Perhaps the most common word today that also sums up modern lifestyle in the best possible manner is stress. Almost every other activity that we do in our daily lives, causes stress and anxiety in some form or the other – either mental or physical. Basic things like driving a car in bumper-to-bumper traffic, sitting long hours in front of a computer screen, being over-burdened with work, meeting tough deadlines, constant travelling in crowded trains and buses, and at the same time trying to juggle these activities with social obligations and family responsibilities makes us all the more vulnerable to stress and other health-related issues. However, this daily stress can be dealt with, by adopting some simple measures such as maintaining a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and regular exercise. On your day off, following are three techniques you could implement in order to de-stress and re-energize yourself.
Meditation is a simple yet very effective way to heal physical and mental stress. Meditation does not necessarily mean sitting in the corner of a room and uttering chants or performing rigorous breathing techniques. Meditation could also mean doing any repetitive action such as knitting, reading, painting, walking etc. that keeps your mind and attention focused, calm, and tranquil – eliminating any jumbled thoughts that might be causing stress. It will cleanse your mind and help you focus on the present moment in order to attain inner peace and calmness. Not necessarily on your day off, but even a few minutes of meditation a day can have tremendous effects on balancing your mind and body by reducing anxiety, depression, negativity, and increasing self-awareness, and overall well-being.
If you are looking for a more fun and pleasurable way to relax and de-stress, and if you don’t mind spending some money, the best option for you is to treat yourself to a day spa. Along with mental stress, we also undergo a lot of physical stress on a daily basis that can cause backaches, neck pain, headaches, acne, wrinkles, dark spots and much more. A day spa offers a range of services pertaining to health, beauty and personal care. Moreover, in a day spa you can indulge in an array of facilities like sauna, steam batch, Jacuzzi etc. The professionals at a day spa will analyze your requirements and offer you spa treatments like facials, body massage, foot massage, back massage, waxing, aromatherapy, manicures and pedicures – an incredible way to relax, detox and soothe your body.
An increasing number of people turn to yoga for stress relief and mental serenity. Known to history as one of the oldest forms of healing and development, stress relief via yoga involves a string of techniques such as controlled breathing, meditating in moving and stationary poses, and stretching, which relax and energize the body. Practicing yoga has numerous benefits such as sound sleep, reduced stress, weight loss, slow aging, spiritual wellbeing, and increased physical and mental strength.
These were just a few relaxation ideas to get you started, which will help you counter stress in the best possible way, apart from giving you a sense of well-being and establishing a perfect connection between your mind and body.
Jennifer White writes blogposts related to health. She advises pregnant women to have a pregnancy massage as it provides relaxation to the body and mind.