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When’s the last time you truly relaxed? Or is the word “relax” not even in your vocabulary? 

Despite fewer in-person gatherings and obligations these days, you may still have a lot on your plate and rarely take time to kick up your feet and do a whole lotta nada. You may even feel like it’s been so long since you relaxed, you’ve forgotten how. 

Not good.

Relaxing is healthy for your mind, body, and soul — and no matter what’s on your to-do list, you deserve to take regular time to unwind. Not only will you feel more peace and joy, but you’ll reconnect with who you truly are (and say bye-bye to that stressed-out version of you!). 

Many of us only know how to unwind when we’re on vacation — and feel guilty relaxing any other time. But you don’t need to book a trip to Tahiti or a day at the spa to get in some good relaxation. You can do it without even leaving your driveway. 

Over the next week, take some time to relax, guilt-free. Better yet, challenge yourself to take a half-day (or full-day) to unwind. Not sure what to do? Here are 10 of our favorite ways to relax, restore and recharge:

  • Sip your morning coffee in your pj’s.
  • Stay in bed until noon. 
  • Open up a good novel.
  • Take a long walk in nature.
  • Stretch out on a yoga mat. 
  • Soak in the tub (BTW, we’re loving these scrubs!). 
  • Take an afternoon nap sans guilt.
  • Feel the sun on your face and listen to something inspiring (ehem, like our EveryDay Happy Show podcast).
  • Sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset.
  • Stare into a starry sky.  

Once you give yourself permission to unwind, you’ll remember how good it feels and how important it is to make relaxing a priority.

Just remember to leave any guilt behind. 🙂

Wishing you an easy and relaxed weekend! 

XO,

Emily and the Savvy Team

 

Savvy Tip

If your skin is feeling drier than normal, ask yourself this question: Am I drinking enough water? That’s because dehydration (even a mild case) can leave your skin parched, and many of us forget to drink H20 when it’s chilly outside. Dry, winter weather can also chap and dry out your skin even more. Not ideal! 

In addition to drinking ample water, we love this hydrating facial cleanser from Art Naturals, that’s chock-full of plant-based ingredients, like jojoba oil, aloe, coconut, and jasmine. Feel hydrated plus remove all the stuff you don’t want lingering on there, like dirt, makeup, and oils. Hello, glowy skin! 

 

Savvy Picks

*Cute bracelets that also give back to a good cause? We love Pura Vida’s World Wildlife Fund collection (for each bracelet sold, 5 percent of the purchase price supports the organization). Doing good and looking good was never so easy! 

*You deserve coffee — and lots of it. And in these tough times, why not treat yourself to a high-quality brew? We’re big fans of this Italian roaster, who’s been at it for 88 years. Gift yourself a bundled set of java goodness, and you’ll save up to 25 percent (no code necessary!). 

 

Quote du jour

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” — Chinese Proverb

 

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*We love all our picks, and if you make a purchase, we may get a little something back. Thanks for your support!

 

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