5 Ways to Relax During the Week (Without Netflix)

Sometimes the work week can feel so mundane that we get into a monotonous pattern; go to work or class, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Repeat. We want to help get you (and ourselves) out of that routine.

We understand the exhaustion and hectic schedule that comes with working full time or being a full time student. Week nights can tend to feel like there isn't much time to relax in between the commute home, making dinner, preparing for tomorrow, and getting enough sleep. Within that window of time, most of us tend to gravitate towards Netflix because it's a good way to unwind and it's easy. However, if you're feeling a lack of motivation and productivity in your week nights, we recommend putting Netflix on hold...at least for a few nights out of the week.

We've come up with five ways to relax without watching Netflix. 

1. Take a Hot Bath 

Taking a long, relaxing bath, especially in the winter, is the perfect cure to any Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) blues. Go all out with candles, a magazine, your favorite playlist, a glass of wine, and soothing, fragrant bath salts. 

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2. Settle into a Good Book with Some Tea

At one point or another, we have all said we are meaning to read more. So why not put that into action. Settle down with a cup of green tea full of antioxidants and relax your mind and body. It doesn't have to be a novel that is overwhelming to finish. There's short stories, poetry, self help books, autobiographies of your favorite icons, etc.--anything that you want to learn more about.

Book recommendations: Emma by Jane Austen, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, The Gospel According to Cocoa Chanel by Karen Karbo, Bossypants by Tina Fey

3. Call an Old Friend

When was the last time you actually sat down to have a phone call that lasted more than five minutes? In the age of texting, catching up on the phone has become less and less popular, but it can be very rewarding. When we don't have time during the week to socialize as much as we do on the weekends, it is important to still connect with others. Picking up the phone and calling a friend is a great way to do this as you'll get to hear stories and more in depth details of their life.

4. Journal

The worst thing about TV is that it wastes a lot of time. Spending time with a journal and self reflecting can be healthy and beneficial to you in the future. Keeping a journal is one of the best things you can do for yourself as it is a log of your life and how you felt at certain times and stages. One day, you'll want to look back and remember the specifics. It also allows you to clear your mind and get your thoughts out on paper, helping you in the present as well.

5. Meditate/Do Yoga

Yoga is a great way to unwind as it helps both body and mind. It can be as simple as doing a few stretches and meditations before bed to get you into a relaxed and tired state for sleep. It can also be beneficial if you routinely practice and allow your body to strengthen itself.    

We hope these ideas have inspired you to find ways to relax during the week. 

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5 Ways to Experience Affordable Luxury

Luxury doesn't have to mean exorbitant. We want you to experience luxury without the financial setbacks.  

 

At Pre de Provence, we are promoters of the finer things in life, however, we understand that the finer things in life are often not in the budget. We believe that  natural beauty should be an everyday, affordable luxury that doesn't have to break the bank.  You deserve to be pampered on a daily basis so we've come up with five ways you can experience affordable luxury. 

1. Spa Day from Home

Take a Sunday and focus the entire day on self care and relaxation. Sleep in, wake to natural sunlight, stay away from your phone, and put some lemon in your water to help you stay energized and hydrated. Start the day with a refreshing shower with our Eaux Fraiches Shower Gel for a soft cleanse while the uplifting spa scents fill your bathroom. For a delicate, soft cleanse, try our Rose De Mai Shower Gel, leaving skin soft to the touch. 

Then move on to moisturizing. We recommend pairing the Rose De Mai Shower Gel with Rose De Mai Body Lotion. If you want to switch it up, try our Lavender body lotion.

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Once you have moisturized and feel soft to the touch, settle into a good book, make a delicious lunch, and enjoy the rest of your relaxing day. 

2. Luxurious Bubble Bath 

If it's been a long, stressful day and you need something to make it feel less like a weekday, fill the tub and soak your worries away. For the full effect, compliment your bath with French wine, macaroons, flowers, hand crafted bar soap, scented candles, and bath salts. For an extra touch of luxury and comfort, add our Microfibre Luxury Bath Pillow, which is the perfect size for any bathtub. 

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3. Stay in Bed

Sometimes it is okay to do nothing for an entire day. Allow yourself a day to rest and relax before your busy schedule starts again. Bring your breakfast to your bed, read magazines, watch your favorite, old movies (our go to actress is Audrey Hepburn), write in your journal, drink your coffee or tea, listen to a few albums--whatever it is you love doing. While doing all these soothing activities, enjoy the luxury of fragrant bed sheets with our Lavender Blossoms and Lavender Linen Water with Sprayer. Simply place or spray the fragrance on whatever garments you wish to delicately give a sweet, calming scent.  

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4. Handcut Soaps Created in Provence

Luxury can be as simple as consistently using a product that is high quality and made with care. A Pre de Provence favorite is our Signature French Milled Soaps. With endless scents (rose petal, rosemary mint, jasmine, sandalwood, wildflower--just to name a few) and all natural ingredients enriched with Shea Butter, our handcrafted soaps from Provence add a little luxury to any day. Click here to shop all of our scents.  

 5. Luxury for Men 

Finally, let's not forget that men deserve to be pampered too. A classic way for men to experience luxury is through a good shave. To many, shaving is an art. It's a way to get ready for the day and feel some relaxation and comfort in the process. Pre de Provence understands this and that's why we've composed an entire collection dedicated to that care and luxury that men need. 

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Luxury doesn't have to be a far off, rare occurrence. With the right mindset and proper tools, everyday luxury can become an integral part of any routine! To view our entire collection of everyday luxuries, click here

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