Why wait for a vacation or a day off work to pamper yourself? It’s not easy to prioritize yourself if you lead a busy lifestyle. It’s even more important to practice self-care and recharge after moving. But it’s time to make that a priority. Treating yourself (in moderation) is good for your mental and physical health. You deserve it! Especially when you think about the benefits – decrease stress and increase productivity.
Remember, after or during a move, make sure you add some self-love into your routine. Here are 8 ways to recharge after moving into a new home.
Meditation is a learned activity – you may not reap major benefits until it becomes a daily practice. Don’t be discouraged or over think when you begin meditation. It’s natural for your mind to scream thoughts at you while you sit in silence, but letting them drift away and focusing on breathing will go a long way. The benefits include stress relief, immunity, weight loss, anti-aging, just to name a few.
USE AN OIL DIFFUSER
Essential oils are an inexpensive and fun way to transform a normal room into an oasis. Moving is stressful, and you will immediately notice a difference in your mood when oil is in the air. The diffuser works by adding water and drops of essential oils to a machine that will steam the air into your house, creating a wonderful aroma. Try lavender to relieve nervous tension and pain. Vanilla encourages relaxation and relieves stress. If a spa is out of budget right now, this is a good investment for daily use to bring the spa straight to your home.
FIND A SAUNA OR STEAM ROOM
This could go hand in hand with working out at a gym or with a spa treatment – as these are two places sauna and steam rooms might be included with the service. The heat will relax and detox. A sauna uses dry heat, usually from a stove or hot rocks while steam rooms are heated by boiling water. The humidity of the steam room can help with congestion or allergies. In hotter temperatures, your heart has to pump harder to circulate blood, which means you get cardio benefits while sitting still in the sauna or steam room.
GET A MANICURE
If you are packing boxes yourself, you might find all of the stiff cardboard boxes can be hard on your hands and cuticles. Take the time to moisturize and pamper them, trim off any dead cuticles, and get a little massage action. This is for men too! A manicure or pedicure without a color can spruce up your extremities. Take the 20 minutes to sit and relax, enjoying the time where you don’t have to do anything but be pampered.
TAKE A WORKOUT
Even when the move is done – the stress is not over. Prioritize a cycle or Pilates class to focus on de-stressing and to clear your head. Having the time committed and scheduled ahead of time will help you follow through rather than putting off the workout. Get in a good sweat and your body and mind will thank you for it!
You have the perfect excuse when your kitchen is still packed in boxes to treat yourself to a meal out on the town.. Especially if you’re in a brand new area – start exploring the restaurant options nearby and get acquainted with your surroundings. This is a good excuse to get out of the house and take a break from the chaos. Not to mention, you can avoid cooking and doing dishes at home.
Acupuncture is known to reduce neck tension, eye strain, and relieve the inflammation you might have from poor posture and carrying heavy loads during your move. For a non-invasive and drug-free option to your moving related headaches, try acupuncture. An added bonus is acupuncture’s ability to fight off pathogens and boost the body’s immune system. It can reduce the duration of a cold or help prevent you from catching one altogether.
SCHEDULE A MASSAGE
If you helped pack boxes, move boxes, unload boxes, chances are you’re sore. Your muscles might be tight from driving and lifting. You deserve a massage. Look up a nearby spa to really indulge, otherwise find a foot reflexology place for a steal of a deal. The top benefits of massage include stress reduction, pain reduction, toxin elimination, and improved sleep. All the things you probably need after lifting, organizing, coordinating, and traveling.
Relieve your moving headache through one of these self-care ideas.