Stress is not only unpleasant, it’s also very unhealthy. Stress breaks down your immune system and can lead to depression, digestive problems, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, and memory and concentration impairment. On top of that stress can make your skin thinner and less capable of restoring itself. At Spa Sophia we therefore place a lot of emphasis on making our facials and waxes completely stress free, and we also offer a variety of healing and relaxing massages. To help you continue to feel stress free at home and at work, here are ten tips for de-stressing…
1. Put Things in Perspective
If there’s a specific thing that’s stressing you out, ask yourself: How important will this be a week from now? A month from now? Even a year from now? Think about it in the grand scheme of things.
2. Make Your Mornings Count
Mornings set the pace for the entire day, but too many people rush their mornings. Wake up even 10 small minutes earlier so you can get a little times for yourself, eat a healthy breakfast, and do some stretching exercises or meditation.
3. Take Sufficient Breaks
Always take breaks during work. You may feel like it will cost too much time, but not taking breaks decreases your productivity so you actually save time by taking breaks. Don’t take your breaks behind you computer though. Get away from work both mentally and physically.
Working out releases all kinds of stress relieving and happy making hormones, so break a sweat, even if it’s just during a small walk, or by taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
5. Make To-Do Lists
To do lists ensure you won’t forget anything and can make the daily or weekly tasks more overseeable and less daunting. Plus, it’s so satisfying to cross things off that list!
6. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. We need sleep to keep us sane, healthy and productive. Therefore make sure you get enough sleep, even if you feel like you don’t have the time for it.
7. Eat Well
The foods we tend to crave when we’re stressed usually only make stress worse, since they trigger the same bodily reactions. Stress makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up, and so do foods that have a high glycemic index, such as most candy and junk food. So snack on nuts, avocados, fish, fruits and dark chocolate instead!
Science has proven that even fake smiling will make you feel happier. Not to mention the benefits of laughter therapy. So put a smile on your face and not only look nicer, but also feel nicer!
9. Enjoy Some Nature
The great outdoors has been proven to have stress relieving effects, often because the lack of stimuli offers space for reflection. LA has so much great scenery to offer. Go enjoy a hike in the hills or a walk on the beach, and you’ll feel invigorated after!
People who do yoga and meditation will already know this, but just paying attention your breathing, and making sure your breaths are deep and steady can work miracles for your stress levels. It may sound easy, but see how quickly you forget. So let go, and breathe.
Need a little extra help relaxing? Book one of our healing massages online or call Spa Sophia at 310.564.6676 to set an appointment today.