Relaxing Rituals for Busy People

Relaxing Rituals for Busy People (<i>cont'd</i>)

Tropical Urban Oasis

Slip out of your day and have a tropical fruit juice fix. When you are squeezed for time, juice shops offer a meal in a cup and an upbeat atmosphere. Add all the extras for a much-needed energy boost. For smoothies, ask for real yogurt instead of frozen yogurt. If you are feeling adventurous, order one or two shots of wheatgrass juice. As a chaser, order a carrot and orange juice mix.

Make sure you sit down for this one, as you may feel a slight body jolt. Wheatgrass packs a punch with a megadose of vitamin C and a long list of nutrients to help detoxify and recharge the body.

After Work Window Gazing

Take window shopping to another level. After work, go for a stroll down your town's main street. Let your mind unwind and soak up the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. Step by step, relax and breathe. To disengage your mind from work, notice the latest styles and colors in each shop window. Let the sights and sounds soother your tension. Accomplish nothing but walking and window gazing. By the time you return home, you will be feeling renewed and ready for friends and family.

Rub-A-Dub Yoga in the Tub

Take a step into the relaxation zone! Schedule a meeting just for you, your bath salts and your bathtub. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil for a relaxing aromatic touch. Dim the lights, light the candles and stop the action. Focus on melting tension away:

  1. While sitting in the tub, brace your hands underneath your calves.
  2. Place the soles of your feet flat against the end of the bathtub.
  3. Gently lower your upper body into a forward bend.
  4. Let your head drop forward and relax your neck muscles.
  5. Breathe and relax into the stretch.

Be patient with yourself; peace and relaxation will arrive.