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Your Own SPA at Home. Pamper Yourself.
Coping with the heaviness
WHY DO I FEEL SO DOWN AND OUT?
It happens to every one at some point or another. Sadness, a heaviness within that can zap our strength and steal our joy. Keenly aware of this mood, we may understand how it grabbed hold of us. Yet sadly, some of us are not quite sure how we came to feel so listless. We simply know we don't like it. In a moment of self-protectiveness we also know it's up to us to try to get through this valley.
CONFRONT THE DEMON.
Please resist the urge to dig deeply into self-analysis. Save your strength to pull yourself up and out. Once out from under the cloud, you'll have a better view and a more positive outlook.. For the moment it's that image in the mirror, that tired & pale reflection you can no longer disguise that requires attention. Look yourself in the eyes and resolve to help yourself.
Treat YOURSELF AS YOU WOULD A FRIEND.
You are a caring and compassionate individual. You've been self-less with your time and efforts in support of friends and family. You are there for them at a moment's notice. I believe it is time to befriend yourself.
You know how to do this. Your creative mind is filled with means of giving comfort. As a parent, friend and lover, you know all about TLC. At this moment take your own advice and take yourself by the hand.
You've stood before the mirror and have seen that sad, tired face. You think aloud, " I don't feel my usual, happy self and not much seems to make me smile. Besides all this, I hurt all over"
Time to put a plan together. Yes, it's time to pull yourself up and out of a nasty funk. No need to spend another minute feeling down and out.
An easy method for immediate relief: Relax and follow the steps.
On a comfortable surface..(blanket on the floor?) stretch your entire body like a baby with arms and legs, outstretched. Breathe slowly and deeply, holding briefly on IN and relaxing on OUT. After just a few breaths, this activity has a natural tendency to spread a calming sensation throughout your body. Tensions begin to ease-up and muscles begin to release their grip
You're in your familiar surroundings....at your own private SPA. Give yourself a Two-Hundred- dollar-session of attention, complete with all the pampering..
THE WONDERS OF WARMTH, WATER & AROMATHERAPY
Create a serene atmosphere and ambiance of sensuality. Lavender scented candles emit a soothing fragrance, while the sweet strings of violins fill the atmosphere with gentle sound.
Slip into a warm bath sprinkled with mineral salts or bubbles,or both! Allow the gentle ripples to engulf every taut nerve and tendon. Kick back and enjoy feeling weightless, as you rest your eyes, again breathing deeply and slowly.
Imagine your favorite fantasy......bring to mind a comforting memory. Block negative emotions from invading your private space. Lay silently, floating freely, no cares, no worries....just tranquility Easy listening, caressing waters, gentle thoughts......effortless breathing.....all things hypnotic give rise to an all-consuming calmness.
Tenseness and tightness soon begin to disappear. You will feel free and light and eager to indulge yourself further. Move slowly, gracefully....there's no one there but you....alone and free to love yourself uninhibited. Choose your favorite soothing oils and lotions to prepare to massage and knead the muscles of your body from head to toe. Take pleasure in the tightness slowly melting away.
Retire to a quiet place and lay back in silence and relaxation. Invite the lightness & luxury of the moment to embrace you......soothe you gently as if you are floating, weightless.
Feeding your body the pleasures of comfort it deserves, is a sensual gift we may give ourselves. In this moment of self love and care, you're ecstatically aware of your own worth.
With your body relaxed, you feel any mental stress or heaviness free itself from your being. You've released all tensions. Focus on beautiful thoughts, positive affirmations, as you shut out ugly thoughts that may disturb you.
SWEET SLUMBER....PLEASANT DREAMS
In keeping with a theme of pure serenity, maintain your focus on joy of what pleases your senses. Embrace every second of a tranquility that created this sense of well-being.
You've given yourself a luxurious gift of pampering....a perfect gift to appreciate in private, yet familiar surrounding. This offering of kindness will manifest itself in more wonderful ways than you may have expected.
Your body will feel regenerated but relaxed. Your mind will have settled down beside a comfortable & peaceful place. No longer are you sad or tense, but pleased and calm.
Your Spirit will have perked up and taken notice of all the personal attention and caring. . Sleep will come and your dreams will be pleasant.
When morning arrives, you can greet the sun with a smile and a promise. A promise to be as kind and caring to yourself as you always are to others, for you are valuable as well.
We learn more each day. We discover how necessary it is to take care of ourselves. We must fend off the world and it's monsters that would rob us of our happiness.
Always remember to take care of you. For when you do, you become a better, fuller being, capable of patience and understanding for those you love. You may give of yourself with passion and abandon.
You are valued and worthy of love. Love yourself......allow others to love you more.
Tips for daily care
Once you have taken the time and care to pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment, you can easily maintain the sensation of a relaxed mind & body. Taking ten to fifteen minutes of your day to put aside the stressful activities of daily living and simply focus on yourself.
You'll find it amazing that a few stretches and some slow deep and steady breathing will quickly erase any tension in your neck and shoulders. Choose to give yourself a refreshing 10 minute facial or if you prefer, a warm foot bath with mineral salts. Both of these simple regimens are guaranteed to perk up and renew your entire attitude. Just before returning to your work, jot down what you've accomplished the first half of your day and create your goals for the remainder of the day.
Keep in mind, you can decide to use this 15 minute break in any way you choose. Quite often it's a great idea to use that time for simple stillness. Make yourself a cup of herbal tea and find a peaceful setting outdoors, put your feet up & soak in the pleasures of nature.
You'll be treating your senses to the hypnotic sounds of leaves rustling in the breeze as your eyes take in the vibrant colors of nature and freshness of the air fills your lungs. These are the simple moments that create lasting rewards. Make this a habit as often as possible and I promise you will thank yourself.
Luxury Bath Treatment at home.
Is it needless to mention?
I would hope that it stands to reason that what I'm suggesting here, is sound advise for the occasional slump or short-term listlessness.. A profound sense of worthlessness that seems to consume your entire being, for days on end, without a ray of hope, requires immediate professional/medical intervention. There should be no doubt or hesitation of the importance of attention to a serious issue, for yourself or on someone's behalf. Consult a Mental Health Professional.