Did you know that November and December are typically the most stressful months of the year? Many feel overwhelmed by the multiple holidays, the shopping, the spending, food preparation, travel, and the overall holiday planning that goes into making this season memorable for your loved ones. Women tend to experience this type of seasonal stress more than men do, and often neglect to schedule themselves the much-needed rest they need.
This season, there is an overall increase in stress due to the upcoming presidential election. According to a recent Time magazine article, presidential elections are a major drain on our emotions, and for those who are actively and socially engaged in the election, there is a marked increase in fatigue, anxiety, and depression. In fact, the average voter’s stress levels will likely peak over the next few weeks.
If you are feeling the stress of the season, the election, or both, you should consider taking some time for yourself to destress and focus on your health for a little while. Stressful situations tend to compound, and ignoring your body’s physical need to decompress and relax can make things far more painful for you in the new year.
There are many benefits to managing stress with massage therapy, but here are the four best reasons to treat yourself, unwind, and put yourself in the hands of relaxation professionals.
Your Well-Being Depends on It
Taking the time to focus on you--and only you--is critical to creating the best you possible. “The Rest Test”, a study from an international collective of scientists, social behaviorists, and mental health experts, measured the correlation between taking time for yourself and general well-being. As it turns out, those who choose not to take time for themselves to engage in relaxing hobbies and activities like listening to music or meditating showed a significant decrease in well-being scores. A massage therapy session is all about you, and it is one of the more highly recommended ways to give yourself the you-time you deserve.
Your Heart Needs a Break
Your heart is an intricate, beautiful muscle that keeps your body and brain in tune. Unfortunately, your heart is also highly susceptible to stress and anxiety. Though studies are still ongoing, stress does lead to an increased risk of developing heart disease, the leading killer of Americans. Managing stress is not only good for your heart, but the ways in which you choose to manage stress can benefit your overall heart health. As the American Heart Association explains, one of the best ways to manage your risk of heart disease is to reduce stress levels through self-love activities like massage therapy.
Your Skin Will Thank You
Have you ever seen someone’s skin change during times of high stress? It should be no surprise that the natural glow that healthy skin exhibits comes under some pretty heavy fire when things are stressful. Stress has been shown to trigger acne flare ups, spur on psoriasis, and assist in developing premature and more severe wrinkles. Not only does your skin benefit from the reduction in stress through massage therapies, but your mood will also be improved, and that burst of positivity will make your skin radiant.
You Will Regain Your Energy
If you are looking to fight off the stress and regain that energy and vitality that you’re losing this season, a massage is exactly what you need to boost your energy. Holiday season stresses coupled with the decrease in daylight hours are notorious for zapping energy levels right when you need them the most, but you don’t have to let decreased energy get the better of you. Massages give you a boost in serotonin, the neurotransmitter helps regulate mood, sleep, memory, and learning, all of which suffer when you’re under stress. Even those undergoing medical treatments for serious illnesses report that regular massage therapy helps them feel rejuvenated and reenergized. The very best way to regain all that energy you lost is to recharge by letting someone else treat you to a relaxing, mood-elevating, and healthful massage.