Do you need a mid-year break (ALREADY)? July has almost passed – and with it school holidays, you are not the only one glad that school has resumed again.
It is enough to leave most parents feeling exhausted. Cooped up kids indoors on rainy days can drive any parent dilly and make even the most devoted parent long for school term to begin again. Now that the kids are back in school and routine is back on track, maybe it’s time for you to take some TIME OUT and recover before the madness of the Festive Season begins. (Yes it is only 5 months to Christmas!) So make sure you recharge those batteries now.
It is so important to take time out for you and to spend time with your loved ones – not only for your mental wellbeing, but for the benefit of your health as well! Stress can manifest itself inside the body and can cause many symptoms that might not immediately be linked to stress.
Excessive stress and anxiety can lead to reduced immunity and an increased chance of getting sick. It’s crucial to keep daily stress under control as much as possible to offset the effects of past stress and encourage good health in the present.
Insomnia and Stress
Few things are as frustrating as lying awake in bed, unable to sleep. While insomnia can stem from a variety of sources, one to consider is stress. Stress can cause a number of sleep-related issues including trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and poor-quality sleep.
Concentration and Stress
Being under pressure can affect how our brains respond to stress – studies have reported that students studying for exams experienced more trouble focusing their attention than others who were not stressed. However, a month after the stressful period was over, the stressed group’s mental skills returned to normal. Don’t let your body get to this state.
Stress can worsen pre-existing conditions including rosacea, psoriasis, and acne, as well as dehydrate the skin, permitting allergens, bacteria, and pollutants to irritate it. Chat to one of our Ginkgo Spa therapists about finding a skin care routine that can help, but make sure you cut down on the stress.
When under stress, the stress hormones cortisol, noradrenaline and adrenaline rise, this causes restlessness, nervousness, jitters and other non-specific and non-directed signs of agitation. Blood is directed away from periphery blood vessels and directed to the heart and major muscles, blood pressure increases, as does heart rate. The immune system, digestion, hormones, neurotransmitters etc. are suppressed. Too much adrenaline can bring on an attack of panic, migraine, epilepsy and many other stress symptoms. So take care of yourself.
We are recommended as one of the Top Spas in Cape Town by many. So if you’re feeling stressed out you’d be certain to recharge your batteries with a little treat and some pampering at one of our Ginkgo Spas – we have plenty of Spa Packages and Spa Treatments suited to banish away your tension.