5 Quick Tips to Relax During the Holidays… And Any Other Time Too!

November and December can be very stressful for many people because their normal routine is often disrupted by holiday breaks, the kids being out of school, work schedule changes, party requests, diet changes, gift buying excitement or woes, grieving the loss of a loved one, strained relationships, holiday concerts, travel traffic… and the list could go on… and on… and on.

Let’s be honest… some of us thrive on the chaos of the season… and some of us get a bit overwhelmed.

Whether you are an extrovert and enjoy hopping from party to party and event to event or an introvert and you prefer to snuggle under the blanket by the fire and sip on hot cocoa with marshmallows while cherishing your “me time”, EVERYONE NEEDS TO RELAX!

Your body needs to rest and relax so that you can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. The old saying, “we all need a little R & R” is very true.

Rest and Relaxation Allows Your Body to...

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How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Sleep is underrated.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, people between the ages of 26-64 require 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Adults 65 years and older require 7-8 hours of sleep per night. In comparison, adolescents between the ages of 14-17 require 8-10 hours of sleep per night while school age children between the ages of 6-13 require 9-11 hours of sleep. Preschool children ages 3-5 years old require 10-13 hours of sleep while toddlers ages 1-2 years old require 11-14 hours of sleep per night. Newborns and infants up to age 11 months old may require 12-18 hours of sleep per night.

Here are some benefits of a good night’s sleep: 

  • Quicker pumping of cerebral spinal fluid across your brain to remove waste products so you awake with a clearer mind
  • Slower breathing and more regular breathing action of your lungs
  • Reduced heart rate and decreased blood pressure
  • Release of growth hormones to rebuild muscle and joints and allow your body to recover from the...
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DIY Series – How to Perform Self-Massage with a Tennis Ball

Have you ever had that spot on your back right by your shoulder blade that felt tight, yet you couldn’t reach it?

Do you sit at a computer all day and experience shoulder and neck tension that doesn’t seem to go away?

If you answered “YES”, I can totally relate!

That’s why I do self-massage with a tennis ball. It’s a quick technique that can reduce tension and ease muscle tightness.

To learn more, I encourage you to watch a video from a DIY series I recorded during a recent Facebook live session.

You will learn:

  • What happens to your body when self-massage is applied
  • Why you would want to perform self-massage
  • When NOT to perform self-massage
  • How to perform self-massage with a tennis ball

You may view the video here:

All you need now is a tennis ball to melt that tension away. If pain and tension is not relieved despite using the tennis ball for 7 days, then it probably isn’t going away on its own and you need an expert to intervene. You...

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