When the stress of trying to do too much, or be too much (superwoman, anyone?), when everyday pressures build to the point where you're about to explode... you know that something's gotta give.
But most of us don't have the luxury (or the dollars) of booking a month-long holiday at a health retreat, or selling up everything and moving to the south of France (bon voyage!).
So what's an everyday, stressed-in-every-way, person to do?
Here are some easy (and cheap) ideas:
1. Plan a 'stay-cation'... this is just like a vacation, except that you stay at home. Choose a long weekend (or take Monday or Friday off and make your own), and get ready to r-e-l-a-x. The important thing is to treat this time as if you're really going away - that means no appointments, errands, or housework (yes!). Stock up on your favourite (and hopefully semi-healthy) foods and snacks, movies, and books, and chill.
2. Act like a tourist... a change is as good as a holiday, right? Put your explorer's hat on and seek out some new/interesting/ relaxing activities or sights near where you live. Check out river cruises, educational tours, theme parks (if adrenaline's your thing), new restaurants and cafes, or other visitor attractions.
3. Set up your own day spa... who doesn't love an opportunity to de-stress and relax? You don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home. Transform one of the rooms into a relaxing retreat in just a few steps:
- declutter - clutter is the enemy of calm
- think comfort - fluffy towels, comfy cushions, plush throws
- set the scene - soft lighting (e.g. candles), chilled tunes, relaxing scents (oil burner, scented candles, or incense)
- prepare your tools - mani/pedi essentials, massage oils (rope in a friend or your partner, or book a mobile masseur), face masks and moisturisers, bubble bath.
So the next time a one-way ticket to Siberia is sounding good, try one of the above tips and take a mini stress-busting break instead. Your health - and sanity - will thank you.
What are your favourite ways to escape? Share in the comments below (or on my Facebook page).