Can I just say something really quickly?
Please. I’m telling you right now that it’s okay. I’ll admit that I’m the biggest culprit…”relaxation” rarely even finds its way into my vocabulary. But when it does, I’m reminded of how important it really is. True relaxation is going to look and feel different to everyone so you do you, girl. If you want to let your hair down, have a drink and go out dancing, do it. If you want to light candles, slip into a bath and delve into a romantic novel, do it. If you want to run a freakin’ marathon (def not relaxing in my book but I digress…), do it. Just let go of the stress and tension that fills your life on a daily basis and allow yourself to simply live, breathe and enjoy whatever is nourishing your soul.
For me, relaxation means breaking routine. It means quieting the overwhelming thoughts that cloud my brain on a daily basis and having fun. It means spending time with friends and laughing until my stomach hurts. It means staying up past my [grandma] bedtime and sleeping in late the next day. It means maybe having one-too-many vodka sodas because the bartender was buying. And it means waking up the next day and going to the gym because I want to, not because I “have to”.