9 Essential Stress Busters for Your Next Day Off

Enjoy Your Favourite Tunes

The long weekend is coming and we’re all thinking about what to do on our extra day off.

If it’s too late to do a weekend trip somewhere, there’s really nothing wrong with staying in Singapore.

Why? Because this will finally be your chance to truly recover from the 8 months of stress and tension you’ve been building up this year!

We’ve worked with some of our retailers to get you exclusive deals and offers on luxurious spa services, plus some tips on how to relieve stress even at home.

So here are some things you could give a try.

Soak Your Feet

1. Soak Your Feet

Do you know we have over 72,000 nerve endings in our feet and they all correspond to different parts of our body? According to this article on Livestrong, soaking your feet in a basin filled with warm water may help relieve stress and tension as the pressure of the water induces relaxation throughout the body and even helps to remove some toxins!

Apparently, if you add lemon juice to the water, it will help you feel extra refreshed!

2. Enjoy a Hot Shower

A hot bath or shower with aromatherapy can relieve the body of any tension that may build up during the day too. The warm temperature helps improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow. For complete relaxation, it would be ideal to add in a few drops of pure essential oils into the hot bath to ease tense muscles.

Regular Exercise

3. Regular Exercise

Although it may not feel like it at first, regular exercise has been proven to relieve stress. It’s also a great way to put those really comfortable and extra snazzy gym gear to use!

According to Harvard Health Publications, regular aerobic exercise can help bring stimulation, relaxation and calm, as well as relieve stress and depression. It also reduces stress hormones in the body, and triggers an increase of endorphins too. (Endorphins are “natural painkillers” as well as “mood elevators”.)

With other benefits such as loosening tense muscles, increasing energy levels, boosting self- confidence, and clearing the mind, it’s no wonder everyone’s been exercising more lately.

Dancing, cycling at the park or going on a hike with friends? Find something you like to do, and just get moving!

Yes, taking a stroll for 20 minutes a day also counts.

Deep Breathing

4. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is known to counter the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.

So if you’re working hard, stop what you are doing right now and take a five minute break.

Now try this. Sit-up straight, close your eyes and focus on your breathing with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose and feel the air entering your belly to the top of your head. Then exhale slowly through the mouth. Repeat till relaxed.

Get a Fortnightly Massage

5. Get a Fortnightly Massage

Plan some time for a professional deep tissue massage or pressure point-relaxing massage at least once a month, or when you’re really at your wits end.

If you’re looking for a good and affordable spa treatment package that includes lotion, massage, mask, scrub and hot towel treatments, you can try Nailz Gallery at Causeway Point. Their pedicure and manicure spa treatments help remove toxins and skin impurities, their scrubs provide deep cleansing and revitalise fatigued skin, while hot towel treatments not only feel great, they help the pores open up for the easy removal of impurities.

Give Yourself a Massage

6. Give Yourself a Massage

If you prefer a D.I.Y method of massage, this may also help.

A hand massage can be especially helpful for people who spend most of the day typing away on a keyboard. We don’t notice it but our hands actually carry a lot of tension.

Start by applying some lotion. Then start kneading the base of the muscle under the thumb. This will relieve stress in the shoulders, neck, and scalp.

7. Give Yourself More Me-Time

If you’ve been feeling lethargic lately, it might be because you’ve overlooked something very important called “me time”.

What better way to relax than have someone fuss over you? Image Courtesy of Ladyfinger
What better way to relax than have someone fuss over you? Image Courtesy of Ladyfinger

Try spending just 10 minutes a day with yourself – this can be getting your nails done, writing in your diary or just reading a good book in bed. You might find that it makes a real difference to how you feel after a while!

Time to fix those fingernails? You can get an Express Gelish Manicure or Express Gelish Pedicure for just $29.90++ at Polish the Nails Room, Waterway Point!

Step out of the salon feeling brand new again! Image Courtesy of Ladyfinger
Step out of the salon feeling brand new again! Image Courtesy of Ladyfinger

Or for just $51 nett** at Ladyfinger, Bedok Point, you can get both a manicure and a pedicure!

For PlusPoint readers only, choose any 2 services from this list for just $51 nett** at Ladyfinger, Bedok Point.

  1. Classic Manicure + Express Pedicure (U.P. $46.00)
  2. Classic Pedicure (U.P. $40.00)
  3. Gel Polish (U.P. $64.20 – $74.90)
  4. Gel Treatment (U.P. $16.05)
  5. 7 days Mask treatment (U.P. $16.05 – $26.75)
  6. Nail Mask (U.P. $10.70 – $16.05)
Image Courtesy of Victoria Facelift
Image Courtesy of Victoria Facelift

8. Go for a Facial Treatment

Why not go for a facial treatment so you feel and look refreshed at the same time?

Guess what? AsterSpring at The Centrepoint is now offering their latest LPG Endermolift Facial Treatment from France at more than 50{8f42e3536fa1e6f87f919a2e387db08d813e1f513d4d1296def18f34bd27beb4} off! It is guaranteed to increase hyaluronic acid by 80{8f42e3536fa1e6f87f919a2e387db08d813e1f513d4d1296def18f34bd27beb4}, elastin by 46{8f42e3536fa1e6f87f919a2e387db08d813e1f513d4d1296def18f34bd27beb4}, firmness by 23{8f42e3536fa1e6f87f919a2e387db08d813e1f513d4d1296def18f34bd27beb4} and smoothen wrinkles by 21{8f42e3536fa1e6f87f919a2e387db08d813e1f513d4d1296def18f34bd27beb4}.

Exclusive to PlusPoint readers only, your first-time trial will be only $128 nett. This is way lower than the usual prices of $230! (This is limited to first-time trail only, and prior booking is required.)^

Feel your skin become firmer and tighter, with fine lines visibly lightened instantly. Image Courtesy of Victoria Facelift
Feel your skin become firmer and tighter, with fine lines visibly lightened instantly. Image Courtesy of Victoria Facelift

Alternatively, you could go for the Signature Victoria Power Lift Facial Therapy at Victoria Facelift, Waterway Point. It targets stressed-induced facial features like crow’s feet, forehead lines, sagging and more, without the use of injections or surgeries. This facial treatment uses a unique formulation that contains EGF and hydrolysed collagen that will instantly firm sagging skin, lift and contour the face, reduce fine lines and even replenish collagen in the skin.

Exclusively for PlusPoint readers, the first 50 to SMS <PlusPoint, your name> to 73232 will receive a complimentary 90-minute Victoria Power-Life Facial Therapy worth $388!

Enjoy Your Favourite Tunes

9. Enjoy Your Favourite Tunes

Last but not least, this is one that you can do anywhere, everyday.

Who knew that listening to your favourite tunes has been known to be a well-proven stress buster?

In fact in their article titled “Music as Medicine”, the American Psychological Association states that there are 400 studies which support the fact that music actually helps improve the body’s immune system and reduce the levels of stress hormones called cortisol in the body.

I guess we all know what we’re doing on our next day off. Spending time with ourselves, doing nothing… except getting pampered AND listening to your favourite playlist on Spotify!

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