Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sooth Away Stress Part 11

If you missed the other parts, check them out here

Here are four more tips from Good Housekeeping's Kate Hanley on how to reduce and soothe away your stress.

Although it gets a bad rap, sweating is a vital process — it flushes toxins, improves circulation, and is emotionally cathartic. This week, visit a steam room or sauna. Or, replicate the effects at home by sitting in a warm bath with a towel draped over your head, or by wrapping yourself in warmed towels and getting under the covers. If you’re pregnant or have high blood pressure or heart disease, check with your doctor first.

While a heart-pumping power walk can do wonders, this week your mission is to rediscover the lost art of the stroll. What can you smell when you slow down? A neighbor's barbecue? A flowering lilac bush? By giving yourself permission to walk slowly, you're inviting the overall pace of your life to decelerate so that you may savor moments—not race through them.

Treat yourself to this soothing yoga pose whenever you need to stop the world; you'll emerge soothed and rejuvenated. Sit on the floor with a firm pillow one foot behind you. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, letting your legs fall to either side. Lie back on the cushion. Place your hands on your belly and breathe here for as long as it feels good. Roll to your right side and gently come back up to sitting. You’ve just completed the goddess pose.

Every woman deserves a room of her own. This week, find a spot for your sanctuary and make it yours. If it’s the bathroom, put a plant on the tub. If it's a corner of your living room, place a candle and comfy pillow there. Or, choose your car and hang a wind chime from the mirror. Now you'll know that wherever you go, there's a spot where you can decompress and prepare to face the world again