Unfortunately, taking a day off could be the worst thing you do. According to a new survey, most people feel even more tired after taking a day off work.
The survey, which involved 2,000 staff at Hilton Hotels & Resorts, revealed that of the 24 days of entitled holiday leave, the average person only spends eight actually relaxing.
The rest are spent attending medical appointments, catching up on DIY around the home, or looking after sick family members.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said: “We’re working longer hours and don’t have much down time, which impacts negatively on our well-being.”
Feeling tired and drained of energy can lead to high levels of stress, which can in turn cause physical problems such as headaches, stomach pains and sleep problems.
There are a number of alternative therapies great for relieving stress. Why not spend your next day off at a spa or clinic trying some of the following treatments?
Autogenic Training is a simple and effective way of relieving stress without the use of drugs. It is essentially self-induced relaxation, much like meditation but without the spiritual associations. Through a series of learnt body and mind exercises, it is possible to achieve a state of heightened awareness and contentedness which helps to combat anxiety and stress.
Aromatherapy uses healing oils, usually through massage, to relax the body and mind. The scents are believed to have antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities to soothe muscles and calm the mind.
Massage therapy uses touch and manipulation to move muscles and body tissues to alleviate tension and induce a state of relaxation. There are a huge number of different kinds of massages, each one applying a different technique with a different outcome. Massage is thought to be extremely effective for getting rid of stress – so why not book yourself in for an hour on your next day off?
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