Sabrina Hansen is the Development and Outreach Manager at Inova Medical Spa in Ashburn, VA. She has more than 13 years of combined experience in the luxury spa and cosmetic industries.
Tips for positive lifestyle changes in 2019
Happy New Year! The last few weeks have been merry and joyous – yet exhausting and stressful at the same time. By now, many of us are relieved that the holiday hustle and bustle has passed and are excited about what the new year will bring.
It’s usually at this time of the year that many will decide to make positive lifestyle changes in an effort to improve their physical, spiritual, and mental health and well-being. Here are a few tips from the spa team to help you maintain (or gain!) wellness this year:
- Schedule a massage. Massage yields many health benefits. A regular massage can help to lower blood pressure, relieve muscle tension, increase circulation, and reduce stress.
- Commit to “ME” time. Regularly set aside time to decompress. Take 30 minutes to relax with a warm bath, meditation, or journaling session. These activities can help keep you focused on your goals, unwind from the daily grind, and give yourself a much needed – and deserved – mental break.
- Focus on your emotional health. Improving our emotional health begins with conscious activities to create “feel good” emotions. We can do this by committing to do one thing nice for ourselves each day. This can include something as simple as taking a walk or working out – or, something more extravagant like treating yourself to a spa treatment or traveling. What’s important is the end result – did it make you happy? Then, it was well worth it!
- Spend time in Nature. Nature yields a very relaxing and nurturing effect on the body. Spending time outdoors, listening to the sounds of nature, and/or just simply looking at pictures of nature can minimize mental fatigue. Listening to nature sounds can also help to improve your focus and promote better rest.