Get Happier in a Weekend
Try these budget-friendly relaxation tips from Laura Hittleman, corporate director of beauty services at Canyon Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona.
- Go to your head. In addition to being a major tension reliever, a scalp massage can enhance hair health by improving circulation. Apply jojoba or another scalp oil to your fingers. Bend from the waist so more blood flows to your head. Touch the pads of your fingers to your temples and massage in a circular motion, gradually working your way over your scalp and down your neck.
- Try a yoga facial. A simple yoga move called the Lion Pose can help loosen the tight muscles that make you look so stressed. Sit on the floor with your legs folded beneath you and your palms on your thighs and fingers stretched apart. Take a deep breath and as you begin to exhale press your hands down onto your legs and lift your chest, neck, and head up to the sky. Stick out your tongue, move your eyes up and down, right and left, even roar like a lion if you like. Hold for up to 15 seconds; repeat three to five times.
- Take a breather. Controlled breathing is a stress-busting technique that's a staple at spas because it's so simple and effective. It slows your heart rate, lowers your blood pressure, and forces you to shift your mind away from your worries. The best part is that you can do it anywhere. Find five minutes in your day to sit in a quiet spot and breathe in and out slowly and deeply, pushing your stomach out as your chest fills. On the exhale picture the stress leaving your body. You'll be surprised by how calm you feel.
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