Happy 2017! Looks like resolutions didn’t make the cut this year, now it’s all about words. Like bite-size intentions and affirmations for the year instead of weighty RESOLUTIONS to do (huge life change) by (date – usually the end of the year). I can get behind that. Except lately I have no attention span whatsoever for some things so I’ve decided to pick theme words for each month. That way each new month will bring a new focus. And after the whirlwind, chock-full of family, jetsetting December I had I want my January to be all about Rest and Restore.
Here’s three routines you can use to rest and restore any time of day. Follow the links to some of my favorite restful products, apps, and activities.
- put on warm socks. I sleep barefoot so on chilly mornings I don’t want to get out from under the covers. Before you go to bed put a pair of cozy socks on or near a warm area (like on top or in front of a heater). In the morning you’ll look forward to getting up to put on warm clothes. Bonus points if they’re in arm’s reach so you don’t have to get out of bed to put your socks on before getting up.
- color. Take a few minutes to color in a coloring book, app, or your own drawings. Coloring is meditative and not demanding like trying to create an image from scratch. Leave your book and favorite coloring materials on an uncluttered desk or a table the night before, it’ll make you happy to be able to just sit down and get right into it when you wake up.
- pare down your to-do list. Nothing feels more soothing than reviewing your to-do list and scrapping any items that are not absolutely must-do’s. If there’s anything you can do another day or better yet get rid of entirely go ahead and clear if from your list, and your headspace.
- meditate. I’ve been using the Stop, Breathe, Think app for a few years and it’s been a game changer. You can meditate wherever you are, your desk, car, home, or even outside.
- eat a serving or two of fruit. It’s a much better pick-me-up than coffee, and by 3:00 or 4:00 pm coffee doesn’t work for me anyway. I usually go for sliced apples, mixed berries, or fruit salad.
- drink a cup of calming herbal tea. I like hibiscus because it’s tangy and calming. Hibiscus tea is known to lower blood pressure and have other health benefits but feel free to choose any herbal tea you like. Linden, chamomile, peppermint, and lemon ginger are some of my go-to’s.
- release back, shoulder and neck tension with a few minutes in legs-up-the-wall pose. This pose will loosen up tension from the day and set you up for a good night’s sleep.
- dim the lights and read before bed. I (sadly) just finished How to be Chic in the Winter by Fiona Ferris. I really enjoyed reading it under the covers while listening to the recent rain storms outside.