stressed? just take a soak!

in today’s crazy world, one thing each and every one of us deals with is stress.

we all know it, we all feel it.

i’ve learned that the trick to dealing with it is to make sure to take a lot of time for self care, whether it be a nice, warm cup of tea, curling up with a favorite book (even if you’ve read it a hundred times before), or taking a nice bath and soaking away the pains and frustrations of the day.

we carry so much stress with us throughout our lives, so much so that doctors warn against not finding away to shake it off is hazardous to our health and could even shorten our lives by a considerable amount, and as for myself, that is terrifying.

so, i decided that i was going to do my part to help you wonderful readers to destress and relax, if only for a little while.

every little bit helps, right?

anyway, here’s some recipes for some simple and easy bath salts to melt that stress away!

i hope you enjoy.

relax about it

a calming mix of relaxing aromas to loosen those muscles and slow down those crazy thoughts.

ingredients

    • 2 cups epsom salt
    • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
    • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oils
    • 5 drops lavender essential oils
    • 4-5 drops soap coloring of choice

directions

    this recipe is super simple and easy to create, either in bulk or in an as-needed capacity. i find that this is imperative, because what good would it to do stress someone out while they’re making the thing they want to use to de-stress?

    it’s just really counterproductive, if you ask me.

    we all have different tastes and idea of what we like and what we don’t like and that’s perfectly a-okay!

  1. mix the epsom salt and the kosher salt together until it’s well blended and evenly intermingled. ]
  2. add the soap coloring and mix. some people like to use a spoon and actually stir, but i like to play it fast and loose and just swirl the bowl around like i’m sloshing water around.
  3. NOTE: it may clump together and that’s totally fine. keep mixing and it should eventually start to break up and spread the coloring around as it should.

  4. add the essential oils and mix. add as needed, but remember, a little goes a long way. i usually start with just a few drops and go from there.
  5. once you have the proper incorporation of essential oils, place the salts into containers for safe keeping.
  6. when you go to use the salts in your bath, use as little or as much as you’d like, though, again, a little goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower yourself.

    have fun with it and find out what works best for you and most importantly, relax!

full moon musings ( + meditation guide)

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i love full moons.

there’s just something about the muted, mellow light and how it seems to cleanse everything it touches.

the full moon is a great time to take a look back on all the happenings of the past cycle; to celebrate your triumphs and successes and to cleanse and ride yourself of any negativity and failures (while still holding on to any lessons you have learned).

i also like to take this time and meditate on all the situations the world has gone through in the last month, as a way to process these circumstances and move past any unpleasantness that may have been felt.

i thought it would be fun to share my process with you today.

perhaps you’ll find that it’s a fitting way to welcome in each new cycle and that it’s a great way to allow good things into your life to fill up the spaces where negativity and muckiness used to sit.

i know i have.

so, try it out and, if you’ve never meditated before, don’t be scared to start small.

one minute. two minutes. five minutes.

it doesn’t matter.

what matters is that you make a point to sit with yourself (something that almost everyone i know is entirely uncomfortable with) and your thoughts in order to process, to learn, to grow.

let’s begin.

full moon meditation

a meditation to reflect on life and times of the last cyle.

suggested items

  • a yoga mat or folded blanket
  • a timer
  • a media device to play music
  • a candle or incense

the process

start by choosing soothing music to play at a quiet volume on your chosen media player. i know that spotify has some great meditation music playlists, if you’re looking for recommendations.

if you like, before you get settled, you can light some calming incense or a candle, if you find those soothe and relax you.

set your timer for your allotted time.

next, make yourself comfortable.

i personally like to sit cross legged, with my hands resting softly on my knees (palms up) and my back straight, but you do you.

start your timer and get settled.

now, just focus on your breathing.

breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds and out through your mouth for seven seconds. repeat until you feel your heart rate slow and your muscles relax, or your timer goes off, whichever comes first.

after your time is up, bring your awareness back to yourself by wiggling your toes and fingers gently. allow your mind to tune back in to the world around you.

you should feel more relaxed and your mind should be clearer, but it’s okay if this is not the case.

as with everything, meditation takes practice and if you work at it, eventually, you won’t even need the timer.

i hope you enjoyed this peek into my practice and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop me a comment!

xx