The Paleo lifestyle is more than just about food.
Mark Sisson in his latest book, The Primal Connection, talks extensively about the importance of play and “being a little selfish”.
I took this to mean:
1) A relaxing bath EVERY single night after a long day of work and parenting. I like to add a cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Epsom salts are a great, inexpensive way to absorb magnesium since its tougher to absorb by ingesting magnesium supplements.
2) I’m a multi-tasker so I also take this time to oil cleanse my face with coconut oil. I first learned about the oil cleansing method from this site but Liz Wolfe breaks it down even better in her latest work, The Skintervention Guide which I highly recommend.
3) Add a cup of chamomile tea and you’ve got yourself a hell of a spa retreat, as long as you don’t lay back on toddler toys like I do. If you really want to get fancy you can play your favorite meditative music on your ipod.
My wind down routine used to include a glass of wine but alcohol is not helpful if you have a severe case of leaky gut like I do so I limit that to an occasional treat for now.
Once in a blue moon we like to watch a movie in the evening. I know this usually hipes me up. To mitigate the effects and not jack up my circadian rhythm you’ll find me rocking this sexy look:
I know you want a pair. To learn more about why certain lights affect our sleep and what you can do, this Mark’s Daily Apple article explains it beautifully.
Since quality sleep is so important to our health I’ve been giving myself a curfew by setting an alarm on my phone to hop in the bath so I don’t lose myself in the rabbit hole that can be the internet until 2am.
4) Once in bed, I like to play some meditation music on the iPod that shuts itself off once the album finishes.
What’s your routine? How do you unwind after a long day? Leave a comment below with your tips!
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19 thoughts on “4 Ways to De-Stress After a Long Day”
Sleep is so vital and learning to incorporate a “slow down to sleep routine” is key. As I have said in my book, we do not prioritise sleep in our society which is unwise. I TOTALLY would like a pair of the glasses. Thank you.
I don’t see that the article I wrote at Go Paleo! is in any way “ripped off” by the post here. I think the ideas here are completely original and that this is an excellent blog.
I personally have been meditating lately using a silent mantra along with relaxing meditation music and you may want to consider trying that if you are having trouble with anxiety, anger, or depression.
Thank you Wendy! I think we could all use a little meditating! and a glass of “booch”. Thanks for stopping by!
You’re right that I didn’t invent the concept of de-stressing, but I’ve looked at the blog post you mention and its really quite different from my ideas and I’d never seen it before. I’m sure there are many more out there on the topic of reducing stress. Perhaps you can start a blog and share ideas of your own. You are welcome to come back and keep reading but please be respectful in your comments. From now on I will be deleting any comments that I consider out of line.
Your comment is not helpful. Not impressed and will stay away from your site
Completely different in every way. This comment is out of line. It looks like you may just be fishing for some hits of your own.
I just happened to stumble upon this blog today. I was skimming around and you talk about all the stuff I’m interested in! Cool!…But what’s not cool are the first two comments above. They are kinda on the offensive side. 🙁 Shame on those two! This is a personal blog. See the first person experiences? See the beautiful family shots? Sheesh!
Anyway, are those glasses the same kind of glasses I wear when I do laser treatments?
Thanks Kathy! I’m not sure about the glasses! My husband is convinced they’re the same ones you get at a hardware store! I just bought the ones Mark Sisson recommended on Amazon. Here is the link! http://amzn.to/ZLkxo4
The glasses I have block the green and blue light and are a bit on the red side. I guess they do the same thing. Now I have a new use for them! Thanks for the tip. 🙂
Awesome! Sure thing! I got it from Primal Connection, by Mark Sisson- plenty more tips there!
Great tips Sylvie!! I’ll de-stress by cooking and eating lots of bacon 😉
To your “integrity” commenter, I fail to see how she is ripping anyone off. That link you posted has nothing related to this article, and since you clearly aren’t the first Paleo person on earth, and are not the first one to talk about stress or how to relive it, your comment is quite out of line. I think I’ve read multiple posts in the last 2 years from Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, and hundreds of other blogs before you so graciously posted your link on stress relief written a mere 2 months ago?? Come on now, we are here to support each other, and regardless of your thinking it may not be original, it is not plagiarizing anything you wrote (if you even wrote it) that’s for sure. Grow up!! If you want people to read your blog, being antagonistic on a fellow Paleo person’s blog is just not good etiquette.
Keep up the great content Sylvie!!
Thank you Dr. Bacon! I love that name btw!!
Wonderful post and definitely good ways to destress! And yes, I sooooo want some blue blocking glasses! It’s on my wish list! Keep up your awesome work!
Thank you Rachel! Here is the link to the glasses! They were about $10 so I bought one for each person in my house.
Thanks for the tips! And the importance of sleep can never be overstated in this day & age when it’s so sorely lacking.
Integrity: It doesn’t seem much at all like the blog post you referenced in your comment; different points almost entirely, and appropriately cited. I hope you’re not insinuating that any one blogger or individual can copyright “de-stressing”.
Brandi Sloan: Really?
Thank you Judith! For me, destressing has sometimes been more important than food!
Ill take that as a compliment! Thanks!