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There is no amount of hyperbole that is going to overestimate the global chaos that took place this last year, and while everyone’s lived experience has been unique, there is something that’s happening to more of us as time moves on.
And it has a name. Covid 19 Related Fatigue. If you’ve been feeling lethargic, exhausted or unable to complete thoughts or you’ve experienced anxiety or mental health issues that are outside of your normal coping sphere, then this may well be you, but never fear we’ve created a list of all the best reasons why you, not only want to take a breather from it all – but have to. It’s time to get your Zen back.
THE SCIENCE OF WELLNESS
It’s a strange curiosity of human beings that we always seem ready to shell out hundreds of dollars on all the things that are meant to make our lives easier – then become the distraction that keeps us away from the things that really would. We’ve all heard the term “wellness” and at times we seek out advice on natural ways to boost our wellbeing, but not many of us have made this pursuit a consistent part of our holistic healthcare regimens.
Well, if you needed some extra motivation to do just that, here it is. Mountains of research and data are now proving that taking control of our overall well being by utilizing methods like yoga and acupuncture are having dramatic effects on our health. So before you find reasons why you shouldn’t be exploring these avenues, consider this: 69% of global deaths are as a result of preventable illness. Did you need a permission card? You got it.
YOGA and Exercise
The word “Yoga” is often thought of as a singular type of practice, when in fact there are several different forms of yoga. So if you’re just starting and feeling a little self-conscious or you’re not sure that the downward dog is for you, have a look at some other yoga options that all create different results. Any exercise that is right for your situation is better than not moving at all. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, exercising can help you with improved sleep, increased interest in sex, better endurance, stress relief, improvement in mood, increased energy and stamina, reduced tiredness, weight reduction, and reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness.
Did you know that your gut is your body’s second brain and that ensuring a healthy system can dramatically improve your physical health (clearly) but also your mental health? Read more, here.
YES, TAKE A SPA DAY (AND TAKE YOUR HUSBAND/BOYFRIEND WITH YOU!!!)
Saunas protect against dementia: Studies from the University of Finland have shown that men who take regular saunas are 66% less likely to get dementia and will make you feel less guilty about going to the Spa yourself. You’re welcome.
A little essential oil helps your heart: A study from the European Center of Cardiologists found that exposure to essential oils could do more than just calm your mental state (a win on its own) if you’re given scents for no more than an hour, your heart will benefit.
Massage, facials and deep tissue treatments boost endorphins and detoxification: Ok, so we already knew this one, but it’s worth a second mention anyway and the feel-good effects of that endorphin rush are your body’s natural anti-depressant. Check out Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa and gentlemen, a Spa day before your wedding day could also lower the likelihood of a runaway bride situation.
There are so many more options available to you to take charge of your wellbeing so take the time, invest in yourself – it’s the only self you’re going to have.
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