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After a stressful day, unwind with a hot bath

It is terrifying to look at the big picture sometimes, isn’t it?

So, instead let us take it day by day, moment by moment, breath by breath.

You most definitely have heard it a thousand times: “All you have is now,” and that is true. But sometimes it is also all you need to get through a difficult period.

Looking at what lies ahead can make us feel extremely anxious, scared and overwhelmed — whether it is the entire day, the entire week, the entire month or the entire year.

Living can feel like a daunting task and it is OK to feel this way. In moments of absolute dread, take deep breaths and focus on what you are doing right that second. Close your eyes and remind yourself that now is all you need to conquer.

How I get through hard times is practicing self-care.

After a long rough day, the first thing I do is head to my bathroom and grab my favorite headband and throw it on, then put on my favorite facial mask.

Once I have my face mask on, I gather all the candles I can, and fill up my bathtub with nice hot water to help me relax. I light the candles and place them around my bathroom. I then get my speaker and turn on some low soothing meditation music and grab my favorite book.

I find my bubble bath and add the bubbles to the water to add to the aesthetics of my bath. I like to be in the bath for around 20 to 30 minutes so that I can really unwind and lose my thoughts in my book.

By that time, the water starts to cool down, so I am ready to get out. I wash off my face mask and pat dry my face with a clean towel. I then use an exfoliator to get rid of any dead skin on my face. It makes me feel refreshed and new.

Once I dry off, I like to grab my favorite Squishmallow and cuddle up to continue to read. At this point, I feel relaxed and at ease. All my worries are gone, and I ended the day with a journey of self-care and relaxation.

It’s not always easy to keep up with self-care, but once you get a routine that suits you, it gets much easier and it feels almost rewarding for all the hard work you put in day in and day out.

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Alexis Harpster is a reporter for Juniata Valley Family and The Sentinel.

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