RELAX…here’s why you must!

relaxDid you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Stress can really bring us down, which is why we’re talking about the importance of relaxing and decompressing to be our best selves. Here are few important benefits of relaxing and rejuvenating:

  • Relaxation boosts the immune system, which lowers incidence of illness
  • Relaxation aids decision-making skills (stress clouds our judgement and reason)
  • Relaxation boosts memory and other cognitive functions
  • Relaxation stabilizes mood and stimulates the pleasure response, which enhances contentment and greatly reduces rate of depression
  • Relaxation decreases blood pressure
  • Relaxation promotes weight maintenance (stress increases appetite and cortisol)
  • Relaxation often results in better, deeper, uninterrupted sleep
  • Relaxation provides us with more energy overall
  • Relaxation does wonders for clear skin
  • Relaxation makes us feel GREAT!

EITSGood news, relaxing and rejuvenating the mind, body, and soul is now more accessible than ever! Hamptons Wellness Week is returning, bigger and better than ever! This time around, the week is PACKED with amazing offers from local spas, salons, and wellness providers to get us all relaxed and ready to “Ease into the Season.” Mark your calendar because May 3rd kicks off a wellness week like NO other. Stay tuned to hamptonswellnessweek.com for details coming soon and be sure to check our daily updates on Hamptons Wellness Week’s Facebook Page!

One Healthy Breakdown: we all deserve a little R & R before summer craziness!

The Art of Managing Stress

If you’re totally relaxed and at peace every second of every day, ignore this post. If you ever feelĀ  stressed and overwhelmed, keep reading. The Wellness Institute at the Southampton Hospital offers a weekly stress management class to discuss and aid the art of relaxation. While stress is a natural reaction, part of our humanity, it can have a negative effect on us both physically and emotionally. Our sense of reasoning is not clear when we’re stressed, we’re not able to put things in perspective, and we often feel physically drained or even experience stress-induced illness. Nowadays, we rarely take the time to rest and rejuvenate. There’s always something to do, 24/7. Some of their suggested relaxation strategies include:

Man Meditating on a Rock at the Beach

  • Remember that it is not the goal to rid your life of stress, its learning how to manage stress that is important.
  • The more positive your outlook, the better you will manage stress. Learn to re-frame your stress by thinking about the big picture and prioritizing.
  • Living in the present moment is half the battle. If you’re living in the here and now, you can’t stress out about something next week.
  • Although we no longer celebrate a universal day of rest every Sunday, pick a time and make up for it. Since the world never stops, the hustle and bustle never shuts down, and time does not stand still, we have to create and prioritize the time to rejuvenate. Choose a time each week that is family time or alone time. Put aside all of the latest technology and chill.
  • Learn how to say NO sometimes! It will help you to avoid lots of unnecessary stress.
  • Utilize all five senses (visualization, scents like candles or oils, touch like massage, taste your favorite foods, listen to calming sounds, music, or silence.)
  • LAUGHTER is the best stress buster. Laugh, a lot.
  • Relaxation techniques should be practiced daily in order to master the strategies for when they’re most needed. Just like a muscle, our stress-management skills need to be worked to stay in shape.

One Healthy Breakdown: Destress and decompress for your wellness!

Bask in Your Mask, At Home!

Love that post-facial feel? Why not save a little money and time by making your own natural face masks? This way, you can feel good about the ingredients and maybe even multitask by getting something done around the house (yes, a snooze, bath, or TV show counts as something!) while you bask in your mask! Try these masks over the next few weeks to rejuvenate skin after a long summer of sunshine!

Woman Getting Facial Treatment

Moisture Mask: Combine 1 whole avocado, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Blend or mash until smooth. Add a teaspoon of sea salt for added exfoliation (optional, best for oily skin.) Apply mask to face and let sit 15-20 minutes. Wash face with warm water and pat dry.

Pore Shrinker: Apply egg whites evenly to face (use one egg’s whites or about a tablespoon out of carton, preferably pasteurized.) Let dry on face about 10 minutes and wash with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Face will feel a bit stiff and pores will be instantly smaller. Also helps fight blemishes!

Revitalization Recipe: Combine one part fresh-squeezed orange juice, one part milk, and two parts honey. Apply evenly to face and let soak for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

OrangesOne Healthy Breakdown: who said a facial has to cost an arm and a leg? Just open your fridge and facial away today!

*consult a doctor before trying if you have sensitive skin or food allergies.