As we head into the summer months, it’s prime time for a holiday. The point of taking a vacation is to relax and revitalize. Whether you stay at home or go somewhere to take in the sights or to visit friends or relatives, you should allow yourself enough time to catch your breath and take a real break from your day-to-day routines.
This issue features some hints for making the most from your vacation time. The additional articles were found online at www.massagetherapy.com, a site with lots of interesting information on health and massage.
Nothing beats a massage for getting your body and mind in a relaxed, healing state—really a mini-vacation anytime you want it. Countless studies verify that regular massage is one of the best things you can do to support good health.
If you do plan on traveling this summer, be sure to schedule a massage before and/or after your trip. The rigors of travel can take a toll on your body. A massage is a great way to make sure you’ll be in the best physical and mental shape possible for your vacation and for returning to work and your regular routines.
See you soon!
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Close to Home . . . A staycation is creative leisure By Nora Brunner
If you are resolving to take better care of yourself... but find the prospect of a full-blown vacation too expensive, consider taking the “bloom-where-you-are-planted” approach and stay home.
Traditionally, time off has meant time away, but economics and a new appreciation for simplicity are creating a trend in home-based vacations. This doesn’t mean moping around the house wishing you were in Paris, but instead making an intentional effort to rejuvenate yourself without spending a bundle to travel. Rule one, however, is no chores.
During your time off, it’s absolutely key to change your routine and, ideally, lose track of time the way you do on faraway trips.
Be deliberate about unplugging, experts advise. As much as possible, dispense with cell phones, e-mail, and pagers, and limit time-wasting television and online games. It’s OK to be cagey about how you share your plans in order to avoid unwanted intrusions. If you mention at work or to family and friends that you’re sticking close to home, set boundaries for calls and visits.
Find out about local attractions you haven’t taken advantage of, possibly splurging on a short stay at a nearby exclusive hotel. While this may sound expensive, you are already way ahead budget-wise by skipping the long-distance airfare and hotel. Less expensive options are trying out that Pilates class, visiting a ceramic-painting studio, hauling out board games and movies for family time, or getting outside with your camera. ... Some families camp out in the backyard or enjoy bicycle outings.
Get Up and Go Experts also recommend having someone clean your house before and after your staycation so you aren’t tempted to do it yourself. If you hate to cook or don’t want to be bothered, consider carryout or eating out, or have a few meals delivered by a gourmet meal service. If you love to cook and find it relaxing, this may be your opportunity to try out that new recipe, perhaps involving the whole family in preparing the special meal. Fresh flowers on the table and using good dishes might make the occasion more fun. Everyone who can help clean up should do so.
Choose plenty of activities and get out and do things. There are free and low-cost activities in your area and a little Internet research may turn up pleasant surprises. Many hotels and tourist businesses are offering discounts to make up for fewer out-of-town visitors.
While being intentional about planning your time, allow unstructured time for reading, daydreaming, and, in general, moving at a slower pace.
Staycations have their critics and some see them as no vacation at all. Like anything else, the effort and imagination you use to plan your fun is essential, whether your time is spent on Main Street or Hollywood Boulevard. While there may never be a substitute for broadening your horizons in other cultures or locations, with the right attitude, there’s no place like home.
Nora Brunner is public relations specialist for Associated Skin Care Professionals and editor of Skin Deep.
Tips to Enrich Your Life ... Easy Options to Enhance Well-Being By Jacqueline Sidman
• Take three deep breaths before you eat to increase your body’s supply of oxygen, relax, and help you digest your food. You’ll eat slower and give your body a chance to know it is full. This will benefit your waistline and your stress level.
• Cut back on coffee, tea, and cola drinks. The caffeine in these beverages makes you jittery and causes dehydration by taking more liquid from your system than they put in. Try herbal teas instead, and drink plenty of water to cleanse and hydrate your system.
Jacqueline Sidman, Ph.D., is a life coach and author of Instant Inner Peace.
Vacation is what you take when you can't take
what you've been taking any longer.
— The Lion
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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