The digital age has made us more connected, with our phone and computer screens becoming our windows into what feels like a much smaller world. That’s great for communication and awareness, but this never-ending influx of information has its downsides.
We’re moving at a faster pace than ever before, doing our best to keep up with everything going on around us, and this inevitably leads to more stress. With the fear of missing out and the need to be as informed as possible at all times, we stretch ourselves too thin. And as most all of us can attest, more stress typically translates into less sleep.
We’ve all heard that a healthy diet, exercise and plenty of sleep are the best ways to reduce stress and have a happier, healthier life. But for some of us, good sleep is hard to come by. Whether because of aches and pains or a mind that won’t shut off, it seems no matter what we do, we spend our nights tossing and turning, unable to get the rest we so desperately need.
It’s a bit of a catch-22, isn’t it? You need restful sleep to reduce stress, but you need reduced stress to achieve restful sleep.
Like so many lifestyle improvements, the solution may involve incorporating a good habit. Many consider massage to be a special treat, an indulgence to be experienced once or twice a year. But what they fail to realize is that regular massage can have a destressing effect that improves every aspect of life.
Going back to our digital lifestyle, think of this — how many of your recreational, destressing activities don’t involve a screen? Between Netflix, video games and social media, your time spent relaxing may not be as relaxing as you think. You’re still being bombarded with information. You’re not giving yourself a chance to unplug.
Regular weekly or monthly massage gives you that chance. Letting your mind sit idle while soaking in the calming background music, the soft glow of candles, the soothing touch of an experienced massage therapist — this can help you destress your life and achieve better sleep.
Over time, this healthy habit can remove built-up stress, which allows you to sleep better, which helps you approach your day from a calmer, less reactive state — making you more resistant to future stress.
More and more people are finding that massage isn’t the luxury it was once considered to be. It’s a tool — one that can help you achieve a happier, healthier life.
Start your new healthy habit today.
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