10 Things You Can Do to Destress and Take Care of Yourself on a Saturday

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1. Get a 90-minute Massage

I truly believe that massage therapy is one of the best things you can do for your health and for your body. There are so many benefits to massage therapy, but I get massages to help me manage stress, stretch my muscles, enhance immunity, improve my skin, improve my circulation, and relieve migraine pain. I’ve been getting massages regularly for most of my adult life, and I’m incredibly lucky that I’ve had the same massage therapist for more than a decade, but if you don’t have a therapist you love, try a membership massage therapy spa, like Massage Heights, Massage Envy, or Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. You can usually use your HSA dollars at these retailers and test out different massage therapists each month until you find one that you love.

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2. Visit an Infrared Sauna Spa

After your massage, go to a local sauna studio, so you can sweat out even more of the toxins released during your massage. It’s an additional 30-45 minutes of relaxation and pure bliss. I prefer CYL (Create Your Life) Sauna Studios in Boulder or Cherry Creek (if you’re local to the Denver area), but they also have locations in Texas, Missouri, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. If you can’t find a sauna studio, visit your local gym and sit in the regular sauna for 30 minutes, take a dip in the hot tub, or climb into a warm bubble bath at home.

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3. Take a Nap

Especially if you get a massage or have a sweat sesh and you’re tired, you should give in to your body’s urge to take a mid-afternoon or early evening nap. I don’t make a habit of this, but I’m always sleepy on the days I get a massage or engage in extra self-care practices, so I let myself sleep as long as my body needs to. It’s so important to drink extra water and sleep to let your body do what it needs to do to flush out all of those toxins and recover. I never nap as well as I do after a massage, so I’ve learned to embrace this extra benefit.

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4. Clean, Organize, and Restock One Area of Your Car

Unless you can afford to take your car to a full-service car wash, I recommend tackling one spot of your car at a time to get a really deep clean. I know I always feel like I have my life together when my car is clean, organized, and stocked with my car necessities. Whether it’s your center console, glove box, or trunk, take 30 minutes to deep clean the area, take stock, and make a list of things you need to grab from inside the house or pick up on your next Target run to ensure it’s fully stocked with whatever you normally keep in that spot.

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5. Take out the Trash

There’s just something about having all of the trash taken out of your life that makes everything feel a bit less stressful. Start in your car, empty the trash can and collect any extra trash you’ve accumulated over the week–food wrappers, empty/old drink containers, receipts–and toss them. Then, move into your house. Go around and collect any trash that hasn’t made it into a trash can over the week if you have any, empty the trash bin in each room, and then empty the kitchen trash bins. Take all of the trash to the dumpster or your garbage collection bin.

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6. Take Yourself out to Dinner

Or make yourself a yummy dinner. I personally don’t love cooking, and my secondary love language is quality time, so going out to eat is one of the ways I feel most loved. If you don’t enjoy going out to eat by yourself (I personally do), then recruit a friend to go with you to your favorite restaurant. Order your favorite meal, indulge, and order that dessert. Or go somewhere totally separate for dessert. I don’t know about you, but I’m always a “yes” for a pizookie!

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7. Listen to a Podcast

Whether you’re in the car driving to your massage, the sauna, or dinner, play a podcast episode or two. I’m currently loving Jillian on Love.

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8. Paint Your Nails (or Get a Mani/Pedi)

When it’s in the budget, you should totally splurge on going to get a mani/pedi at your favorite nail spa, but even if it’s not, you should make some time before you go to sleep to make sure your toes and fingers are groomed and painted. Choose a seasonally appropriate color and have fun! You can always tell how stressed I am by the state of my nails, so making time to do them helps me feel a little better about life.

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9. Watch Your Favorite Show

Or find a new favorite show. Carve out some time to just veg out and watch an episode or two of a show you’ve been meaning to watch or catch up on episodes from a show you’re currently watching. You could also watch a movie if you have some extra time.

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10. Read a Book

There’s nothing better than cuddling up in bed with an addicting book at the end of a relaxing and productive day. Read without guilt and get fully immersed in the story knowing that everything you’ve done today has helped you feel a little less stressed. I love a good thriller on nights like these, but any genre you love to read that lets you escape the real world is perfect. Read until you can’t keep your eyes open any longer.

What are your favorite things to do to help you destress and take care of yourself? Leave a comment below!

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