some music, and see what you can make!
Write a Few Postcards
The art of letter writing is dying, and I don’t think that my own weird commitment to the art will save it. However, I think that postcards are a quick and easy way for anyone to take part! You can find postcards pretty much anywhere you look now- post offices will often have cards with local images on them, and bookstores and stationery shops everywhere carry numerous designs and packages. Everyone always says that they love receiving mail but how often do they send it themselves? Grab a pen and send a few lines to a friend that you haven’t spoken with in a while!
Go For A Walk
If you are anything like me, you try your hardest to fit your workouts and exercise into your already busy life. Not to mention the fact that because they may be shorter than you like and end up being fairly intense in order to get as much out of them as possible. So, exercise may or may not actually be relaxing to you… Find somewhere beautiful close by, grab a friend, and just stroll. It will loosen up your muscles, it will get your blood moving, and it will allow for some fresh air, none of which are bad things. You might notice something that you’ve never noticed before, and at the very least, you’ve gotten a few steps in.
What is your go-to, laid back way to relax?