Time to Relax!

Try out some of these tips

Breathe Deeply – Inhale deeply through your nose. Pull the air all the way down, deep into the lungs. Hold the breath for a count of six. Exhale slowly through the mouth to the count of six. Do this for several minutes. Be careful not to hyperventilate. If dizzy or light-headedness occur, begin breathing naturally.

Express Feelings and Thoughts – Call a friend. Join a group. Join a community on the Internet. If you feel these avenues are not helping talk to your doctor, seek out a counselor. Use all resources after through work, church and community. If seeing a counselor is something you’re fearful of, consider getting a pet. Pets listen very well.

Make Time for Relaxation and Fun – Find an activity that makes you feel good. It may be dancing, listening to music, walking along the beach, prayer, hiking in the mountains, working in the garden, taking photographs, watching birds, going to the movies, golfing, swimming, visiting museums. Make a list of activities that give you joy. Break them down into time segments of 2-5 minutes, 5-20 minutes, 30 minutes to ½ day and ½ day or longer. List the activities that give you joy under these time segments. Do at least three of them everyday. Most people think they have to do big things, such as vacations of whole days away from work or home to relieve stress. Not so, small activities that give you joy are the best stress busters.

Exercise – Try something new, like swimming. Begin a walking program. Do some form of exercise that interests you. Make sure to consult your physician beforehand.

Laugh – Laughter is a great way to relieve stress. If you find something funny, have a good belly laugh. Watch funny movies. Read funny stories.

Learn Happy Talk – Humor your stress. Go to http://www.stressed.com for a class in happy talk.

Get Rid of Negative – Take a hard look at the circle or environment you’re standing in. People who are negative and prone to “moods” spread negativity to others. Learn to say no to negativity and remove yourself from it whenever possible.

Write – Write out your complaints or troubles. Writing is no substitute for professional help but it does allow you to vent your feelings and frustrations. By writing with pen in hand or at the keyboard, you may discover an insight or solution to whatever is frustrating or bothering you.

Get A Massage – Make an investment in yourself. Massage therapy can relax muscles, easy muscle spasm, increase blood flow to skin and muscles and relieve mental and emotional stress. A massage will be one of the best investments you’ve ever made.

Be Realistic in Expectations– Don’t expect everyone to be like you or behave to your code of “shoulds and oughts”. Don’t expect to be right all the time. Don’t expect harmony all the time. Real life has conflicts in it. Be willing to confront conflict, state your needs then work at coming to a mutual compromise.

Examine your expectations of yourself – When you can’t live up to them, they will cause stress, tension and pressure. Learn to say no when unrealistic demands are placed upon you. Communicate what you can do and what you can’t do clearly. Be honest with yourself on the expectations (goals) you place on yourself. Don’t let ego and social pressure force you into being/doing something your not.

Monitor Your Communication Skills – Aggressive and hostile communication with others antagonizes and alienates. Assertive training can help you learn to express your needs without offending others or feeling ignored.

You can only change yourself – Work to grasp the full meaning of this statement. Trying to change another person causes stress to both parties. It can ruin relationships, damage relationships and cause others to withdraw from you. If you make statements such as – if only he, if only she, if only they – then you need to look in the mirror and say, what can I change about myself to make the situation better.

Accept – If you can’t leave a situation that is causing you extreme stress then accept it as it is. Adjust your approach to it. Look for ways to see positive things. Do not dwell on the negative. Above all, if the situation is abusive, either physically or emotionally (this includes work situations also) seek professional help through counseling.

Source: essortment.com

Take Advantage of Miami Spa Month

Biltmore Spa
Offer: Precise grooming and detailing make your hands and feet look their most attractive. Following the exfoliation with a creamy mango scrub, an application of Mango Body Lotion replenishes the skin before the application of polish to finish. $80
Blackout/Limitations: None
Start Date:
Ongoing
End Date: No end date
Reservation Tel: (305) 913-3187
Package Code: 70-minute ManiPedi Promo


Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne
Offer: Target and treat tired areas with an array of rejuvenating selections. Pair any of the following services and receive preferred pricing of $100: 25-minute Neck & Shoulder Massage, 25-minute Shea Mango Body Scrub, 25-minute Foot Massage, 25-minute Refresher Facial, 25-minute Eye & Lip Treatment, Paraffin and Polish (Hands & Feet), 25-minute Therapeutic Bath.
Black Outs/Limitations: This offer is subject to availability.
Start Date: October 1, 2009
End Date: No end date
Reservation Tel: (305) 365-4157
Package Code: Spa Mini Retreat

Want to see what other great hotels are participating?- Click the link http://www.miamispamonth.com/offers.htm

Miami Spa Month will run from July 1 – August 31, 2010.
Click here for an updated list of participating spas.

Greater Miami and the Beaches is renowned for luxury spas that are ranked among the “Best Spas in America,” and are the favorites of spa connoisseurs throughout the world.

Celebrate with us during July and August as we feature the third annual Miami Spa Month where you can enjoy special treatments for $99 at Miami’s premier spas.

After a day of pampering, why not challenge yourself to a game of golf. Greater Miami has plenty to brag about when it comes to golf courses. We feature some of the most difficult courses in the world located in luxurious resorts, and some courses have been rated in the top 10 courses by Golfweek. Play Miami Golf — for more information on our spectacular golf courses click here.

For comprehensive information including attractions, events, clubs, accommodations and much more, visit the Greater Miami Convention & Bureau’s website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com.

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