Finding Pleasure

When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good. Doing things you enjoy is a natural way to fight off stress.

You don’t have to do a lot to find pleasure. Even if you’re ill or down, you can find pleasure in simple things such as going for a drive, chatting with a friend or reading a good book.

Try to do at least one thing every day that you enjoy, even if you only do it for 15 minutes.

  • Start an art project (oil paint, sketch, create a scrap book or finger paint with grandchildren).
  • Take up a hobby, new or old.
  • Read a favorite book, short story, magazine or newspaper.
  • Have coffee or a meal with friends.
  • Play golf, tennis, ping-pong or bowl.
  • Sew, knit or crochet.
  • Listen to music during or after you practice relaxation.
  • Take a nature walk — listen to the birds, identify trees and flowers.
  • Make a list of everything you still want to do in life.
  • Watch an old movie on TV or rent a video.
  • Take a class at your local college.
  • Play cards or board games with family and friends.

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It’s That Time of Day!

Have you taken the time out of your day to simply relax? Even if that time is only 10 minutes, there should be no excuses to missing a much needed “time out”.  Find a quiet place with minimal lighting.  Either lie on your back or sit up straight with your legs crossed.  Take deep breaths and clear your mind of all the stresses of your day.  Some prefer listening to soft music while others simply enjoy the silence.  No matter where and how you decide to take your relaxation break, make sure you are getting that “time out” in every day!

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Find Your Spa

It is important for all of us to take time out of our day to relax our minds and bodies.  If you are looking to take the extra splurge into indulgence try pampering yourself with a massage.  The benefits of massage therapy are exactly what our bodies need to rejuvenate for the labor we put them through.  Massage therapy can alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.  It is also able to enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow.  Massage therapy can increase joint flexibility, stretch tight/weak muscles, reduce muscle spasms/cramps as well as relax and soften injured, tired, and over-used muscles.  The benefits of massage therapy are countless! For an easy way to find a local spa center near you, check out the SpaFinder website.  SpaFinder is a convenient way to locate every salon in your area with a click of your mouse. Check out www.SpaFinder.com to get started on your next massage therapy session because you deserve a time for relaxation!