The best kept beauty secret is not always an obvious one.
Do you find it easy to relax… to take time out for yourself and wind down?
Last night, chatting to a girlfriend, musing over what I would write to you about today, I commented that I hadn’t relaxed like “this” in ages.
She said, write about that.
It was a small revelation and crystal clear.
Relaxation is as beneficial, if not more so, than any beauty treatment.
We had spent a lazy day… a girl’s day… talking about girly things. We had been laughing and catching up about all and nothing.
The afternoon was spent watching movies… there were no time constraints and was no pressure to do “something”.
No “must” anything, much enjoying of the moment.
No worrying about what’s next, or rushing here and there.
No feeling that we “should” be doing anything other than what we were.
Relaxation felt indulgent, but so, so good.
Relaxation made me feel lighter, more carefree.
The unknown weight, for I didn’t know that I felt heavy, was lifted.
Then there is the bonus of sleep.
Relaxation makes for deep, restorative sleep.
It wasn’t until I stopped and thought about relaxation that I realised it is a tricky little concept.
We might think we are relaxing, but are we?
I am guilty of faux relaxing when all I am doing is going through the motions.
True relaxation is for the self, not selfish. True relaxation is therapeutic.
Why do I think relaxation is one of the best kept beauty secrets?
When we really breathe, really wind down and truly relax… so does our face, our body and our posture.
Our muscles stop working overtime and we become tranquil, calmer.
Relaxation brings composure and like happiness, laughter and romance… it’s a beauty elixir.
Do you manage to take time for yourself? How do you truly relax? xv