Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Soothe Away Stress Part 12

If you missed the other parts, check them out here

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

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.

Instead of reaching for the caffeine to get you going tomorrow morning, wake your body up from the outside in by invigorating your biggest organ—your skin. With hands in loose fists, lightly tap your entire body—your heart, chest, armpits, arms, belly, thighs, shins, calves, and back. Open your hands when working on the back of your neck, head, and face. The resulting warm flush will be a sweet reward.

When you need to deflate stress, treat yourself to a vacation that’s all in your head: Close your eyes and imagine a relaxing place, such as a beach, a mountain view, or a cozy room. Notice everything you can about your spot. What can you see and smell? The more vivid a picture you paint in your mind, the more your body will respond to the invitation to relax.