‘Black Friday’, the most chaotic day of the year has now been and gone and if you have become one of the many people running around the shops and pushing through the crowds to grab yourself a Christmas bargain, then you’re probably feeling rather tired and stressed out. But do not fret, help is at hand and even if you weren’t tempted by the incredibly low prices and opted to stay at home, you can still try some of these relaxation tips too!
Take a long hot bath
After all the hard work that you put into shopping, you deserve some “me” time and what better way to relax than in a warm bubble bath. Immersing yourself in hot water is said to relax muscles and joints and improve your mood. Enhance the experience by cleansing your body with our Aloe Avocado Face & Body Soap which leaves behind a scent of freshly-picked citrus. Plus, the richness of the avocado also helps dry skin feel smooth thanks to beneficial vitamins like A, C and E.
Drink a hot cup of tea
When it comes to beating stress, nothing works better than a soothing, hot cup of tea! It can stimulate your senses and energise you from within. In fact, plenty of herbal teas not only relax your mind but also help you drift off to sleep peacefully. For example, Forever Living’s Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea is met by deliciously warming notes of spice including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel, allspice and clove, and mixed with fruity tones from orange peel and blackberry leaf, and the delicate fragrances of aloe blossom, camomile and gymnema sylvestre. This unique blend is caffeine-free and packed with benefits thanks to these vitamin-rich ingredients. It’s a wonderfully uplifting drink to calm you down after a busy day shopping.
Read a book
Reading is a great way to escape and lose yourself in the content and whatever book you like to read, whether it’s a good crime novel or a bit of romance, it has been proven that reading is one of the best ways to relax. According to the University of Sussex, reading a book for just six minutes can reduce stress levels by 68%*.
Bake a cake
Baking is said to be very therapeutic, and it is also a way to express your creativity and focus your mind on something else. At the heart of baking is the very act of giving because it can make you feel good and proud to make something for a friend or family member. Some of our favourite recipes are made with Forever’s Bee Honey including a ‘Zesty Spiced Cheesecake’ and ‘Rocky Road Bites’. Find all of Forever’s recipes here.
Watch a movie
When it’s cold outside, a wonderfully calm and cosy time can be had sitting on the sofa with your feet up and binging on your favourite movies. As it is now Christmas time there’s even more of a reason to watch a classic festive film. Some of our favourite Christmas films at Forever Living head office include ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and ‘Elf’.
Go for a winter walk
One of the best ways to relieve the stresses of shopping is to simply walk them off. Try leaving all of your technology at home and take this time to reconnect with nature and your surroundings, which will help you to clear your head and boost endorphins. It is said that by taking friends and family along with you it can help to reduce stress even further.
Get a massage
A bit of pampering is sometimes all you need, treat yourself to a massage whether it’s at a relaxing spa or in the comfort of your own home. Since stress can come in many forms for different people, such as aches and pains, to muscle tension, to both physical and emotional exhaustion, getting a massage can help your body and mind de-stress. If at home, Forever Living’s Relaxation Massage Lotion combines aloe vera with lavender, white tea, and other essential oils to soothe and benefit your skin. This is ideal for use after bathing with Forever’s Relaxation Bath Salts.
What’s your favourite way to de-stress? Let us know by posting in the comments section below.