“Don’t let stress control your life.” That’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Research shows that money is the most common stressor, with work and the economy a close second and third. No matter how hard we try, it seems that something crops up to test us. It’s up to us to decide how to beat stress and boost happiness.
Stress and Your Health
Stress is the body’s reaction to change that requires a response or adjustment, whether it’s mental, physical or emotional. It’s part of life and the human body is equipped to react to it. Stress becomes problematic when a person faces continuous challenges without reprieve. Continued distress can lead to an upset stomach, headaches, chest pain, insomnia and elevated blood pressure.
Stress may lead to the abuse of drugs, tobacco and alcohol in an effort to mask or alleviate the symptoms. Unfortunately, instead of returning the body to a more relaxed state, these substances can only cause more problems.
Beating Stress – A Holistic Approach
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Getting a massage can reduce your cortisol (stress hormone) levels by almost 1/3. In addition, it can also increase serotonin and dopamine (feel-good hormones) by around the same amount.
There are different types of massage for specific functions, including these:
- Swedish massage – Gentle, kneading motions serve to relax and energize you.
- Deep massage – More forceful strokes are used to target layers of connective tissue and muscle. This is commonly used to help with muscle scar tissue from injuries.
- Sports massage – Another form of deep tissue massage geared towards people involved in sporting activities for minor treatment and prevention of injuries.
- Trigger point massage – For athletes with tight muscle fibres. Trigger point massage looses knots and other conditions after overuse or injury.
A 5-star resort, the Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa offers luxurious accommodation in addition to their wide range of spa options. Imagine picturesque views of Cable Beach from your private balcony. Feeling relaxed already? Well there’s more…
The Kimberley Sands has a selection of individual treatment rooms, Vichy shower, Li’Tya Day Spa Dreaming products, sauna, juice bar and hair salon. And you absolutely must sample the fares from their fine dining restaurant, whose menu was designed by Melbourne chef Greg Malouf. With fresh produced picked straight from the resort’s private garden, you’ll enjoy top quality ingredients from a sustainable source.
It’s the perfect combination of spectacular surrounds, relaxing therapies and wholesome food to nurture and replenish those energy stores.
Meditating for a few minutes each day can work wonders, but mindful meditation can reduce stress levels by as much as 40%. This means truly immersing yourself and getting in touch with your inner energy. Harnessing that energy and finding peace within yourself are just some of the objectives of meditation, and there are specific retreats that offer you the seclusion and solitude to achieve that state.
The Prema Shanti Yoga & Meditation Retreat offers both luxury and unspoilt wilderness. Eco-friendly accommodation in the middle of the rainforest anyone? Guests can enjoy meditation practice and yoga sessions, along with spa and massage treatments.
The retreat is just minutes away from a freshwater swimming lagoon or short drive to Thornton Beach. A continental breakfast awaits guests each morning, and healthy dishes are also offered for lunch and dinner in the communal dining room.
For those who wish to truly connect with the mind and bring it back to… you.
3. Get moving
Exercise stimulates the production of irisin. It’s a hormone released after moderate aerobic activity that helps improve cognition, slow ageing and maintain a healthy body weight. Exercise is also linked to endorphins, which are chemicals that pass messages between the neurons. They have different functions, one of which is to make us feel good. When the body is subjected to stimuli such as pain, food or sex, the hypothalamus requests for a release of endorphins, and the cells in the body respond.
Studies show that light-to-moderate aerobic or cardiovascular exercise fail to trigger the production of endorphins. Instead, incorporate heavy training or other anaerobic exercise in your routine to give your happy hormones a boost.
The Qualia Resort Hamilton Island is a combination of rest and relaxation, and some fun activities as well. Located in the heart of Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands, the resort is among the country’s top spa destinations for both local and international visitors.
Choose from their indigenous therapies and massages, or opt for a personal training session to get those endorphins flowing.
Need to realign the mind, body and soul? Contact us to organise the perfect stress-busting holiday for you [email protected]