5 of Rachel's Random Tips

Well, today I have some random tips and believe me, they are RANDOM!

1. The first one is relatively simple and I'm sure you have all heard it before but packing a lunch the night before is SO much easier. I am not a morning person at all-I feel gross, crabby and sluggish, my pills haven't kicked in, etc. so the extra 10 minutes in bed are a big deal and when I'm running or rather, walking fast stiffly out to door, I can grab my lunch and go.

2. My massage therapist told me to do this a couple weeks ago after my massage and since then I have done it about 3 or 4 times and have loved the way it makes me feel...Baths for at least 15 minutes with epsom salt (I got lavender scented epsom salt at the drugstore). I just leave the water running, drop about 1 cup into the flowing water, turn off the water, wait for it to be a good temp, put on some soothing music, light a couple candles and there you have it! I also recommend rinsing off in the shower afterwards and maybe even a little body scrub or something to get all out the toxins that maybe have been released :).

It really helped me get through this week with so much work to do and being sick with a bad cold or something. It relaxed my body, made me go to sleep better, (temporarily) cleared out my congestion some with the steam and stuff and my bathroom STILL slightly smells awesome, in a good way (I'm sensitive to smells). It also gave me something to look forward to.

3. Go on dates with people you love and like. Awhile back, I scheduled a lunch date with my Dad today. It was lovely! Highly recommend it :). It's good for you and for them and you get to enjoy some food, drink, whatever together!

4. Speaking of my dad, ever since I was little, if I was up coughing in the middle of the night coughing, he would bring me his 'special tea'. Now, I usually make it when I have a cold or something. It's simply hot tea (I like green tea), a little lemon juice and a little honey. It usually helps with coughing or just another relaxer. I also combine this in conjunction with Tip #2 :).

5. Lastly, don't feel bad if you aren't in the 'holiday spirit'. There's something that happened in me after cancer, maybe it was along with growing up, but the holidays just haven't been the same. I really try and think of the reason for the season. Sometimes it's ok and sometimes this time of year is depressing and people get cranky and everyone drives crazy and on and on.

Today, I am thankful that: I got to sleep in some and skipped an appt. I can reschedule, lunch with Dad, I got my big project done on time, family, friends and God :).




Dee said...

Epsom Salts and I are best friends, seriously, I love the baths with them.

I completely agree completely with all these tips. And number 5, really made me smile. *hugs you*.

I'm so glad you had a date with your dad! I make dates like that with my girlfriends and even Mils, it's just, it's fun. Even if we're just going to grab a cup of coffee, it's a date, and we take a walk and it's just wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rachel! I love detox baths. Here's a recipe I got out of a magazine: 1 cup epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Aloe and 1cup sea salt. Definitely add candles -
I usually light my lavender Yankee candle as lavender is supposed to be soothing and relaxing from what I've heard. (I'll be on the look out for those lavender-scented epsom salts.) The soothing music is a must, also! As Martha would say, "It's a good thing!"

lahdeedah said...


Your dad is lucky to have you. And he is lucky to have you. I love that he brought you tea >snif< when you were little, and that you asked him to lunch.

I also like the holiday tip. I'm with you totally on this one. I was decorating the tree with my kids, and I was happy but not effusive (like I usually am during the holidays). I find that the things that used to give me big highs and big lows now seem to give me big middle grounds. I think it's because after going through something so dramatic and traumatic, everything else kind of pales in comparison. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Congratulations with having residential done! I hope you did well! My mom also use to make me the hot tea with lemon and honey when I was a kid and wasn't feeling good. Best remedy ever! The bath sounds like a good idea, maybe I'll give a try sometime this week! Hope you are feeling better! - Diana

Obsessedwithlife said...

Hi Dee-
Happy to see you back a bit :). I knew others were feeling this about the holidays and wanted to tell them it's OK!

Obsessedwithlife said...

Jaki-Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a fun recipe! I'll be sure to check it out! What music do you like?

Obsessedwithlife said...

I told my Dad to read your comment :). So cute!

And yes, I agree with you about the paling in comparison!


Obsessedwithlife said...

Diana-I still have to present. Yuck, oh well.

thanks, still sick, let's get together before you go home for awhile!!

Lindsay said...

Hi Rachel-

yeah it's weird after having something so traumatic...it's like my body is confused when to feel happy/excited and when to feel...neutral. I have felt a lot of neutralness lately.


Jaime said...

Hey Rach!
I liked this post! :) I needed this. My next appt is 12/20, and I tend to get myself all worked up over these appts.....so this was great. :)

and re:the party debacle, things are still awkward with the roommate....at least she moves back home after this semester!

Obsessedwithlife said...

Jaime-Well that's good about the roomie! Just gotta do the best you can with situations like that and with life...