Treat yourself: Take a walk or get in the tub

A photo by Nico Beard. any stress in your life? Yeah, who doesn’t! We all know emotions can affect us physically, and we have a hard time slowing down and taking time out for ourselves when we know we have a mile-long list of things to do waiting for us. But if we don’t deal with it, stress will eventually bubble over in one way or another. Let’s leave the bubbling to the champagne, shall we? Here are three ways I like to de-stress and keep myself in check.

  1. Take a walk. I know you’ve probably heard it before, and it sounds like the last thing you really have time for when you’ve got a ton of stuff to do, but it really does make a world of difference. Not only will you get out of your head when you get out of your house or office, but going for a walk, breathing in the fresh air and seeing that there is indeed a whole world out there will give you a fresh perspective. In fact, you may just find yourself wanting to stay out a little longer and walk a little farther.
  1. Get a massage or spa treatment. There is absolutely no way you’ll walk out of an hour-long facial or massage appointment still feeling stressed, it just isn’t possible. You may feel like you don’t want to spend the time or money on something “frivolous,” but when it comes down to it, it’s really a worthwhile investment in your health and well-being. Believe me, even if you go in feeling guilty about taking time out for yourself, you won’t be thinking about that when you leave.
  1. Take a lavender and Epsom salt bath for a relaxing at-home spa treatment. How often do we take baths as adults? I can’t honestly remember the last time I took a bath. And yet just the thought of a bath is relaxing, is it not? This is an easy (and cheap) way to relax. Mix one cup of Epsom salt, one cup of baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil in a glass jar. Add to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes—the baking soda and salts will detox and relax you while the lavender will get you ready for your pillow. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, relaxed and vowing to make baths a regular part of your routine.

Alanna York has owned Head Games Salon for Hair & Body, based in Portland, for 17 years. Her professional career began in the early 1990s when she discovered the passion and excitement that came from enhancing the natural beauty in all of her clients.

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