Getting to the spa can be a costly adventure but we all deserve to wind down. What if you could have the perks of the spa at home? After all, whether it’s work or family, your days and weeks can become exhausting and it’s good to reward yourself with relaxation and rejuvenation.
For one thing, STRESS. We all know the word and feelings that come with it very well. Stress not only tenses the muscles in the body but is also believed to be connected to other health issues such as higher blood pressure, headaches and ulcers.
Treat your body well no matter your finances or schedule. I want to share with you some simple ways to relax and create your own spa night in the comfort of your own home.
Pumice your Feet
These are great and easy to find at any local store with shower or beauty supplies in the bath or body section and cost under 3 dollars! Use these to gently scrub dead skin off of calloused and dry places, paying close care not to over scrub or damage the skin. This will exfoliate unnecessary discomfort and build up from your skin, allowing new skin to come through in a healthy and glowing way.
Walk in an Ice Bath
This is a common European and Asian tradition for bettering your circulation and general relaxation. If you are doing this at home, I recommend getting a tub of cold water and ice and placing it either on the bathroom floor or just outside the bathroom. Stand or sit with your water in the tub while moving your toes and feet in opposing motions for just a few moments. Then…
Create a Steam Room
Once you’ve used your makeshift ice bath, enjoy some heat. Either jump into a steaming shower or fill up your tub (before the ice bath) with some hot water. Enhance the experience with some eucalyptus shower spray. It will not only smell nice but further relax your muscles, expand your breathing passages and attack unwanted viruses and bacteria.
Don’t underestimate the power of deep and gentle stretching. Allow the renewed circulation and heat of the water to pour into your muscles to aid in their relaxation and healing. Roll your neck from side to side, roll your shoulders and do some gentle twists to really get deep into the tension and let it out.
Don’t forget to breathe. It’s the oxygen coming into the brain and the muscles that causes the rest of the body to relax and heal. So when you breathe, breathe deeply. If you are lucky enough to have the Eucalyptus oil in the air, breathe that much more deeply and be a blessing to your lungs, heart and stress level.
Your body goes through so much environmental, physical and emotional stress each day. At Eurospa, we believe that the body needs to be nurtured through this to experience good health and positive life quality.
Do your best and be gentle with yourself. Life is a gift. Live it well.
by: Navae Fiona
Stress is a hot topic everywhere whether you are male or female and so often it has to do with our busy lives and family dynamic. But how do you relieve that stress when you feel there’s just no time to handle it? It’s time we talk about the simple and affordable tips to relieve stress quickly at home and on the go.
Let’s talk about the men first. We know you guys. You are a hard working crowd with a lot of pressure on your shoulders. And whether you are the game watching or fine dining type, you have the right to experience the relaxing fruit of your labor!
And Ladies? We know you too. Whether you are a mother at home, working hard at your career or the busiest of the two worlds: BOTH, we invite you to take the time here and there to reward yourself for your thorough dedication to your many responsibilities!
I know we all have heard of the dangers stress brings to our lives, but I do want to touch base on a few major points (before I go into the fixes) so that we remember to take it seriously and take charge of the stress relief we so greatly deserve.
So what is stress? It’s simply a fact of nature. Forces from the inside or outside world affect people in various ways and the individual responds to stress in ways that affect both themselves and their environment as well. Due to the overabundance of stress in our modern lives, we tend to think of stress as a negative experience, but from a biological point of view, stress can be a neutral, negative, or positive experience. In general, stress is related to both the external and internal factors. External factors include the physical environment, such as your job, relationships with others, your home and all the situations, challenges, and expectations you have to deal with on a daily basis. Internal factors determine how your body responds to and deals with the external stress-inducing factors. The internal factors that influence your ability to handle all that stress include your nutritional state, overall health and fitness levels, emotional well-being, and the amount of sleep and rest you get.
Now that that’s clear, let’s talk about some simple ways to deal with it all!
- Move Your Body: Pretty clear, don’t you think? When we move our bodies via running, dancing, yoga, weight training, cycling and other forms of movement, we release dopamine (a happy hormone) and get rid of cortisol (the stress hormone that wreaks havoc). Our heart rate increases and our whole bodies get into a groove of joy and excitement.
- Eat Well, Live Well: Just a few simple rules here. Stay away from white foods as much as you can. This includes white breads, pastas, rice and sugar. These cause peaks and lows with our blood sugar, contributing to mood swings and feelings of anxiety. Make sure your food includes veggies and fruits in a variety of color (extra greens if you can) and that you are adequately hydrated. DRINK WATER. You may be surprised at how much that single tip helps!
- Breathe Deep: Annoying people and frustrating circumstances are all around us and this is the most easy tip yet the hardest to remember. Breathe in through your nose slowly and deeply, pausing at the peak of inhalation. This activates the back of your brain, causing a slower and calmer reaction time.
- Relax: This is, of course the most enjoyable tip. What relaxes you? Whether it’s a massage or a slow walk in the park, you can determine what you will enjoy. I know for me, my favorite two things are to sit in a hot tub or sauna or to sit in the sunshine with a book.
- Gratitude: Be thankful. Yes, times can be hard. I’m not at all saying it’s easy. We can recognize the pain, feel it and then take a deep breathe and really be thankful for the beauty that *is* in our lives – the things that are working, the people that do love us and the health we are experiencing.
- Laugh: Enjoy your laughter! Talk to an old friend and think back on old times. Recall stories that make you smile. Play with children. Invite friends over for charades! Watch a comedy. Laughter is healing. Don’t underestimate it’s power.
- Sleep: Here’s the most medicinal one. We tend to slack on sleep because our work and family load can keep us busy until midnight. Then we wake to being our recurring routine at 6 am the following morning and then wonder why we are burnt out. Many medical studies agree that we need to turn off all media at least an hour prior to bed time. In that hour, practice the art of being in the present moment and just letting everything else go. Take a hot bath with some drops of lavender oil and a few sprays of eucalyptus shower mist to the steam – and do the same with the lavender and eucalyptus to your pillow and bed sheets for an even deeper sleep relaxation. Read, pray and be thankful. Trust that tomorrow will have plenty of beauty of it’s own to be thankful for as well.
Your health is so important and it begins with your state of mind and being. Take care of your mind, body and soul and the rest will begin to fall more peacefully into place. At Eurospa we want to know that people’s live are enriched and full of beautiful health. Don’t hesitate to ask what we can do for you!
Enjoy the day that awaits you!
by: Navae Fiona