This month, North America will experience a major shift in daylight. Although we are only turning the clocks back by one hour, it will really make a difference on how we spend our time. Lack of sunlight can have a negative effect on our bodies, which can lead to stress. Not only will we lose our major source of vitamin D, but the darkness tends to make us feel sluggish, stressed, and sometimes a little blue. To fight seasonal stress this November, try these five non-invasive therapeutic methods:
#1: Chase the Sunlight
Sunlight hours are few and far between. Not only are the days shorter, but November is often rainy, blustery, and snowy. Even during daylight hours, the sun can be hiding behind a cluster of impenetrable clouds. So, when the sun finally does come out, it’s important to step outside and get as much exposure as possible. Go for a walk, sit out on the deck, or take a hike. Just a few minutes of sunlight on your face will give you the vitamin D your body needs and the warmth you’ve been craving.
#2: Try Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy has been helping people with their physical and mental ailments for thousands of years. Mantra Wellness Centre employs a combination of therapeutic massage oils to help our patients unwind, destress, and relax. Of course, the benefits of aromatherapy depend greatly on the oils you use. Popular essential oils that have been proven to decrease stress levels include lavender, chamomile, rose, vetiver, bergamot, frankincense, and much more. Want to learn more about the benefits of aromatherapy? Check out our blog post, 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Aromatherapy.
#3: Just Say NO to Christmas Shopping
Before Halloween is even over, stores are already decorating their aisles with tinsel and holly and blasting Bing Crosby’s Christmas classics over the speaker. But just because merchants want you to start your holiday shopping earlier and earlier every year, you should not feel obligated to pay any attention to Christmas in the month of November. Sure, there are no major holidays in this month, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be swallowed up by the chaos of Christmas shopping. There’s no doubt the holidays are a major point of stress for people. Give yourself a break this year, and just say NO to Christmas shopping in November.
You may not be showing off your beach bod any time soon, but that’s no reason to quit the gym. Exercise offers many benefits, including strength-building, flexibility, stress-relief, elevated mood, weight-loss, increased self-esteem, improved sleep, faster metabolism, lower risk of disease and infection, and lower risk of injury. There are really no disadvantages of exercising. This season, keep up with your exercises to reduce stress and fight off the blues.
#5: Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Massage
Therapeutic massage is the ultimate stress buster this season. At Mantra Wellness Centre, we specialize in a variety of massages to relieve stress, remove tension, and ease you into a relaxed state of mind. No matter what kind of massage therapy you choose, each one promises to nourish your mind, body, and spirit so that you can walk away feeling balanced and restored. This November, why not book a traditional relaxation massage, which promises to make you feel completely rested and ready to take on the world. Book your appointment today or contact Mantra Wellness Centre for more information.