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NOV



Leave Stress Behind

 

Engage All Your Senses and Leave Stress Behind. Many people exist in such a perpetual state of stress that activities generally considered stressful actually come as a welcome relief. When you’ve been hard at work all day or find yourself faced with a screaming carload of children, spending a little quiet time doing household chores or catching up on the bills – in silence – doesn’t sound too bad! Here are some ideas to relieve stress by engaging the senses.

 

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Taste:

There’s nothing like a soothing cup of tea or your favourite dessert to take some of the edge off a hectic, stressful day, particularly when combined with a little time to enjoy your own time, far away (as far as you can get) from the stress-inducers that seem to surround you.

 

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Touch:

When you’re overworked, overstressed or overwhelmed, find the time to escape and experience the power of touch. Schedule a massage or haircut or retreat into the soothing, stress-releasing luxury of a bubble bath and see how your attitude changes in a matter of moments.

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See:

The so-called “daily grind” is a major source of stress and it only gets worse when the work hours get long and the days get short. In fact, during the winter months, many people never see the light of day; arriving at work before sunrise and leaving after sunset. Take a midday walk and open your eyes to what the world has to offer. At night, turn off the glare and light a few calming candles instead.

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Smell:

Let your nose take you to a better place! Just try to stay stressed after smelling your favourite food wafting up at you from your plate. Don’t discount the power of a scented candle or essential oil to replace the unpleasantry of a dreary day.

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Hear:

When was the last time you truly appreciated the lyrics, melody and arrangement of a song? Music has an incredible ability to soothe the soul, but many of us don’t take the time to listen – we just use it as background noise while driving or exercising. Tune out the stress and tune into the relaxing power of music.