Mindfulness and Relaxation {1.30.17}

Happy Monday, friends!

I had this weekend pretty much to myself and I planned to stay in my pjs as late as possible and just relax. It got me thinking about the ways I love to unwind and just mellow out. Here are some of my go-to ways to recharge my batteries!

  1. Listen to music. This is my first and foremost activity I go to relax. I love music (who doesn’t?!) that helps to me just let go my day whether it was good or bad. If you follow me on instagram, you would see screenshots of all of the albums I’m currently addicted to in my story. whoops! However, lately I’ve been really into using my record player before bed. I have a sorry excuse for a collection, but it’s still my favorite. Some of my favorite to listen to? Jack’s Mannequin/Andrew McMahon in the WildernessLydia, and BrightenProcessed with VSCO with q1 preset

 

2. Write in a gratitude journal. This was a recent 2017 goal of mine; to stay in a positive state of mind. I found a gratitude journal on amazon and promised myself I would write in it at least 3 times a week. So far, so good! I really enjoy this because everything I see before I go to sleep is positive. I’m thinking, writing, and reading something good that happened in my day. For me, and maybe for others, it lets me let out a sigh of “everything is good” and I can sleep sounder at night.

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3. Read a personal development book. Sticking with my pma theme this year, I found a few self development books. Sidebar: I dislike the word “self help”. You don’t need help, you are choosing to grow. Anyway! I read one over the fall that everyone seems to like (You Are a Badass) and I just started a book by Lisa Sugar, founder of PopSugar. Reading in the evenings always help my mind to turn off and just focus on one thing.

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4. Color. I definitely love this one. I’ll even put on music and just sit in my bed and color. It’s another activity that makes you focus on what you’re doing and not your entire day. It also helps me feel creative even if it is just coloring. This reminds me that I am need of a new coloring book!

5. Drink tea. This is obviously something you can do while doing any of the above. I tend to go for the Yogi bedtime tea. I have a hard time sleeping through the night, so anything that might help, I’ll try it.

For myself I really need to wind down after a full day of work and from anything else that’s been going on. A lot of people tell me to do yoga, but I never got into it. If any of you know any good at home yoga programs, please let me know!

Have a great week! I have a few other posts coming up this week so keep an eye out for the link.

“Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”- Budda

xo,

Janine

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