Health & Wellness

Published on November 6th, 2012 | by thevyne


Relax, Relate, Release

Every year, around this time, animals start preparing for hibernation. They start gathering up their creature comforts and fashioning cozy little nature beds to snuggle into and begin their season long slumber.  While we clearly can’t (or at least shouldn’t) slumber for a full season, why not take a cue from our furry little friends and use fall as a time to relax, relate, release (in the words of Whitley Gilbert)? After all, the side benefit of setting our clocks back to gain a bit more day light is that we get another hour to rest! So here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Try the 21 Day Meditation Challenge with guided meditation by Deepak Chopra (Note: It started Nov 5 but it’s not too late to join!) – If you’ve never meditated before, now is a good time to start.
  • Schedule a massage (or two, or four) this month. To save money, try searching online for massage therapy schools in your area and call to see if they offer massages. They usually do at a low cost as a teaching tool for students attending the school. A massage is a massage, so go for it.
  • Watch something that makes you feel good. This commercial is a good one.
  • Create a sleep hygiene routine. Sleep hygiene is so important and many of us take it for granted. Sleep hygiene is the process of readying yourself for sleep so that it’s as restful as possible. Here’s a sample sleep hygiene plan: Decide what you want your bed time to be then begin to do the following an hour in advance: 1) Change into your comfiest sleepwear; 2) Make yourself a cup of chamomile tea; 3) Decide on a great book to curl up to at night; 4) Turn off your TV and read until you fall asleep.
  • Sign up for a series of yoga classes. Look for a good “Living Social” or “Groupon” deal and get registered. There may even be local free yoga class at a community center or YWCA near you.

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