Be grateful, be healthy

48231542_SWhen you think of a healthy lifestyle, things like eating right, exercising daily and getting enough sleep probably come to mind. And they should. All of these are essential components of a healthy lifestyle. But one other component should really be at the top of the list: being grateful.

Really.

Did you know that research over the past several years has shown that an attitude of gratitude is good for you? Being grateful has numerous benefits. These include reducing stress, building self esteem and improving overall well-being. Dan Buettner, a best-selling author and explorer who studies longevity, asserts, ”Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.”

As we enter the holiday season, it is the perfect time to consider, first, what we have to be thankful for and, second, ways to express that gratitude. Being grateful isn’t always easy. Everyone goes through hard times at some point in life, and during those times, it may take some effort to shift your focus away from those struggles. It is a choice, and you have to be willing to exert the effort to find the good.

While you can’t instantly change your circumstances, you can change your attitude. Start your day by thinking of at least one thing to be thankful for. Say thank you to the people in your life. Find some quiet time to meditate, relax and focus your mind on something positive.

It’s a necessity

41210524 - business organization people working togetherness meeting conceptsSometimes, a little pampering for yourself is not a luxury; it is a necessity. We live in a stressful world. And while general levels of stress have declined over the past few years, most people deal with some amount stress in their daily lives. According to the American Psychological Association’s most recent Stress in America report, “Money and work remain the top two sources of very/somewhat significant stress, but this year, for the first time, family responsibilities emerged as the third most common stressor (54 percent).”

That stress can have significant impacts on both mental and physical health. So why would you not take some time to relieve your stress and revive your body?

Massage benefits to relieve stress: When you are stressed, your muscles tend to tense up. Helping to loosen these tight muscles is only one way that massage can help relieve stress. The relaxing atmosphere in which a massage is administered is restful in itself, allowing you to relax both your mind and your body.

Facial benefits to relieve stress: Not only is a facial relaxing, but it also will help ease the signs of stress from your skin. Did you know that stress can have a visible impact on your skin? Besides deepening those worry lines that tend to appear, stress can cause your skin to break out and even produce more oil. Stress can aggravate existing skin conditions and can even cause you to break out in hives or rashes.

Mani/pedi to relieve stress? Absolutely. Since work is one of the top two stressors, it is also where you need to feel sure of yourself. For example, if you have a big presentation coming up, you need to feel confident – and it is important for your coworkers to see you as confident. Even if you are nervous, a poised, assured demeanor will actually help you feel more confident. So pay attention to your appearance and dress for success. Your nails are only one small detail, but they are important. Will you be gesturing with your hands as you make that presentation? Will you be shaking hands with other people in the meeting? With a professional manicure and pedicure, you know that you will be putting your best foot – and hand – forward. One less thing to stress about.

We can’t wait to help you pamper yourself. Really, it is a necessity. You should take positive steps to relieve some of the stress that is part of your life.