“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you.”
Rest is one of the most important things in life. Often times, I find myself feeling totally drained and exhausted. I dance about 14 hours a week on average, and during show seasons, I dance about 7+ hours extra. Exhaustion can weigh you down and make you feel just plain horrible. Here are some tips I came up with to help care for your body, give you some energy, and help you relax.
Tip No. 1: Light Exercise Outdoors
Believe it or not, exercise actually helps with energy. I personally prefer going outside my house to exercise. The fresh air helps clear my mind and gives me a sense of peace. I go on walks around my neighborhood while listening to some instrumental calming music. Another great type of relaxing exercise is yoga and pilates.
Tip No. 2: Infused Water
Staying hydrated is one of the hardest things for me to do. Possibly the reason why you feel so weak is because you’re not getting enough water. Drinking a cold glass of morning after you wake up can help make you surprisingly feel energized. Try this before reaching for your morning cup of coffee. I personally don’t like water, so I infuse my water with fruits, and if I’m feeling extra tired, I’ll put a tablespoon of chia seeds in my water.
P.S. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love coffee. However, it is incredibly dehydrating. For every one cup of coffee you drink, you have to drink an extra eight glasses of water.
Tip No. 3: Pamper Yourself
Taking baths really can help you relax and feel great. I’ll admit that I don’t do it every night, but I should. Lush has amazing bath fizzes and bath bombs, but you can also make them yourself, and they’re super easy (See Pinterest for ideas & recipes). Also, taking a bath Pink Himalayan Sea Salt helps take away soreness, detoxes your body of toxins, and helps relax your body. I also use Young Living Essential Oils in my baths. However, some oils are quite hot, mostly the minty oils, so be careful when choosing minty oils. E.g. I use 2 drops of Wintergreen maximum and 2 drops of Pan Away maximum, since I am mixing two minty oils.
Tip No. 4: Try Teas
Before reaching for your morning cup of coffee, try drinking some black tea of choice. It is tons less dehydrating than coffee. For me, I love black tea because it gives me energy without making me hyper. For relaxing teas, I recommend peppermint tea and chamomile tea. I personally don’t drink peppermint tea since I am incredibly picky with them, but I love chamomile so much. It makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy inside, especially on Autumn days.
Tip No. 5: Read a Book!
I feel like these days, we are always staring at our phones and computers (me included). Sometimes all I need is to turn my phone on silent, sit in the quiet of the house (my room) and read a book. My current favorites are “Waiting For You” by Susane Colastani, “The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, and a new favorite, “The Season” by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer.
P.S. If you have any other book suggestions, please tell me in the comments below!!!
Tip No. 6: Coloring
Oddly enough, I have been so into coloring lately. It has been so therapeutic in my busy life. Lately, I’ve seen so many amazing “adult” coloring books. I’ve done a few, working on them slowly about once a day for fifteen minutes. It’s a great way to unwind, and when the book is full, I am definitely going and buying another one.
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