How To Reset Your Body And Mind After a Bank Holiday
I love Bank Holiday weekends! I mean, who doesn’t? Okay, so if you are a hospitality hero then you probably don’t, but for most of us, it is a much needed 3 day-weekend that could definitely come around more often.
This one was slightly weird as it arrived only 2 weeks after the last one and we don’t have that long to wait until the next one but nevertheless, they are always the perfect excuse to let your hair down and/or catch up on chores. If your Bank Holiday largely consisted of the first (let your hair down) then you may not be feeling your best self today.
But Tuesday is a fresh start, a time for new goals and intentions to kick into action. However, it can be hard to accomplish these goals or have a positive mindset whilst we wallow in our hangovers. So why not use today as a little bit of a detox? Self-care, and reset before the week starts. I encourage you to try resetting today so that everything in your life can start fresh come tomorrow — including your mindset.
These tips can also be put into practise every Sunday to ensure that you begin to love Mondays - because wouldn’t that be great? Just as great as if you loved running or waking up at 5am.
Reset your hair.
If, like me, you haven’t touched your hair since Saturday or you have tortured it all weekend with straighteners then it deserves a little TLC. Our recommendation: try a coconut oil hair mask.
Massage about one-third cup (for medium-length hair — adjust according to your hair length!) of coconut oil into your scalp, then run your fingers through your hair to coat the rest of your strands. Pull your hair into a high bun, then go about your day — meal prepping, going to the gym, cleaning, whatever you do. At the end of the day or on Tuesday morning, wash out the oil in the shower. Be sure to scrub well, and you can even double-shampoo to make sure it’s all out! Your hair will dry soft, healthy-looking, and full of bounce for an automatic good-hair-Week.
Reset your gut.
Most of my Bank Holiday Weekends consist of overindulging which means by the Monday I am left feeling a little bloated. Try this: mix a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, a tablespoon of water, half a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey together — then down it like a shot. It will help you digest what’s sticking around in your stomach and detox your body. For the rest of the day, sip on peppermint tea to continue to movement.
Reset your stuff.
Give yourself a little extra time on Tuesday morning by making sure your computer and work bag is prepped, this will also combat some stress. Close out all tabs and notifications on your computer. Unsubscribe from annoying promo emails and delete unnecessary items from your downloads folder. Wipe down your screen and keyboard. Then, I challenge you to shut down your computer and have a computer-free rest of your Monday — your emails can wait until tomorrow.
To reset your bag, dump the contents out into a pile on a clear area of your floor (preferably not carpeted). First, throw away all rubbish and receipt scraps. Then, take out anything that belongs in your house (Tupperware, your water bottle, that fork), and put it where it goes. Then, gather up all of your odds and ends like hair ties, earbuds, paper clips, and lipglosses and pare them down (you probably don’t need three different hand lotions). Place the necessary items into a zippered pouch for safekeeping. Then, put everything back in your bag and put it away until tomorrow.
Reset your skin.
Your skin deserves a deep clean to start the week. To start off this regimen, massage your face with an oil-based cleanser. If you don’t have one, you can use high-quality coconut or avocado oil. Once your face has a light coating of oil, run warm-to-hot water over a washcloth and wring it out. Lay the cloth over your face and let it sit until it cools. Then, use the cloth to wipe off all oil. This gives your face a clean slate to work effectively with your cleanser and absorb any products you put on it. After the oil cleanse, wash your face with your typical cleanser (I love this one) and post-wash, use an exfoliator (this is my favourite).
If you find yourself exfoliator-less, use some apple cider vinegar on a cotton pad. After the exfoliator, apply a DIY spot treatment to breakouts made of equal parts turmeric and honey. If you’d like, you can apply your favourite face mask on top of the spot treatment! Rinse off your mask, apply toner and moisturiser, and let your skin glow.
Reset your muscles.
After busting some serious moves on the dance floor and working out those legs after countless hours in heels, your muscles need to relax. When you don’t have the time (or money) for a full-body massage, take a salt bath. To make the bath, add two cups of bath salt to your bathtub before filling with water so it can dissolve. For a bit of aromatherapy, you can add a few drops lavender or eucalyptus essential oil to the tub. The magnesium content of bath salt can be absorbed through the skin, which helps get rid of lactic acid and improve flexibility. The bath will draw out toxins while reducing stress (and it’s also great for period pain). You can even do this while your facial dries from the step above.
Reset your teeth.
If the weekend’s red wine and coffee runs have left your teeth far from pearly, try oil pulling to reset. The action of oil pulling, along with coconut oil’s antibacterial properties, helps to draw out toxins and whiten teeth. Plus, people swear by it for hangovers. To oil pull, swish half a tablespoon of melted coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Being very careful not to swallow the oil, spit it into your sink, rinse with warm water, then brush your teeth. You’ll have fresh breath and toothpaste-advert-worthy teeth.
What do you do to start your week on the right foot? Do you have any weekend rituals?