Cup of Inspiration Tips: Relax, Refuel, & Recharge

Do you feel guilty about taking time for yourself? Do you find it difficult to find time to relax or to actually relax when you do find time? If so, today’s post and accompanying video is for you.

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Let’s deal with the guilt issue and get it out of the way.  This is something I have dealt with since becoming a parent. It is built from an unrealistic expectation of myself that I need to be focused on everyone’s needs before my own.

The truth is that taking time for yourself is a benefit to others as well as yourself. It took me years to figure out that if I am in a good place it is easier to handle the needs of others. The opposite is also very true. If I have not taken time for myself I much more likely to be frustrated, rushed, and emotional. This is not good for me or anyone in my path.

No time to relax? We live in a society that praises busyness. We are often torn between so many obligations that we can’t catch our breath. It might surprise you to learn that you may have more time available than you think .

I recommend tracking your time for an entire week and charting it so that you can see exactly where your time is going. If you find wasted time you find a way to schedule in time for yourself in that spot.

If you don’t find a lot of gaps of time in your day or week it may be time to reevaluate some of your choices and commitments. I found  The Best Yes, By Lysa Turkeurst to be a great resourse for my own busy issues.  It focuses on helping you say yes to the best things and no to the things that work against the best things – even if they are good things.

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Make a list of what is relaxing to you. This is different for everyone. I love a hot bubble bath with book, candles and wine. Grabbing a good book, a glass of ice tea and heading outside to read is another way I relax. A great massage, lunch with friends, and yoga are other great options for me.  It is nice to have a list of what works for you in the event you end up with unexpected free time.

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Schedule it. That is right. Schedule that me time  into your life. I find it best to schedule my me time after I have completed the most pressing tasks. This allows me relax without feeling pressured by those tasks.

Can’t Relax?   Multitasking while you “relax” could be the culprit. If you are checking emails while you watch T.V., checking social media while your read, or answering phone calls during your massage you are not fully relaxed or focused.

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Multitasking can be a good thing but it doesnt promote relaxation. Make sure you are fully present in your me time. Take note of the things that tempt you to distraction and remove them. Silence your phone. Turn off the wi-fi. Put on some headphones. Do whatever it takes to remove the distractions. You will be better equipped to do all those tasks after you.

Do you have any relaxation or time management tips to share? What is your perfect idea of relaxation? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Check out the video – same topic but not the same content!

Unboxing: Ipsy Glam Bag

Guess what happens when you hug a book to your chest while recording the video review of it ?

Well, if you are clutching said book on top your microphone you get fuzzy audio. That brings me to today’s video. Rather, the video you are not getting today.

This not a review of Heartless. The book review video could not be saved though editing. Yes, it is the second time I have recorded it and failed. Let’s move on.

The last thing I want to do is skip uploading a video for you . Luckily, my daughter and I made this video of our Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing for fun. While it is not the normal sort of video I post it is free of fuzzy audio and that’s gotta count for something right?

My IPSY Glam Bag Unboxing Video

So,What is Ipsy?

If you love cosmetics and trying new products at a budget price you will love IPSY Glam Bags. They are a monthly subscription box that includes a make up bag, samples & full size cosmetic products that are picked for you based on the profile you fill out.

I love it because you can change your profile questionnaire and  the types of products you would like to receive at at any time.

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For $10 a month you will receive full size products and generous sample size products. I have found several new products that I love via my IPSY Glam bag. It gives me the opportunity to try out a wide variety of colors and products with out breaking the bank.

The samples are generous sizes. I pack my favorite sample when I travel. It saves me space and money.

Get your own Glam Bag HERE

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POST VIDEO PRODUCT UPDATES:

I am happy with all of this months products.  

Eyeliner: It went on smooth and the color was nice.

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Lip Color:  Love the color. Love the feel. It is not long lasting but it is very moisturizing. I will buy this product when it runs out.

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Bag: Super cute. Great size.

Mask: Have not used yet.

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Mascara: Not bad. Not great. I will use it for travel.

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Blush: Nice color but it is a bit to red on me. I will use this shade in the winter when my skin tone is lighter. 

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Have a blessed & beautiful da