I just spent the past weekend as a leader at girl’s camp, and boy, was I tired when I returned home! As much as I loved spending time with the young women, sitting by the fire, roasting s’mores, and engaging in fun activities, I needed a little recuperation. This got me thinking about some simple ways I’ve found to relax after a long semester, a tiring trip, or a stressful day:

Bake a favorite treat

For me, sometimes baking a quick and yummy treat can be a relaxing hobby! It is a fun activity to do with siblings, friends, parents, spouses or kids, and benefits not only you, but everyone that gets to enjoy the tasty dessert or snack. Here is a recipe for a delicious and very easy summer treat:

Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/7987/peach-cobbler-dump-cake-i/

Soak in some sun

I know in Arizona, soaking up Vitamin D is easy since it is sunny pretty much every day. So grab your shades and lay poolside for a few hours! The sun has lots of natural health benefits, so take advantage of any time you can squeeze out of your day to be outside. But don’t forget your sunscreen!

Draw a bubble bath

Nothing says decompressing like a nice bubble bath. Let your muscles relax in the warm water, and maybe throw in a bath bomb for added enjoyment!

Do a little yoga

Some light meditative yoga is a great way to wind down, connect with your body, increase blood flow, and relax the nervous system. It also gives your mind some time to itself, and clears distractions that are usually jumping out at you throughout the day. A little rejuvenation is always good for the soul.

Get a good night’s rest

Scientists say that adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep a night, and some teenagers may need a bit more. I know I am guilty of sleeping less than the recommended seven hours most of the time, but your body will thank you for getting the right amount of sleep to function at its best.

We all feel stressed every now and again, so alleviate a little bit of that by taking a breather, relaxing, and giving your body time to unwind.

 

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