It’s no secret we’re living in unprecedented times. Daily life can be stressful enough under the best circumstances, let alone when we are collectively facing so many new situations. If you’re like most people, chances are it’s safe to say you’ve been even more stressed out lately.
Taking a moment to relax and release your stress is incredibly important. Below are several of our top tips to help you unwind and recenter:
Try a massage chair
Here at Sleep First we are so excited to be offering a powerful new tool for at-home relaxation: massage chairs! Massage chairs can help relieve stress, boost your mood, decrease muscle soreness and tension and even improve immunity and blood flow. Studies show that sitting in a massage chair for just 40 minutes a day can help soothe sore muscles, anxious thought patterns, fatigue and overall stress levels.
Getting enough sleep is crucial. The quality of your sleep can affect your physical, mental and even emotional health. Studies show that improper sleep may lead to health issues such as heart diseases or depression. A great night’s sleep, on the other hand, allows you to wake up fully replenished and ready for the day ahead. If you have trouble falling asleep, a few minutes in your massage chair can make a huge difference.
Have some fun!
Spending some time doing one of your favorite hobbies can shift your mindset from a place of stress and overwhelm to relaxation and presence. An effective way to decrease stress is to make time in your daily schedule for activities you love, such as golfing, knitting, reading or even sitting in your massage chair.
Do some simple exercising
Everyone has their own favorite way of exercising. Some people enjoy calmer movement such as yoga and pilates, while others prefer running or lifting weights. No matter what you choose, movement is an effective way to bring balance to your body, mind, and lifestyle. And when it comes to stress relief, we can’t forget stretching! It helps soothe your nervous system and calm sore muscles. Want to take it a step further? A massage chair session speeds workout recovery and increases flexibility.
Have some “me” time
Taking time for self-care is a powerful remedy for a stressed-out system. Whether you like baths and face masks, puzzles and painting, hiking and birdwatching, or all of the above, prioritize the acts that soothe you. If massages are part of your self-care wish list, you might even consider buying your own personal massage chair. For the price of a few massages, you can get thousands of massages in the comfort of your own home. Self-care? Check!At Sleep First, we want to help you find everything you need for your optimal sleep and relaxation for the best value possible. If you're interested in getting your own massage chair or upgrading your mattress, the best way to find your perfect fit is to stop by your nearest Sleep First location to talk to a mattress expert and test out your options. We’ll see you there!