Why it is important to have me time
Taking the time for relaxation has massive health benefits. Long term, stress can cause chronic depression; suppression of the immune system; inhibition of digestion, reproduction and growth of tissue repair; irritability and fatigue; you could become prone to high blood pressure, ulcers, asthma, eczema; and pigmentation & excessive hair growth. Some people find their stress manifests as tension in muscles or with acne. You may not always be able to avoid stress, but you can learn how to manage it, so it doesn’t manage you.
How to read the signs
Carry out this mini-stress test to determine your stress levels
Give your answers these scores as follows:
1= Never 2 + sometimes 3= frequently 4 = always
- Do you try to do as much as possible in the least amount of time?
- Do you become impatient with delays or interruptions?
- Do you spread yourself too thinly in terms of your life?
- Do you frequently get irritable or angry?
- Do you have little time for hobbies or time by yourself?
- Do you have a tendency to talk quickly or hasten conversations?
- Do you have a lot of deadlines in your work?
- Do your friends or relatives consider you driven?
- Do you have a tendency to get involved in multiple projects?
- Do you take on too many responsibilities?
- Are you likely to ask for help with a problem?
TOTAL SCORE: —–
10-20 Chances are you are non-productive or your life lacks stimulation
21-30 This score designates a good balance in your ability to handle and control stress
31-40 Your stress levels are bordering on being excessively high
41+ You may be a candidate for heart disease
Saintly solutions – your guide to relaxation
Avoid unnecessary stress burdens and using vices such as cigarettes, caffeine and alcohol to cope with them.
Make time for exercise – it’s a very important tool in the fight against stress, as it de-tenses the body and refreshes the mind.
Set aside some “me-time” – friends and family can cope without you for the odd hour here and there. Close the door, draw the curtains and chill!
Visualisation and mediation relaxation techniques can be useful for relaxing the body by focusing the mind for a period of time. Grab a book on the subject or take a class.
The power of touch – book yourself in for a stress therapy treatment, such as a back massage or Indian head massage.
Time of Life Recommends…
For body and mind: Dermalogica Stress Relief Oil
A deluxe and versatile oil, which blends aromatherapeutic lavender, sandalwood and orange. Patchouli and Clary Sage soften, while Tea Tree, Lemon and Ylang-Ylang induce relaxation.
Use Stress Relief Oil to help muscles unwind and reduce stress. Natural scents lift the senses. It is ideal for massage or bath therapy, and can be used on body and scalp. It will leave skin velvety-soft and smooth.
Mix in with Dermalogica Ultrarich Body Cream or Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream for an instant lift. To create a spa experience at home, add 5 pumps to running water for a delectable bath experience.
For bath time: Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Salts
Nutrient-rich dead sea salts and kelp extracts help to achieve smooth and polished skin. Slough away rough skin as the aromas of coriander, cinnamon and ginger tantalise the senses. Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage oil also lift the mood.
Exfoliating enzymes dissolve skin debris, helping to restore your natural glow. Can be used as either a body scrub or added to a bath for a satisfyingly relaxing soak.
To soak, add 1 scoop of Hydro-Active Mineral Salts to your bath water.
An excellent body treatment when combined with Stress Relief Treatment Oil. Put small amount of salts into your palm and mix into a paste with 2 pumps of oil. Exfoliate the body gently, concentrating on hard skin areas such as elbows, heels and knees.
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