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5 Ways To De-Stress For Less

5 Ways To De-Stress For Less

If there is one thing the holidays are good for, it’s to make you feel like you need a vacation. Since it’s unlikely you’re going to get a vacation any time soon, you are probably looking for ways to get rid of stress. Here are some tips for reducing your stress level at home and abroad for less money and less hassle, some of which I’ve shared before, and others are completely new and improved. I also hope you guys will chime in with your ideas for how you are able to control stress

  1. Get A Massage Done At A Place That Specializes In Massage. If you book a massage at a spa, you’re going to be paying a premium for the use of the amenities there. Sometimes, it can be worth the extra cost to take advantage of the jacuzzi, sauna, et cetera and a spa. But for a quick destressing massage, you might consider going to a smaller establishment that only does massages — you will pay much less for the same treatment in a slightly less chichi environment. (To clarify: I’m talking about reputable establishments that offer lower-cost massages by certified massage instructors, not the “massage parlors” that offer happy endings.) When you’re just trying to fix a few knots in your neck in between appointments, there’s no need to pay a 50% premium for more Enya music.
  2. When You DO Get A Spa Massage, Choose A Shorter Length. If you’ve got enough time to really take advantage of the spa amenities and have decided to go the spa route for your massage, consider going for a shorter-length version of the massage. Unless you’ve got some kind of injury that needs special attention, you’re probably just going to fall asleep on the table with a 60 minute massage. Go for the 45-minute or 30-minute option and use the extra time in the jacuzzi.
  3. Use At-Home Remedies For Puffy Eyes. Are you tired? Do you have puffy eyes? Don’t waste money on spa solutions or expensive department store creams to solve this problem: the best solutions for puffy eyes from lack of sleep can be found at home for little to no money. Put some spoons in the refrigerator (or, if you really need help, the freezer), and use them on your eyes in the morning to reduce swelling. And for extreme cases of sleep-deprivation, you can remove the bags under your eyes by dabbing a bit of Preparation H (the cream version, not the petroleum version) under your eyes — it will reduce the swelling. No, I’m not kidding, and yes, I do it myself, all the time. That’s right: I put butt cream on my face. Get over it.
  4. Aromatherapy At Home. I’ve mentioned before that you can make the same eucalyptus-oil-scented towels that you find at spas at home fairly easily. just get a few washcloths, wet them, and put a couple drops of eucalyptus oil on them. Roll them up, wrap them in saran wrap, or throw them in a ziplock, and put them in your refrigerator for later. You can experiment with using different essential oils for different purposes.
  5. Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. I know you don’t want to hear it, but exercise is the most effective form of stress relief on the market, and it’s relatively free. Unfortunately, there is no easy way of deploying this method of stress relief: you just have to do it. So do it. Now.

One Comment

  1. Nov 23, 2009

    Really? That Preparation H thing works? I've read that but I've never tried it.

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