One of Martha Stewart’s Beauty Secrets

Since it’s Halloween, I saw it appropriate to share this for today. One of Martha Stewart’s Beauty Secrets, number 2 in fact, (see #1 HERE) is to relax for at least 20 minutes a day. No, driving for 20 minutes doesn’t count, and neither does eating during your 20 minutes break. You need to sit or lay and CHILL for at least 20 minutes. Martha Stewart has an extremely busy schedule, she’s always in meetings, You could spend your time reading or watching a calming movie, or some experts say you should just do nothing. I hope you can get off work or school a little early (like me, YAY!) and take some time during your time off to do the following, found HERE:

  1. Sit

    Find a comfortable place to sit. Sit with you back straight and feet on the floor. Be comfortable, but alert.
  2. Close your eyes

    Just relax. Close your eyes. Let everything fall away.
  3. Breathe in

    Breathe in through your nose. Feel the breath fill your body.
  4. Breathe out

    Exhale through your nose. Feel your body collapse. Breathe out fully.
  5. Repeat

    Continue breathing. After each time your breath in and out, say (or think) the word “One”. Continue for 20 minutes. You can change the word to anything meaningful for you.
  6. Practice daily

    Repeat this everyday. Have a set time to do it. Don’t worry about setting an alarm, just have a clock nearby that you can see. If you start drifting in thought, gently return to your breathing.
  7. Mini-relaxations

    During your day, stop a few times and ‘do a mini’. Just breath in and out for about a minute. This will relax you and begin to teach your body how to respond to stress in a calm way.