During crunch times in our lives, we often long to find ways to make ourselves feel happier. One of the worst ways we can do this is by turning to comfort foods, which are often very unhealthy and can lead to weight gain and contribute to disease down the road. But depending on what you do, treating yourself can actually be great for your health while boosting your mood and cutting your stress.
Do an Epsom Soak
There’s nothing more relaxing than a nice warm bath. Soaking in hot water can bring both mental and physical benefits. The warm water helps stimulate circulation and relaxes your muscles, which is aided by the addition of Epsom salts. Epsom salts have long been used to boost health and reduce inflammation, with baths being just one of its uses.
Have Some Chocolate
After being demonized for years as an unhealthy dessert, chocolate has been found to have many health benefits as long as you eat the right kind. The chemicals present in cacao help to counteract the activity of the nasty stress hormone cortisol in your body. The flavonoids present in the chocolate also help decrease your risk of stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.
Take Some ‘You’ Time
It can be easy to get caught up in the problems and needs of other people while forgetting to take care of yourself. The thing is, forgetting to take care of yourself is a surefire way to end up stressed and burned out. Take some time to watch your favorite movie, take a walk through the park or play an instrument you haven’t picked up in a while. If you haven’t taken some time off in a long time, you should probably give yourself a break.
De-stressing shouldn’t feel like a chore. As long as you do it with your overall health in mind, treating yourself is essential maintenance, not a guilty pleasure.