We've been focusing on injury prevention a lot lately because it can easily be avoided with a little self-care discipline. It's all too easy to play tennis or go to your regular workout and then hop into the car, go home and get on with your day. That's all well and good, but if your workout isn't including a cool down stretch you're going to pay for it the next day, especially if you have areas that need a little additional TLC after working out. It's not all about the stretching, a cool down also involves your heart rate slowing down naturally and safely as well as focusing your mind. We like to see it like the punctuation at the end of a sentence. A sentence isn't complete without it and your workout isn't complete without a cool down and these additional self-care options. 

Here's an example of a cool down, so you can see what it should include: 

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Additional self-care tasks you could also do so you end your day feeling good:

Epsom Salt Bath

We love epsom salts  they are great to pour into your bath after a workout, before you go to bed because they are high in magnesium which is good for detoxifying cells. Great for helping your muscles recover quicker. 

Zone Out

We are constantly on the pulse it seems, whether it's constantly checking emails, social media, planning work, managing schedules. It can all get too much, especially if you don't allow yourself some time to zone out/switch off. We suggest you take a minimum of 5 minutes after your workout, shower/bath to just close your eyes and breathe! Tap into your body, and switch off from the outside world. We hold so much tension in our bodies without even realizing. It's time to let it go and relax. 

Gratitude List

By now we know that our minds and bodies are connected, in fact they are intricately entwined. Writing a gratitude list shifts are perception on our lives, and ultimately changes are mindset into thinking more positively and therefore rising our vibration. Stress seems to melt away when we count our blessings, even on the days when it's hard to find them. This exercise takes no time at all, get a pen and a piece of paper and jot down 5 things you're grateful for! Do it at the end of the day, so you go to sleep feeling good!