Relieving Stress During Upcoming Holiday Season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/4/05

Relieving Stress During Upcoming Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. For many, the holidays can bring on more than just cheer, they can also be stressful. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta shows us ways to beat the holiday blues.

Erin Coats, Registered Massage Therapist, tells us Aromatherapy is an easy way to relax. Lighting aromatherapy candles made from essential oils from flowers, herbs, and trees can promote health and relieve stress. She says you can also use bath salts and oils to help you relax. Making your own bath salt can be easy and inexpensive. Erin shares her favorite recipe.

Erin's Bath Salt:

What You Need:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Aromatherapy Oil

Mix two cups of Epsom salt with three to four drops of aromatherapy oil. Add food coloring of your choice until you reach the desired color. Stir and pour 1/2 cup into running bath and enjoy.

Erin also shows us a variety of self massaging techniques like the scalp massage. She says it's a good idea to massage your scalp with your fingertips to promote circulation and even relieve tension headaches. You can begin at your forehead hairline along the front, side, and back of the head, making small circles with your fingertips. She says it's best to work your way toward the top of your head as if drawing a circle. You can massage your scalp for ten minutes a day, even while shampooing your hair.

Bottom line, Erin says it's important to take time for yourself during the busy holiday season to maintain your health and well being.

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