5 Healthy Ways to Relax (Without Wine)


As many of you know, I’m prepping for my wedding by doing the 12-Week BBG program by Kayla Itsines. If you don’t already, you need to go follow her on Instagram. She is the real deal when it comes to achieving health and fitness goals. But more importantly for me, she preaches the importance of mental health and shares stories about herself and her clients that will motivate you to make positive life choices across the board.
On her Instagram, Kayla recently shared a few reasons why she doesn’t drink alcohol. I found it to be truly inspirational and started re-evaluating some of the reasons I indulge in the occasional drink.
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⭐️”Do you drink Alcohol?”⭐️The simple answer to this is no, I don’t. I have of course tried alcohol before, but it’s just not something that interests me at all. I never really liked the taste, the way it made me feel, or any of the experiences I had associated with it. I have not had alcohol in 6 years (almost 7) and I probably will never drink it again. This isn’t me trying to raise myself up or make anyone feel bad for drinking it, it’s just something that I have chosen for MY life. I have many clients that go out and have an occasional drink, Tobi will have a nice glass of wine with my dad at dinner sometimes, but I personally choose not to drink. I feel that I am a role model for a lot of young girls and I would love to show them that it’s okay not to drink if you don’t want to. I am proud to spread that message. You don’t need to feel like you HAVE TO drink alcohol to fit in. You can still be social and have fun without it. 💛😊 www.kaylaitsines.com/app

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Her reasons have nothing to do with counting calories or weight loss. It’s about her choice to live a healthy lifestyle and being comfortable in her own skin. I LOVE that she owns her lifestyle choice without condemning others who choose differently. I wholeheartedly relate to this as a mom who has been judged and shamed by certain parenting/lifestyle choices (read my post on Why Mom-Shaming Needs to Stop Now). Kayla is a refreshing dose of open-mindedness.

Like many of you mommas, I look forward to a glass of wine (or two) at the end of the night to wind down. I let the stress of the day get to me, and sometimes wine seems to be the quickest way to take the edge off. However, I sometimes feel like drinking wine makes me feel dehydrated and bloated. Drinking alcohol can also affect your sleep, which is the last thing us sleep-starved moms need!

So I began exploring a few wine-free ways to unwind. Will I give up wine/alcohol forever? Probably not! However, I found that the following seriously boosted my mood and relieved stress way more effectively than my wine habit. The consumption of fewer calories is an added bonus.

Stretch

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It’s no secret that stretching relaxes your mind, body and soul — hence the Yoga revolution. Stretching requires that you pause for a few moments, connect with your body and focus on breathing. You’re literally working out the kinks and physical stresses of the day. However, you don’t have to be a Yogi to practice stretching. Check out this 8-Minute Yoga Routine that anyone can do. And the best part is it can be done while you’re in bed!

Avoid social media

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I can literally feel the tension in the muscles around my face while I’m scrolling though social media. Pause for a moment now (yes, right now) and relax your jaw, un-squint your eyes and take a deep breath. Feel how relaxing that is? Schedule your social media for the daytime only. Cut yourself off at least an hour before bedtime. If you have separation anxiety from your phone, trying picking up a good book (preferably not a e-book) and reading it for at least 6 minutes. Your brain has to focus harder while reading, allowing your body to relax the tension in your muscles.


Drink herbal tea

There is something so relaxing about sipping hot, fresh tea. Like coffee, that warm first sip instantly soothes your soul, except most herbal teas don’t have caffeine that will keep you awake. Herbal teas offer a variety of antioxidants and other nutrients and include health benefits like reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, optimizing the digestive system, detoxifying the body, and stimulating brain function. Herbal teas can also aid sleep disorders by relaxing the body and mind — perfect for moms looking to catch-up on much needed rest. I personally love Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea with a calming blend of chamomile, spearmint & lemongrass.

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Celestial Seasonings Herbal Sleepytime Tea 40ct | $3.89 at Target

 

 

Take a walk

Need to drown out the noise of the day? Plug in your earbuds, turn up your favorite music and take a stroll outside. Walking can act as a form of meditation. I go for a power walk with my dog every evening and find that I’m instantly in a better mood just being outside. I’m also someone who deeply connects with music, so tuning into the lyrics of my favorite song can de-clutter my thoughts. Studies show there’s a direct link between the more you walk and the happier and more energetic you feel (read more of The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Walking).

Take a warm bath

Hydrotherapy has been practiced for centuries. Taking a warm bath has countless physical benefits, such as heart health, hormonal balance, muscle/joint pain relief, optimizing your core body temperature and natural skin moisturizing/exfoliation (read more of the 10 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Taking a Bath). Bathing in warm water increases serotonin, which is the chemical produced by the brain associated with happiness. It’s important to allot time to pamper yourself daily, even if it’s just for ten minutes. If you don’t have time for a long bath, taking a steamy hot shower before bed can have the same benefits.

Now tuck your devices away and go treat yourself, because you deserve it.

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I love this Oprah quote. I am defiantly guilty of putting other before me when I dont really have anything left to give. This year I am putting my health first and allowing myself time to heal and relax. I have been ill for the last few days and so I have been trying to take it easy. I took a nice long bath this evening and it was so nice to allow time for some self care. We should definitely take more time out.
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