Did you write down your New Year’s resolutions? What is on top of your list? While I did write the entire list of resolutions, there is one thing that is most important for me this year – health and well being. I already pay attention to the food I eat and cook, make sure to spend enough time in the nature, and workout regularly (my pilates lessons 3-times a week are one of the achieved resolutions from 2013!), this year I want to focus on living a stress-free lifestyle.
In these fast-paced times it is very hard to avoid stress. And to so some point, I know that stress is necessary for life. We need it for creativity, learning, survival. Capella Ixtapa’s El Capricho Spa Director, Skarlette Castro, explains “stress only becomes harmful when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that our nervous system needs to remain in balance.”
“To many, relaxation means unwinding in front of the TV at the end of a busy day. While you do in fact get some rest, this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation system,” says Skarlette. And this can be done in several ways:
- Practice relaxation techniques as deep breathing or meditation.
- Attend Yoga or Tai Chi classes.
- Take daily walks with your dog.
- Enjoy a relaxing evening reading books from your favorite authors.
- Schedule regular relax and recharge time for yourself at a spa. Skarlette suggests “El Capricho’s Rain Drops Therapy, whose main focus is relieving your back pain and providing relaxation to your body and soul, with the use of essential oils and special massage techniques.”
Do let me know what are your New Year’s resolutions in the comments below. And I promise to keep you posted how I am doing by taking my regular relax and recharge time.