There’s one sad fact that we are all too aware of today: a lot of us are stressed. Some of us may experience stress on a daily – even hourly – basis, while others may experience stress in extreme situations. Whichever way you experience stress and anxiety, it’s important to learn how to relieve yourself of it. The buildup of stress doesn’t just have a mental and emotional effect – it has an effect on your physical health as well. So how can you relieve stress and pamper yourself at the same time? Let’s find out.
One way you can relieve stress and pamper yourself at the same time is to make use of lavender. Lavender has some great properties that help lower blood pressure and make your heart rate more stable, and this can result in complete relaxation – especially when you’re about to go to sleep. To have a good night’s rest, put a sprig or two of lavender (dried or fresh) on your bedside table, or apply moisturizer with lavender as one of the main ingredients.
Give yourself a home spa treatment
Who says you have to go to the spa just to have yourself pampered? You can do it yourself right in the comfort of your own home. First, soothe your skin and body by making use of foot and hand masks you can easily apply at home. Afterwards, dim the lights, put on some nice music, light some aromatherapy candles, pour yourself a glass of wine, and indulge in a long, soaking bath (don’t forget the fragrant bath salts and bubbles!). You’ll not only feel great, you’ll look great, too.
Indulge in a luscious (and healthy) sweet treat
Yes, stress eating is all too real, and we sometimes tend to binge on the nearest sweet treat around. But eating something that’s too high in sugar can make your blood sugar levels rise, which can actually make you feel worse. Rather than bingeing on junk food, do this: eat some chocolate-covered strawberries. Go for dark chocolate rather than milk, as it contains more feel-good enzymes and has fewer calories. Strawberries are a great and healthy choice, too, since they contain a lot of vitamin C, which helps reduce free radicals in your body.
Get a massage
Another way to do away with stress – and a proven way, too – is to get a massage. Have a massage therapist visit your home and give you a massage, and not just any type of massage, either. The best kind of massage to relieve stress is a Swedish massage because of the long, soothing, and relaxing strokes. A Swedish massage improves your circulation and gives you instant relaxation. Go ahead – you deserve it.
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