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How to spoil yourself between trips

 

 

spoil yourself with some yogaPhoto by Carl Barcelo on Unsplash

Raise your hand if you’ve felt colossal stress this past year. What if we remedy it? We propose you a few ways to spoil yourself between trips without asking you to visit a therapeutic island. The goal is to recharge your internal batteries.

Our battery indicator has remained in a worrying red color for a few months now. We have lost or gained too much weight. We have become irritable. It’s become harder to fall asleep but that’s enough!

We need to recover energy, so our next tips will help you find ways to regain pleasure and health with priority to feel good before your next trip.

  1. Spend time in a much more than a hotel

Hydrotherapy equipment, a physiotherapist two hundred meters from the room, yoga sessions at sunset, breakfasts with fresh fruit and happy chicken eggs, the sound of birds flying over a fig tree when waking up, a treadmill with an antigravity air chamber for get rid of the weight of our joints are some of the amenities offered at these hotels even in some cities.

Think about the services and amenities that best match your plan to rest and choose an accommodation that suits your needs such as hotels, apartments, rural houses and historic buildings. The tricky thing is having to choose just one.

  1. Vitamin D and lots of sunlight

It is activated when the skin comes into contact with ultraviolet rays and is a great ally of our immune system. A minimum of fifteen minutes a day of sunlight is recommended. It is the dose that the cells of our body need to perform their functions, including lymphocytes, the army that is responsible for protecting our body from possible infections.

Like everything, success lies in balance so remember to apply sunscreen fifteen minutes before lying in the sun, to enjoy that delicious and beneficial tickle all over your body.

  1. Anti-stress treatments

Travelers have been choosing destinations for three centuries to restore their mental and physical health. To give yourself a truce. To take care of yourself and practice responsible hedonism. In order to achieve this between trips and truly spoil yourself what a lot of people do is seek the professional services of beauty salons such as MV Beauty Art where you can truly treat yourself, your skin and your well-being.

  1. Relaxation

Drive without traffic jams, escape from the screaming and find delicious spaces where there are no crowds or queues. Terraces at the foot of the sea where we can drink a beer and take a bath are part of the dreamy relaxation. Strolling around. Silence the clock. Boycott the tyranny of the smartphone. Here you command.

  1. Thalassotherapy, aloe vera, sports

Many companies choose as a destination a place where to organize an anti-stress cure for their employees. There are many evils derived from the current rhythm of life and a place by the sea acts as a medium to recovering. Here are some plans to relax near the sea:

– Float in the sea, rub your feet against the sand, let yourself be enveloped by the iodized breeze.
– Try a moisturizer made from aloe vera.
– Taste the restaurants that practice gastronomy based on local, fresh, seasonal products.
– Rediscover the sounds of nature. Goodbye, city noises. Hello, seagulls, waves, fruit trees swaying in the wind.
– Make a hydrothermal circuit.
– Walk leisurely along a path.
– Discovering that sport clears the mind and releases tension.
– Find yourself again. Listen to yourself.

Making Sure You Relax As A Parent

Parenting is hard, and that’s something that nobody is willing to deny. Looking after your children every day can feel like a huge task, even though you love them more than anything in the world. You might think that stress is just part of the job description that comes with being a parent, and to an extent, you’re right, but that doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. In this article, we’re going to be looking at some of the ways that you can relax to benefit your health when you have kids. Keep reading down below if you want to find out more.

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Ask Someone To Look After The Kids 

The first thing that we are going to suggest to give yourself some time to relax is to ask someone to look after the kids. Not everyone likes leaving their kids, but whether this is for a couple of hours or a day or two, you need to be able to trust the person you’re asking. Whether you choose a friend or family member, make sure that they can have them for at least a few hours to give yourself time to unwind. It’s a difficult job, and you need time to yourself, which you likely aren’t going to get if you’ve got your kids running around all day. 

You can use this time to do some of the things that you like but can’t do because the kids are around, or you can simply use it to sleep. It’s up to you, whatever you think is going to be most helpful when it comes to your stress levels. A lot of elevated stress comes from lack of sleep, so if you aren’t getting enough rest, you need to take advantage of the situation.

Get Some Help..

The next thing that we are going to suggest is that you get some help. It’s not always easy to relax and let go of the stress, especially as there is always going to be something new to stress about. One of the things that you can do is try cbg oil as it has been known to have calming effects on people. If you’re coming to a point where you think you’re going to break soon if something doesn’t give, then there is no harm in trying this out and seeing if it can help you. Of course, this isn’t for everyone, and if you are having major problems, then you can go and see your doctor as they might have something that you can try as well.

Do An Activity You Love

Finally, one of the best ways to relax is to do something you love. How long has it been since you have been able to sit through an entire movie that wasn’t chosen by your child? Or, how long has it been since you’ve been able to sit down and read a book? These simple activities might not seem like much to everyone else, but when you’re a parent having the time to do this is a dream come true. 

It can be simple like this, or if someone else has the kids, you can do something else that you enjoy. Go out for a run, or go out and meet your friends for a night out. There are so many options, and it doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you relax.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see how you can relax as a parent.

Go Green with PG Tips

I don’t know about you, but I love a nice cup of tea, and I’m a big fan of different types of tea too, so when PG Tips asked me to write about their new Green Tea and the enormous monkey floating on the Thames to promote it, I thought “hey, why not?”. They’ve conducted a survey which has shown some surprising results about stress and relaxation, which you can read about after this video:

The survey was conducted with over 2000 people and 7 in ten of them described feeling stressed and overworked, with a distinct lack of ‘me time’ in their day to day life. Although I’m not out there in the workplace, this is something I can really identify with; even during ‘downtime’, there’s usually a kid attached to me or the feeling that I should be doing something more productive than just sitting down and it can leave you feeling pretty frazzled.

Having said that, we’re luckier than some given the fact that we’re surrounded by green space where we are, as the report shows that this can be massively beneficial:

Highlighted among the untapped properties of the colour green are the benefits of proximity to open spaces; numerous studies have reported the impact of so-called ‘eco-therapy’, with numerous studies reporting improved feelings of positivity and wellbeing as a result of spending time outdoors.

But the green paper report reveals it isn’t only the ‘green outdoors’ that has this affect; our primal association with the colour extends to many forms, with workplaces citing improved productivity among workers when the walls are painted green. In fact, even consuming ‘green’ food and drink – from leafy vegetables to green tea – has also been shown to produce feelings of energy and invigoration simply by association.

This fresh perspective on the ‘power of green’ could hold the key to maximizing our ‘me-time’ to boost feelings of positivity and reinvigoration; further insights reveal that even when people do manage a five minute break at work, it’s rarely beneficial – just one in five said they feel refreshed after stopping.

I completely agree with these findings, as I know how much I love the feeling of getting out into the open. Walking the dog in the massive open fields behind our house often gives me the feeling that I can breathe again after a long, stressful day – now I’m thinking that maybe I should be taking my travel mug full of PG Tips Green Tea to really maximise the effect!

What do you think? Does being in the outdoors help you to unwind? Are you a fan of a nice, warm cuppa to aid your relaxation? Leave me a comment below.

How Five Kinds of Massage Chairs Can Help a Mum Stay Healthy

There are days for any mum when you feel what you really need is several hours in a spa and an expert massage. Unless you’re a film star, it’s probably just a dream to have that on tap, but you could partly enjoy it with a massage chair.

Massage Chairs

Massage chairs have been around for some time, and earlier models had drawbacks, but the technology has vastly improved over the past decade or so. They’re popular all over the world — the BBC highlights how big they are in Singapore and other parts of Asia.

Like hands-on massage, a good massage chair can offer an impressive range of health benefits, from stress reduction to quicker healing from pulled muscles. As the Telegraph reported, they were incorporated into Britain’s first supermarket for the elderly.

It’s important to find not only a quality massage chair, but the right kind for your needs. If you’re unsure, back2.co.uk are a massage chair supplier with a range of chairs to choose from.

Five Kinds of Massage Chair

Back2 offers a number of brands and types of massage chair. These include:

  • The Alpha Techo AT-90 is a basic, affordable massage chair offering a range of effective settings. It’s perfect if what you mainly want is to relax and de-stress, although it offers more advanced benefits. All the family can enjoy a massage from this chair.
  • The Inada FED-500, on the other hand, offers a high-end, comprehensive range of massage features and techniques, including shiatsu and rhythmic acupressure, either pre-programmed or customised.
  • The Human Touch ThermoStretch™ HT-275 combines heat and stretching techniques to offer a head-to-toe massage that can relieve stress, back pain and sore muscles.
  • The BackSaver Zero Gravity Massage Chair incorporates zero-gravity technology which was developed by NASA for their astronauts. The chair can benefit your sleep pattern, spinal health and blood pressure, among other things.
  • The Panasonic EP-MA59 Reclining Massage Chair represents a new generation of chairs, combining relaxation and ergonomic functions with a comprehensive suite of massage techniques, using automatic or voice guide systems. And, like all these chairs, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture that will look great in your home.

Prices range, reflecting the sophistication levels, but a basic massage chair should be within anyone’s reach. More advanced models represent a major investment, but as Janine Huldie points out, “Anyone who’s suffered from debilitating back pain will know that technology allowing you to lead a reasonably normal life is valuable beyond price.”

You and the whole family get to enjoy better health and feel more relaxed and invigorated as you face the stresses of life.

Sit Down, Love. Have a Cup of Tea…

I’m a live and let live kind of person, you know? I don’t hate anyone because of what they are or what they do, if it’s legal/consensual/doesn’t hurt anybody else. But there have been a string of articles in the papers recently which are seriously making me resent the women they’re written about. Meet Crystal Green and Lea-Ann Ellison:

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Crystal is a martial arts champion who has continued her training right the way through her pregnancy and Lea-Ann has stirred up a whole shit-storm of controversy after posting pictures of herself doing weight-lifting whilst heavily up the duff.

Now, I’m from the Charlotte York school of pregnancy – her doctor tells her that running is fine for her to do because it’s something that she’s always done, so I’m sure that both of these women are fine to continue the levels of activity that they were doing before they fell pregnant (although, the weight-lifting one scares me a bit, I’m sure you’re supposed to be careful lifting heavy things whilst pregnant…?). But, as the title of this post suggests, I do feel like taking both of them to one side and saying “Come on, pet, why don’t you sit in a comfy chair and watch some telly?”.

Having a healthy pregnancy is vital and while part of me admires these women for their get-up-and-go during their gestation, I also can’t help but feel that they should be taking it easy, even if it’s just a little bit. I’m sure they’d look at my sedentary ass and hyperventilate at the thought of sitting on their butts for 9 months, but surely there’s some sort of middle ground.

There’s no way I could do either kick-boxing or weight lifting at the moment. Do you know why?

BECAUSE I’D WEE MYSELF.

That’s right, people. The combination of having had one c-section and being pregnant again means that the only safe place for me to sneeze or blow my nose at the moment is sitting on the loo, for fear of letting an involuntary stream of urine escape when my stomach muscles are engaged in such a way, so squatting down and attempting to heft a barbell around would undoubtedly end in some sort of dirty protest from my pelvic floor.

And, aside from the wee, do you know what happens when I so much as dare to separate my knees at the moment? A loud *CRACK* emanates from my pubic bone and I tend to spend a minute, holding the front of my fanny, trying to recover from the pain.

It’s not so much that I think these women are making me look bad, it’s more of a culmination of the “womens sanitary product advert effect” (catchy name, huh?). Anyone aware of TV in the 80’s and 90’s will know that women were besieged by images of other women, who through the use of subtext and blue water in a test-tube were hinted at being on the blob, yet they rollerskated with herds of Dalmatians, went running, partook of a spot of yachting and engaged in a whole load of other activities to demonstrate how UN-BOTHERED they were by their periods.

Which is great. If that’s what you want to do, then go for it. However, most women I know choose to wear jogging bottoms with a hot-water bottle in the waistband, eat chocolate and carb-based snacks and watch shit TV. WHICH IS ALSO FINE.

All I’m saying is, whilst being active is great, pregnancy is also a time to be gentle with yourself, be happy with the changes in your body and, if the mood takes you, have naps in the afternoon. Women are awesome and we can do awesome things, but sometimes, admitting that you need a rest is just as awesome as swinging a kettle-bell around. Don’t let the standards of others make you feel bad about your own choices.

There endeth the sermon…but mostly because it’s nap time.