Rest–It Does A Body Good

You get that phone call and the voice on the phone ask what you will be doing later on. They seem confused when you say nothing. They are even more confused when they ask if you would like to go with them to their favorite restaurant, the movies, a concert–you get the picture, and you say no.

They want to know what you will be doing, and you tell them nothing. Nothing at all. You want to stay around your house in your pajamas and do nothing. You want to rest. You want to be left alone for a while.

Rest is something that most women of a certain age have to learn how to do. Women of a certain age can find something to do, something to fix, somewhere to go when others are struggling to do anything.

Now I’m not talking about that awful thing called a power nap. Which never gave me any power–it just made me want to sleep more. Meaningful rest is different for different people.

It could be:

  • Reading a book
  • Listening to music (that no one else in your house likes)
  • Wrapping up in a blanket and laying on the couch
  • Enjoying a glass or two of wine
  • Enjoying a cup or two of coffee
  • Just sitting and meditating
  • Just sitting
  • Sleeping

Meaningful rest is when we can rejuvenate our minds and bodies. Meaningful rest goes by many names such as self-care, self-love, self-compassion and more.

As our bodies and brains mature it takes longer to reenergize, heal and rejuvenate. We have to learn to turn the outside and inside world off.

Some of us have to go away to truly get meaningful rest, but with the state of travel now the rest will be lost because of transportation issues.

Meaningful rest is like a battery, you must leave it plugged up so that it can recharge fully. It can be used with only a little power, but it will soon cut off again. The same holds true for all of us.

Every so often “do nothing” just for you. You will feel better, look better and be better. Sometimes you just need to stop and smell the flowers. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

*Yep, I’m a cat person.

Nighty Night–8 Tips For A Better Sleep By Arianna Huffington

I am one of those people who leaves the card on my bed at the hotel because I want the linen changed each day (give me a discount, and I might not).  As I reached for the card at my last hotel stay, I read something that made a lot of sense. It was Arianna Huffington’s  8 Tips For A Better Sleep.

As I have matured sleep has become more important.  At one time I could function very well on 4 to 5 hours of sleep, but as I have matured I need more.  As women of a certain age sometimes our sleeping patterns can go into some craziness because of the dreaded menopause.  You know, you just can’t get to sleep, or you wake up and then you are just up for the rest of the night.

Will her 8 tips work?  I’m not sure, but I do agree with trying them.  There are some things that I probably won’t do.  I can drink coffee at 10 PM and then go to bed, and it does not bother me.

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Take a look at the list and hopefully you will get some idea(s) on helping you get a good nights sleep–it’s worth a try.  Sleep does make you feel better and even look better. Ms. Huffington has written a book about the importance of sleep in our everyday life–The Sleep Revolution. It sounds like an interesting read.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Have a good nights sleep.  Sweet dreams!  In the comment section, tell us some of the things you do to get a good nights sleep.

Looking Good When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep (Quick Fixes for Sleepy Skin)

You partied a little too much last night or you just couldn’t sleep last night, but now it’s time to go to work.  You look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see.  It’s time for a quick fix that can get you on your way.  Make no mistake, the best way to look good is to get enough sleep, but we all know that sometimes we just can’t do it.

There are many products out there that claim to work miracles, and we will touch on them as we go, but this time we are going to discuss remedies that are free or almost free. These items will help wakeup your face.

First off please remember that applying too much makeup over sleepy skin looks like too much makeup over sleeping skin.  It is not a good look.  In this case less is better.

Both solutions can be found in the refrigerator.  The first remedy is ice, just plain ice.  Fill a medium size mixing bowl with ice, pour the ice into your bathroom sink and add cold water.  Splash your face with the cold water (if your hands are not cold, then add more ice) about five times.  Then take an ice cube and rub it under each eye to help with puffiness.  You will be surprised—this does help.

If you can’t stand the cold, then go back into the refrigerator and get that box of baking soda.  Wet your face, then pour a small amount of baking soda in your hand and apply it to your face.  While your face is wet and has the baking soda on it, gently rub your face in a circular motion—you re exfoliating dull skin. You can then rinse your face with plain water.

Each one of these remedies can be used in the case of an emergency fix. After you have done either of the suggestions above, follow your same routine for applying your makeup, but remember that today, less is more.

Ladies if you have any solutions for sleepy skin, please make comments.  It’s all about sharing—we’ve all been there.

See you next week.  Thisisyourbestyear.