After the festival of food, revelry and fun, it is time to rest, rejuvenate and let the body cleanse itself so that it can regain its balance and shape again. The previous week has been one of excess food and spirits, not to mention late nights and lack of sleep, so this week can be the one to prepare oneself for the upcoming wedding season.Sleep: This is number one on the agenda. A good night’s restful sleep can take years off the face. Sleep also makes people relaxed, cheerful and takes away fine lines and sallow skin. Other activities which can induce deep relaxation are shava-asan, pranayam and chanting ‘Om’.
Reflexology: For all the ladies who have been wearing high heels last week, there is nothing like a session of reflexology. Soaking feet in warm water, followed by reflexology, is a treat for tired feet.
Shirodhara: This is a must if one is tired as the treatment is a popular ayurvedic procedure used as a de-stressor.
Neck and shoulder massage: Coupled with flexibility exercises and hot pads, this can relieve days of knotted muscles and also relieve physical manifestations of stress.
Water, fruit and herbal tea detox: A day spent eating only fruit, and drinking only herbal teas and water is a definite way to detoxify one’s liver.
A holiday: Spending a few hours away from laptops, iPads, BlackBerrys and other phones is a great way to relax. Constant use of devices can make people edgy and restless, and it creates irritability and frustration. One can spend a few hours in silence or listening to the sounds of nature. Nowadays, a lot of music for healing and meditation is available. Listening to such music synchronises the body rhythm.
A walk: Natural sunlight and an unhurried walk can cure many anxieties and gives a good perspective to things. A break from the constant hurried pace of rushing around is also a good idea, even if it’s just for a few hours.
From HT Brunch, October 30
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