Finals are final-ly over! You’re free from all (or most) academic responsibility, and it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch even more Netflix than you did during the school year. We’re here to help you get refreshed after finals (or any other jam-packed week) because no one wants to make seven cups of coffee a daily lifestyle requirement. Here are a few things you can do to have the stress-free “me time” that everyone needs once in a while.
Take a bath or shower.
Pamper yourself by taking a relaxing shower or bath; like a real one, not just perfunctory in and out. Don’t give yourself a time limit but soak it in (literally). Use some of Rien’s great handmade soap* with vitamin E to smell and feel better before giving your face a good scrub down with our favorite St. Ives exfoliator*. Take extra time on your hair with the L’Oreal Advanced Straight System*. It’s complete with shampoo, conditioner, and a pre-conditioner that’ll make your hair smooth and soft.
Seriously pamper yourself.
Do things just for you. Make yourself feel beautiful. Do things not that you think you need, but that make you feel better and more beautiful. After your shower, maybe put some instant tanning lotion on, like Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun*, to kickstart summer without matching the sheets of paper you’ve been reviewing. Make yourself a lip scrub out of honey, coconut oil, and sugar, and when you’re through with that, apply Softlips Cube* (also known as the best lip balm to ever exist) to keep your lips from chapping.
Watch your favorite movies.
Break out your DVD collection and log back into your Netflix because you’re having a movie night! You could also go out to a theater and watch Pitch Perfect 2 with your friends; whatever you feel like! I’d prefer getting cozy in my own bed watching Lilo and Stitch, though, so I can break out all the snacks I want. My favorites right now are the Sour Punch Punchies and Rainbow Straws*, and I usually don’t like sour candy!
Retail therapy actually works. Treat yourself and buy that thing you’ve been wanting, whether it’s lipstick or a pair of socks. We promise you won’t regret it later because you absolutely deserve it!
Clear your mind, all of it. This is the biggest and most important part of this entire list. Do whatever it takes to fully focus on your brain, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If you’d like, use an app like Headspace for a timed meditation or just wing it and be free from all surroundings for as long as you want. Try and make this a regular thing, and life will be much less stressful.
These are just a few of the things we like to do to unwind when we need to. What’s your go-to relaxation method?
Products marked with an * were complimentary and sent to us to review.