And just like that, it’s Christmas! Most of your shopping is completed and parties are winding down. It’s the time of year when we reflect on the year’s past accomplishments and when we start planning for the year ahead, or in this case, the new decade. For me, 2019 has been pretty intense - a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Of course a big highlight this year was FINALLY launching Piper and Dune in September - a full two years after its conception. We are truly blessed that our friends and family gave us so much love and support; each of them gave so generously of their time even when they didn’t have the time to give. Such selflessness reminds me that we all need to take some guilt-free time for yourselves this holiday season to relax and reflect- even if it is only a 10-15 minute bath!
So, as we enter the final stretch of the holiday season, I would encourage each of us to stay at home one night, turn the ringer off on your phone (in fact, leave it in another room), put on some music, read a book, or simply “take a bath.” Anyone that knows me is probably laughing at this recommendation, because I’m a bit of a hypocrite. I’m not someone who relaxes easily, it usually takes 3-4 days on a vacation before I unwind! I’ve never been able to quiet my mind enough to meditate or even stop thinking about my “to do” list either. It may seem like a waste of time, but for many of us ignoring the stress of everyday life can’t pay off. Throwing in the towel is just what our body needs sometimes.
- Laying in a tub of water is relaxing, it improves our mood and improves optimism
- Depending upon what additive you throw in your tub, it can improve skin conditions, like eczema
- It can help reduce muscle pain (like a hot compress does)
- It can help your immune system and can help to reduce cold symptoms
- Salt baths can help reduce inflammation
- Baths can clear your mind and they let your creativity shine- this time can be magical!
So, the next time you’re short on time for yourself, consider treating yourself by listening to some nice music, reading a good book and soaking in a warm bath. Your body will thank you and probably your family will too!
Have a Happy New Year!
Chris and The Piper and Dune Family
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