Standing a lot tends to take the spring out of your step, but there are several ways to put it back. The trick is to totally change gears. Do something that’s completely different from the rest of your day.
Seek a Change of Scenery
Hot and tired feet deserve a change of venue: the most casual of socks, the most comfortable of shoes.
How about a stroll?
While it might seem counter-intuitive to walk when you’ve been on your feet all day, chances are you’ve been standing too much, which can tire out your feet from lack of circulation. If your shoes pinch or feel tight at all (especially as the day wears on) it can make the problem worse.
Walking works not only the heart but the calf muscles, which quite literally pushes the circulatory system into working better. It helps relieve the tired, heavy feeling in feet and legs. Plus, breathing more deeply and swinging your arms helps refresh and de-stress your whole self, not just your feet.
Take a Plunge
A foot bath can feel pampering and refreshing, especially if you invest in your own piece of home spa equipment.
Bathe your feet in whatever temperature feels comfortable to you. Most people like warm water best. Water that is a little warmer than your feet usually feels good and will help to dissolve bath salts or Epsom salts for the classic end-of-day soak. Diabetics should use caution with foot baths.
If you want to get adventurous, try a plain carbonated water or mineral water. You could also add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the bath, by itself or mixed with a few drops of rosemary or tea tree oil.
We suggest lavender because most people find the scent of lavender relaxing. It is also said to be good for skin irritations, while tea tree has antifungal properties and rosemary has a reputation for anti-inflammatory action. We just know we like the scent. (Be sure to dry your feet well afterward so you’re not too slippery to walk safely.)
Follow the soak and dry-off with a soothing foot cream, or try on a pair of moisturizing socks. That’s right: moisturizing socks.
Discover another Intersection of Pleasure and Health
Consider massage as well, either with a soak or alone. For feet, the latest word is reflexology and it’s not only a trend; research from credible institutions is demonstrating benefits from reflexology including relaxation, stress reduction and sleep.
If you haven’t done so already, it’s high time to pluck massage out of the “guilty pleasure” column and re-home it in “healthy choices.”
How applying pressure to feet achieves these positives is unclear. What we do know is that you can now incorporate reflexology-type massage into your home routines easily and comfortably with an acupressure massager.
Put Up Your Feet
Slip off the shoes and slip on the slippers. It turns out that Mr. Rogers knew that slippers and rest are medicine for rejuvenation. Wear open toe slippers without socks and air out your skin.
When your feet feel better, the rest of you will, too. Do something nice for your feet today.