Stress weakens your immune system, disrupts sleep, causes headaches, and increases irritability and anxiety – which cause many of us to over-eat. But if you start early in the stress cycle, you can beat all of these problems before they begin. It’s time for some stress-busting TLC.
- Take 15 minutes for yourself every day to do something that is just for you. Then, once a week, schedule a longer stretch of “Me time.” Whether it’s reading a book, going out to dinner or a movie, or heading to the gym, taking time out from stressful thoughts and work is vital to your wellbeing.
- Set the mood with scent. If there’s a scent you associate with relaxation – a favorite fragrance your local day spa uses, for example – bring that into your home and light that candle, or use that scented oil, when you need to put your mind in a more peaceful, meditative state. Scent is a powerful trigger for relaxation. Not sure what scent will help relax you? Try our 15-minute Perfect Sense Paraffin with Aromatherapy treatment. Your hands and feet are slipped into gloves with warm paraffin scented with essential oils for a few moments of pure bliss.
- Get a massage. Massage not only relieves physical tension, but it reduces stress by releasing endorphins into your system. It also increases circulation and helps your concentration. Our signature Swedish Massage uses firm, gentle pressure to relieve tension for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes.
It’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed by responsibilities this time of year. But deep down you know that the world will not fall into chaos if you take an hour to do something good for yourself. In fact, the world might look a whole lot better when you do.