Blogtober · Healthy Living

Friday Favorites – Wellness & Self Care

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Short post today; I’ve been enjoying this challenge of Blogtober but I am feeling exhausted and need a nap!  The end of the year is typically the most stressful time at my job, so I’ve been grateful for several self-care options that can help me both relax and detox.

Cryotherapy

Sometimes after a long day, you just need a little shock to your system to snap out of a work-induced stupor or bad mood.  Cryotherapy definitely does that, and also can help with pain and boosting your metabolism.  Read about what my husband and I thought about cryotherapy here.

Epsom salt bath

Just sprinkle this into a hot bath and soak in it for at least 15 minutes.  This is perfect for sore and tense muscles as the high Magnesium content soothes and relaxes you, and it is also thought to help your body detox and reduce internal inflammation.  I usually soak in an Epsom bath at least once a week.

Infrared Sauna

This type of sauna has a lower temperature than a traditional sauna and uses infrared light instead of a stove to generate heat.  Heat your body from the inside and increase your circulation while lowering the oxidative stress on your body.  Sweating is essential and modern antiperspirants often block this key detox feature of our body.  Some spas have them and gyms are starting to install them as well, so check out the options near you.

Sensory Deprivation Float Tank

Ever wanted to just completely disconnect from the world and have some peace and quiet for an hour?  Try a sensory deprivation tank where you can float effortlessly due to the high salt content of the water.  You can read the details of my first floating experience here.

Massage

There are few things I love more than a deep tissue massage.  I always seem to hold so much tension on my neck and shoulders so having that worked out is sweet, sweet relief.  For those in the Triad of North Carolina, my go-to is A to Zen Massage.  I’ve had consistently good experiences with all of their staff.

Hot Tea

I love curling up with a good book or watching a movie with a hot cup of tea.  Another fun option near me is Vida Pour Tea.  They have an extensive assortment of tea flavors to enjoy in the shop or take home along with snacks and natural products.  It’s full of cozy nooks to relax, read and even play board games.  It’s one of my favorite spots to just chill for a few hours.  You can also look into places that serve high tea; near us, O’Henry Hotel has quite a spread for their tea hour and they even have themed tea times for children like Wizard of Oz and The Mad Hatter!  A family tradition of ours is to go to Laura’s Tea Room for my Mom’s birthday each year.

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Thanks for reading.  I hope you get some time to relax and take care of yourself this weekend.

Emily

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