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Self-Care in Stressful Times

We all have busy lives, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have stress (if anyone reading this is 100% stress-free, then please get in touch because I’d like to know your secret!). The recent election was a stressful time for many people. The upcoming holidays are a stressful time for many, and when you throw in the every-day pressures from work, school, family, finances, personal illness, or being the caregiver for a loved one who is ill, it all adds up. Stress is a cumulative thing, and is directly or indirectly responsible for causing or exacerbating many health problems, like hypertension, headaches, asthma, anxiety, insomnia, just to name a few–and also the result of them. If you or a loved on is dealing with a major health issue, that’s likely causing you major stress.

Self-care takes many forms. It might be as simple as taking a nap, sitting quietly to read or meditate, getting whatever kind of exercise you like to do, or taking the time to do something else you enjoy doing, whether that’s going to a concert or visiting with friends.

Our motto at Soothing Touch is Because we all deserve a Soothing Touch. We’ve been manufacturing massage products since 1977, and we know that to be true. A massage is one of the best forms of self-care available. I’ve been a massage therapist almost 18 years, but I’ve been a consumer of massage for about 25-30 years. An hour spent letting a skilled therapist rub out the stress and muscular tension is one of the best things you can do for yourself. A good long soaking bath with our Bath Salts is a great stress reliever. One of my personal stress relief strategies is the use of Soothing Touch Narayan Oil. I’m addicted to it! There’s a bottle in my purse, a bottle in my car, and another bottle on my desk. The delicious smell of clove, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils is very stress-relieving to me.

Many Soothing Touch customers are massage therapists and others in health care professions. Just a reminder that it’s difficult to care for others when you’re not caring for yourself. Whatever relieves your stress and brings you joy, make time for it. Set your alarm clock to “me time” or block out an hour on your calendar every day, if that will motivate you. You’re worth it!

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Laura Allen joined Soothing Touch as the Massage Division Director in July of 2015. She is a licensed massage therapist, a continuing education provider, the author of 5 massage therapy texts published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, and three other self-published books, numerous magazine articles, and has written over 300 blogs about the massage profession. Her regular Ethics column, The Heart of Bodywork, appears in Massage & Bodywork Magazine. Laura lives with her two rescue dogs, Fido and Queenie, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

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