7 Ways to Relax at the End of the Day That Aren't Wine
I like wine, I drink wine, I drank several glasses of wine this week. I also think that the narrative floating around that mamas need wine to unwind after a long day of caregiving and / or working is problematic. Alcohol can actually be detrimental to attempts to recharge your batteries.
Even one drink can reduce sleep quality. One study found that moderate alcohol consumption lowered restorative sleep quality by 24%.
If you drink more than one drink at a time regularly, you run the risk of inflammation, stomach problems, circulatory problems and much more.
After 2 glasses of wine, I usually feel dehydrated, have digestive issues, feel bloated, don’t feel as rested after a night’s sleep and about 7 out of 10 times develop a migraine - not the effects I am looking for when looking for a way to unwind at the end of a particularly rough day.
I’ve decided to do my own version of Dry January and give up wine for a month to opt for other, more relaxing activities. When studied, volunteers who participated in one Dry January study reported feeling more healthy, losing weight, feeling accomplished and more. Not a bad start to the year, eh?
Here are a few ways that I plan to relax after this month’s long days, sans wine:
Restorative yoga - restorative yoga is amazing. You basically just lay down for an hour and feel exponentially better. I love the digital yoga classes on Glo for when I can’t get out of the house.
Enjoy a warm cup of tea. Here is a list of my favorite organic teas.
Enjoy a long dinner with a friend. As often as I can, I like to disconnect from my phone and social media and go to dinner with a friend. Even if it’s just downstairs while the baby sleeps upstairs.
Read a fiction novel. There’s something about a good fiction novel that helps me just escape from the tensions of the day-to-day. I’m currently reading Shantaram and it is amazing.
Take a long warm bath. I like to fill up the bath tub add some himalayan bath salts, turn on some classical music, light a candle or two and let the stress from the day melt away.
How do you relax at the end of a hard day?