If you do NOT ever need a time to refresh, raise your hand.
Yeah, I didn’t think so. My hand wasn’t up either. Every one of us needs and even requires a small self-care space in time. Even God rested from His work. Your body and your mind will start to suffer without a respite. So, once in a while, give yourself a break and just take a break!
I tend to make Friday my break day. I know, I know, I don’t have a full-time job or little ones at home. Does that mean I need any less of a refresh? No! It is a perfect example of the fact that the most busy and least busy of us still crave more than a coffee break and desire some downtime.
For me, time in the tub is important. Granted, I take a bath instead of a shower pretty much every morning. The shower is exhausting! My daily bath is not a relaxing, dreamy delight; rather, it is get in, get done, and get out. On a Friday ReFresh (which, by the way, doesn’t happen every week), I love to lounge as long as I like. I also include other pampering procedures when possible.
- Facial mask/scrub
- Soaking bath bombs, bath salts, or bubble bath
- Dry brushing with a body brush
- Deep condition hair (or recolor hair if needed)
- Deep conditioning lotion for hands and feet on non-mani/pedi weeks)
- Tooth whitening or oil pulling
- Clean jewelry (this may not seem like it fits, but I feel sooooo much nicer when my wedding ring is sparkling!)
Occasionally, I get to add a therapeutic massage to this list. My friend Alison at Revitalize Massage Therapy is wonderful! She is knowledgeable about tender spots and trigger points with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid syndrome, and genuinely cares about her clients. If you are in Central Indiana, I highly recommend that you look her up.
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Christmas is coming! A beautiful basket with some or all of these items, along with some handmade soap, a loofah, some fluffy socks, and a gift certificate for a massage or mani/pedi (or both!) would make a gorgeous gift!