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Stress Free

plant_growing_through_concreteStress is a healthy and normal part of daily life. The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as the brain’s response to a challenge, and in moderate amounts, stress keeps one alert to danger and motivated to achieve. Stress in larger doses however, is dangerous to health and mental well-being; many people experience physical aches, insomnia, and negative emotional side effects from stress. Although we cannot always avoid stressors, managing stress and our reaction to it can keep us healthy and positive.

Staying Active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and maintain health. Physical activity improves mood, promotes healthy habits, and can even help you sleep better. Exercising outside is an especially good stress reliever; research shows that viewing nature—even something as simple as a potted plant, helps alleviate tension.

Sleep: Most adults need between seven and nine hours of rest each night to function at an optimal level. Good sleep makes you more mentally alert and better able to deal with the day’s challenges. Sleep however is often the first thing to suffer when someone is under stress. Make sleep a priority; avoid staring at computer, television, or cell phone screens before bed, and create a relaxing bedtime routine to prepare yourself to rest.

Perspective: Studies shows that taking time to appreciate what you already have is a good way to stay positive. Focusing on what is going well in your life and noting all the good things that happen each day—no matter how mundane, helps to relieve tension. Getting perspective on a situation by talking with a trusted friend or family member can also reduce worry over a stressful situation and provide emotional support when stress gets overwhelming.

Relax and take a break from your stressful schedule at a spa, salon, or hotel in your area. Search Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses, to find anything from spas and restaurants, to auto repair shops and landscapers. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and choose your location. Use the search box to find local businesses, or, choose a search term from the popular categories list at the bottom of the main page. A list of businesses matching your search term will appear on the results page; each listing will include the phone number and address of the business.

 

Take a Vacation

-_12_-_ITALY_-_holiday_vacation_Salento_(_south_Apulia_)_6_sunset_at_seaIt’s time to take a vacation. On average, Americans receive between 12 to 14 days of paid vacation each year, a record low compared to other economically-developed countries. In addition, the Families and Works Institute found that most Americans do not even take their entire vacation time, resulting in a total of 429 million unused vacation days amongst American workers. Americans are zealously dedicated to their work and usually think of time off as a luxury instead of a necessity; but taking an extended break from work has significant mental, emotional, and physical health benefits.

Physical Health: Research has found that the mental break provided by a vacation is an important part of staying physically healthy. Rest and relaxation allows you to de-stress, which strengthens the immune system. Vacationing is also correlated with heart health; women and men who skipped vacations were more likely to experience a heart attack or develop heart disease. Enjoying leisure time is also linked with lower blood pressure levels.

Mental and Emotional Health: Individuals experience a myriad of mental and emotional benefits from a vacation. Taking a break allows you to de-stress, and while most people experience some level of stress in their daily lives, allowing it to build up can take a significant toll on your emotional and physical well-being, leaving you more vulnerable to sickness, depression, and burn out (exhaustion caused by prolonged stress). Time away from your daily responsibilities, gives you a new perspective on your situation and can leave you feeling more positive and excited about life. Vacation is even good for your career; people who took breaks from work are more productive, creative, and focused.

Visit the Real Local Pages (RLP) website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, to find hotels and resorts for your next vacation. Real Local Pages is an online directory of businesses and services throughout the United States. Choose your location, then search for businesses by entering key words like “hotel” into the search box on the main page. Users can also search the RLP website by choosing from the popular categories list on the home page. Each business listing on the results page will show the address and phone number of the location. RLP is useful for finding a variety of businesses, from resorts to electricians.

Taking the Waters

best-spa-packagegsFor relaxation and rejuvenation, there’s no better place to visit than a spa. In Europe, spas are known as “thermal waters,” and in fact, the modern spa centers around the use of water. People have used forms of hydrotherapy since ancient times to promote health. The ancient Greeks built baths around naturally-occurring hot springs and believed that bathing in thermal waters would cure diseases. In ancient Rome, aqueducts facilitated the building of elaborate public bath houses, and baths became a place for pleasure and relaxation, much like spas are today.

After the Roman Empire, hydrotherapy and bathing in general suffered a decline. Europeans in the Middle Ages believed that bathing washed off the body’s protective oils; merely washing the face and neck was considered sufficient for cleanliness. Doctors in the 15th century however rediscovered the benefits of hydrotherapy and prescribed bath treatments and drinking cures for sick patients. “Taking the waters” spread throughout Europe and America, and by the 1800s, spa resorts with hotels and entertainment became popular with the upper classes. These spas offered a variety of bizarre treatments such as drinking sulfur water, hot mud baths, and vapor baths in sulfurous pools.

Modern spas focus on relaxation and beautification, incorporating practices from all over the world such as acupuncture, Thai massages, and European facials. Find spas in your area by searching Real Local Pages (RLP). Real Local Pages is an online business directory containing listings for thousands of businesses across the United States, and searching RLP is easy and convenient. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com and enter keywords such as “spa” or “massage” into the search box. You can also search by choosing from the popular categories list. Results will show businesses offering spa treatments in your area. Each listing displays an address and phone number to help you easily locate the business. RLP can be used to find a wide range of businesses and services; from spas and hotels, to electricians and roofers.