There are times in my life as of late when I do not feel like my sunny self. Overwhelmed by work, balancing intensive gym training with a sore knee, and other various social engagements, not to mention maintaining my small household of kitties, laundry, cleaning, so on and so forth, that I shut down physically and emotionally. That is when I take a step back, acknowledge the fact that I am tired and moody and emotional, and allow myself to recharge.
My favorite way to do this is to draw a hot epsom salt bath. I turn the lights out, light some candles, and put on a various playlist of piano sonatas. I slide into the tub and let the bathwater ease over my fatigued form. The flames flickering against the ceiling pacifies my anxiety and I concentrate on inhaling and exhaling.
Once the bathwater is lukewarm, I towel off, rub lotion into my skin to rehydrate, and slip into my favorite white eyelet linen nightdress. The rest of the evening is spent on the couch (if the living room is clean–otherwise, I move to the bedroom) watching a movie or reading a book, cuddled with one of my kitties, and eating whatever comfort food I am craving at the moment. Sometimes I’ll paint my nails and do a face mask if I really feel the need to step up the TLC factor. When it’s time for bed, the sheets are clean and the bed is so comforting with its warm blanket and fluffy pillows. The next day I feel better and ready to take on the next challenge.