One way I love to relax is just by lounging in my pajamas at home with a cup of coffee and my sweet pets – Sparky, Max and Ruby Lou. This is EXACTLY what I did yesterday! We had a lazy weekend and it was great to have some downtime. Whoever scheduled #NationalCoffeeDay to coincide with Sunday was brilliant! Even on weekdays, the best start to my day is when I have a few minutes to myself before I get right to working on the blog, getting dressed for meetings/events and running around town. But I know it can be hard to truly settle down and relax, especially with social media and the many obligations we all have. So today I’m going to share my 7 easy ways to relax!
Before we get started, I have some bittersweet news today. My darling assistant Ramsey had her last day with me on Friday. I knew this day would come as she was working part-time for me until she found a full-time job. Today she is starting her new journey and has accepted an exciting position with her church. We are thrilled for her and her new adventure. She truly is a gift from God and I am thankful for the 7 months she spent at TanyaFoster.com.
7 Easy Ways to Relax
When I get a chance to relax, I always love to throw on my Soma pajamas since they are so comfy. I’m pictured here wearing my new Soma Cool Nights pajama set. I love the pretty lace trim! I’ve also talked about Cool Nights pajamas in this blog post since they’re my go-to when I want to just lounge at home. These are made from a breathable knit that keeps you cool and dry at night. And before bed, I always bundle up in one of Soma’s robes, which are super soft. There’s more relaxing loungewear options at the bottom of this post. But for now, let’s discuss the best 7 ways to help you relax. Ready?
Is there anything better than binge watching your favorite show? I’ve discussed my love for binge watching and the shows I watch in this blog post. After dinnertime, it’s great to have some time before bed to grab a glass of wine and snuggle up on my bed or couch for some quality entertainment – especially in something comfortable like this. Films and television shows have always been a fun thing for me and Pete to enjoy, as they give that sense of escapism from whatever has occurred during the day. So binge watching is definitely my relaxation go-to.
Read a Book
Probably second to film and TV for me would be a good book. Finding yourself lost in the pages of an engaging story is so enjoyable and takes your mind off of any stresses you may have. Although I often reach for the TV remote, I have found that reading really is more calming – especially before bed. It’s the perfect end to a wild day because it centers your focus and naturally prepares your mind to relax before sleeping.
I’ve talked about Olly many times on the blog, even last week in this post. And I’ve discussed my love for their stress vitamins in this post. If you want help relaxing, I would suggest taking their Goodbye Stress gummies before your day begins and then ending your day with their new Immunity Sleep gummies. Both of these will calm you throughout the day and then hopefully help you get some much needed rest at night too.
Take a Walk
Getting some fresh air is good for the soul. There’s something lovely about spending time in nature and taking in the beauty of the things around you. I like to take a short walk around the neighborhood with my dogs as a great opportunity to think and have some time to myself. Really any exercise in general is so good for you, so things like yoga or pilates are other ways you can take a moment for yourself during your day. Even just 15 minutes of yoga at home before bed is ideal for anyone who may have trouble getting to sleep, as it really relaxes you both mentally and physically. Exercise is a proven way to help you sleep better and therefore be more relaxed.
Listen to Music
Listening to music is so soothing – if you have the right playlist of course! I’d go for more classical or soft music that has the ability to destress your mind better. You can listen to music in the car, the bath, on a walk, while exercising or in your home. It’s one of the easiest ways to relax since you can do it just about any where.
Take a Bath
Taking a bath in the evenings is always an amazing feeling. Much like listening to music, it’s ideal for soothing your mind while also relaxing your muscles too. The best thing about baths is that there are so many ways to relax while you’re in the tub – by merely just thinking, reading a book, listening to music, lighting candles or indulging in a sweet-smelling bath bomb. Better yet, combine all of these together and you’ve got it made! If you’ve had a long day, this is definitely the way to go.
If you know me, you know I love engaging on social media – mostly Instagram. Don’t we all though? It’s become such a norm in our society that I think we forget what it was like to be without the craziness of phones, the internet and social media. So sometimes it is very refreshing to “unplug” – mute my phone, step away from all my screens and just invest in myself and the people around me. Pete and I have been married quite awhile, but there’s nothing better than just spending quality time with one another.
I hope my 7 ways to help you relax actually help you! They surely work for me. Do you have any easy ways to relax? If so, would you mind sharing your tips by leaving a comment?
xoxo – Tanya
P.S. Congratulations to Mariah, Barbara, Carolyn, Abby, Jennifer, Mary, Gaby, Betsy, Donna and Carrie. They all WON tickets for two and are enjoying the State Fair of Texas!
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photo: Audrie Dollins