We all need a little help managing stress even without a global pandemic disrupting the world around us, but spas are experts at helping to alleviate stress and give us tools to help manage it at home as well. So we spoke to some of our favourite spas and got their top tips for stress management at home…
The body is designed to handle short bursts of stress, but long-term stress can be damaging and difficult to manage. Feelings of being ‘burnt-out’ and an inability to cope, especially amongst perfectionists, but looking after your diet can help to make a difference to stress management. Spas we spoke to, including Grayshott Spa in Surrey and Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Essex, gave a few key pointers when it comes to what we eat and drink:
Experts talk about the ‘gut-brain axis’. It is a direct communication between the liver, gut and how brain chemistry is managed via the vagus nerve. There are studies proving that our gut bacteria has a direct impact on anxiety levels and stress resilience. This communication only happens however, when we’re not in stress mode. So what can you do to help?
“It is believed that an astonishing 75% of the emotions we generate on a daily basis are affected by smell, and, because of this, it is believed we are 100 times more likely to remember something we smell over something we see, hear or touch.”– Cassandra Cavanah and Beth McGroarty, Global Wellness Summit
Aromatherapy can have a strong impact on the way you feel. In Japanese factories they have been known to spray citrus scents into the room because lemon is very stimulating and increases productivity. On the other hand, rosemary is good for the memory and peppermint is good for brainstorming.
Aromatherapy Associates’ Global Director of Education, Christina Salcedas is passionate about how essential oils can help impact our mood, and certain ones can help manage stress. For example:
Naturopath Sue Davis from Lifehouse Spa and Hotel takes the spa approach to energizing a situation, using colours and aromatherapy to boost the way you feel. Colour therapy, using chakra coloured bottles, works by choosing a colour to indicate what your mind and body need.
It’s very similar to aromatherapy that way, choosing an essential oil to boost your mind and body. For example, red shows a need for security and grounding, while purple is more spiritual and governs our clairvoyant insight and gut instinct.
“All colours have different meanings,” says Sue, so “if you want more energy you might wear red for the day, or green if you want to feel relaxed.”
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