When your schedule is jam-packed with soccer games, board meetings, or bachelorette parties, it can be tough to find a moment for yourself. Taking time for relaxation and stress relief can help our minds and bodies feel better. Plus, keeping your stress levels steady can have some pretty cool impacts for your skin! While we can’t send all our Aloette beauties to a tropical resort to celebrate this National Relaxation Day (as much as we’d like to!), we CAN give you a rundown of some easy ways to relax and help ease stress right at home. Put on some spa music and take a deep breath: here’s our Aloette recipe for maximum relaxation!
Our Recipe for Relaxation
- Move Your Body!
You don’t have to run a marathon or join that ultra-intense boot camp (unless you want to!), but starting your National Relaxation Day with some gentle motion can help your down time feel more relaxing. Move your body in a way that feels good to you—dance in your living room, play tag with your kiddos, or do some gentle stretches. Anything that gets you moving counts! Once you’re all done, you can make your post-workout shower a little more relaxing with Coconut Milk and Turmeric Nourishing Body Wash and Coconut Milk and Turmeric Refreshing Body Mist. This orange and ginger-scented duo helps sooth and refresh your skin with gentle ingredients like Aloe, Coconut Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid that can help you wind down post-workout. Now you’re well on your way to relaxation!
- Try Visualization!
It’s totally ok if you relax by watching three to five episodes of your favorite sitcom on Netflix, but that’s not necessarily how relaxation looks for everyone. Simply setting aside some time to concentrate on a calming image or place or repeat some affirming words to yourself as you relax your muscles can help lower stress and improve your mood. If you try a new relaxation technique this National Relaxation Day, try making it a part of your routine over the next few weeks to get more of those benefits. Before you start picturing that calming island or elegant Parisian café, apply some Hand and Body Silk anywhere your skin feels dry. Focusing on the gentle floral scent can delight your senses as you relax your body, and the gentle Aloeganic aloe vera and Coconut Oil formula will leave your skin soothed and softer-feeling.
- Entertain Your Brain!
Like we said before, relaxation takes many forms! Are you a podcast junkie? A bookworm? A lover of classic videogames? Setting aside time for one of these pastimes can help you relax and recharge as you listen to or play through engaging stories. Grab an excellent romance novel or pop in an old favorite game and unwind with your beloved characters.
- Get Quality Sleep!
Think of National Relaxation Day as the kickoff for better self-care habits. Like our other tips, getting 7-8 hours of sleep consistently at night is a practice that can help you relax year-round! Having trouble settling down? It may help to impose an electronics curfew—shut down your computer, IPad, TV, or phone an hour or so before bedtime to get your brain in gear for quality sleep. While you’re having your golden hour, treat yourself to a luxe hand-care routine with Hand Couture Anti-Aging Hand Creme and Hand Polish Exfoliating Hand Scrub. Start with Hand Polish to help slough away dead skin cells and prep the skin to absorb moisture, then massage in some peptide-infused Hand Couture help brighten and firm the look of the skin. Not only will this pre-bedtime routine keep your hands busy while you break your Instagram or TikTok habit, it will also help sooth dry hands and lock in moisture while you get your beauty sleep