Posts Tagged ‘Relax’

12 days of sporty gifts — Day 7 — Mass(ahhh)age

December 19, 2010

Swedish, Thai, aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue, Shiatsu and sport…the choices abound and there’s no doubt a massage makes a great holiday gift.

Massages are one of those things we always say we’re going to buy for ourselves and never do.  We put it off and put it off until we’re a giant ball of stressed nerves and tensed muscles.  This is even more true for people who put themselves through daily punishing workouts and/or work in stressful conditions.  In essence, the gift of recovery is perfect for athletes and non-athletes alike.

Sure, you could research which massage would be the best treatment for what ails the gift recipient, but let’s be honest, any massage is going to make those tired and overworked muscles feel better.  (Here’s a list of definitions, if you must know)And while you’re at it, why not schedule one for yourself for after the holidays?  You know you deserve it!

Especially since there are only 5 days left until Christmas!

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Monday Music Mayhem

July 19, 2010

We’re slowing down the playlist today.  It’s mostly because I’m sore from yesterday’s triathlon.  I pushed myself hard and boy am I feeling it.  So today, we’re I’m taking it easy and I’m giving you my list of favorite of cool down/relaxation songs.

Hey Soul Sister — Train

Bubbly — Colbie Caillat

She Will Be Loved — Maroon 5

Shattered — O.A.R.

Run — Snow Patrol

TGIF

June 11, 2010

It’s Friday.  Finally.  If you’ve had a rough week, take the time this weekend to relax.  Not sure you’ll be able to unwind? Here’s a few relaxation tips:

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards!

1) Take a deep breath.  Now let it out slowly.   Take another 2 or 3 or however many it takes for you to reach a relaxed state.  It’s a deceptively simple practice that really works wonders.

2) Unplug.  Head outside, but leave the phone, iPod and/or computer behind.  Just sit there and do nothing.  Let your mind wander.  Maybe even take a few deep breaths (I’m telling you, it works). 

3) Enjoy a hot bath or shower.  If you’re feeling really stressed (or indulgent), add an essential oil like lavender or peppermint to the water.  Peppermint oil, by the way, is really great at relieving tension headaches.

4) If you have to work this weekend and find yourself in a stressful situation, walk away, seriously.  Take a break by going on a short walk.  If that’s not an option, try doing switching tasks for a little while.  In other words, take a time out, just like you would in kindergarten.

However you spend the weekend, enjoy!  I’ll see  you back for the madness of a new week (and new music) on Monday.

Monday Music Mayhem

May 10, 2010

Mostly upbeat songs on this week’s list, but the last one is one of my favorites and is a great cool down/stretch song.  It always mellows me out.

Not Myself Tonight — Christina Aguilera

Gotta Get Through This — Daniel Bedingfield

Straight Up — Paula Abdul

Mercy — Duffy

Across the Universe — Rufus Wainwright

Stress, what stress?

March 17, 2010

Feeling stressed, but don’t have the time or money for a massage?  Just take a deep breath and relax.  Seriously.  According to a new study appearing in Depression and Anxiety (what a name, huh?)  massage is no more effective at reducing anxiety than deep breathing and soothing music.  Granted, the study only surveyed 68 people, but still, it’s worth taking under consideration.  Read more here.

Should I stay or should I go?

March 3, 2010

I love going on vacation.  Having all those months of planning come to fruition in one week of relaxed bliss is wonderful.  Heading back into work after a week in paradise, not so much.  But before I know it, I’m happy once again as I countdown the days to my next trip.  I often wonder if everyone go through this rollercoaster of vacation emotion?  And it turns out, they do.

A team of Dutch researchers set out to measure how happy vacations make us and you know what they found?…the biggest boost of happiness comes from planning the trip and the high lasts about 8 weeks!

You would think our good mood would continue after getting back home, but it doesn’t.  Apparently happiness levels for most people drop back to normal once the vacation is over.  Only those who reported being “very relaxed” while away were still happy back home, but the euphoria only lasted two weeks.  One reason cited for the mood swing is the stress of going back to work. (Um, hello?!)

But I’ve saved the best part for last.  Want to know how to remain happy through the year?  Researchers recommend taking small breaks throughout the year instead of blowing all your vacation time on one epic trip.  I can live with that, question is can I afford it?

SOURCE:  How Vacations Affect Your Happiness