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Top 5 Relaxation Ideas This Season

When my mom was fixing up the Christmas tree this week (we had already done it up, but it wasn’t “perfect”, she said); she threw her hands up in the air and sighed, “Why is Christmas so stressful?!”. As you can see, I got my drama-queen tendencies from her (I mean, she was just re-arranging the tinsel); but I totally get her: this season is stressful.

Whether you’re entertaining guests (or making a long trip back home), doing last minute Christmas shopping, or just stressing over the fact you have to cook 3 turkeys in one day (!!!), it is quite a stressful season. So stop thinking about your turkey for one moment ladies, because here are 5 ways to relax amidst all the stress.

1. Take a Walk

When it gets too much, remove yourself from it all and take a nice walk. The weather is nice and cool right now (granted it isn’t raining), so it’s lovely walking around your neighborhood this time of the year. Better yet, go to the Botanical Gardens and really be immersed with nothing but nature.

2. Get a Massage

One of my favorite things to do, ahem. Massages in Singapore are a plenty – from Thai, to Swedish, to Balinese, that’s the plus side of being in such a cosmopolitan city! They can be kinda (really) expensive though, so my best advice is to check out Groupon, which has some excellent deals (up to 70% off sometimes!). Just head over to their website page massage Singapore and you’ll be all set. Even better if they have a 2-for-1 price – you can treat your friend who I am sure is just as stressed!

3. An afternoon at the Spa

If you’re a beauty girl like me, do yourself a favor and check into a spa. There are countless of them, do a simple Google spa Singapore search and look through! Or again, check out Groupon for some cool deals. The best ones in my option are those completely out of the city – think Dempsey or Tanglin. Or better yet, an outdoor spa. My picks? Start with some sort of body treatment, wash up, and then finish off with a hydrated facial.

4. Take A Bubble Bath

Pretty self explanatory, no? This reminds me of the Friends episode where Monica showed Chandler how to “really” take a bath and he was hooked. Warm water, bubble baths (Philosophy makes the most yummy-smelling ones), bath salts, lit candles and relaxing music… seriously, what is better?

5. At-home mani/pedi

Lock yourself in a room with nothing else but the following: some good music, a nice comfy couch and nail polish… lots of nail polish. Manicures are seriously relaxing; especially with the whole “wait 15 minutes between each coat”. In that 15 mins, lie back, close your eyes and take a mental vacation.

How do you relax during this stressful season? :)

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  • Grace December 20, 2012, 10:55 am

    I relax by going for a run! :D It clears the mind, fills lungs with fresh air and hopefully helps me lose some weight too. XD

    And of course, by using Renee’s Blend bath products – the scent’s awesome and helps me relax. ;)

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    • Renee December 20, 2012, 1:37 pm

      Aw yay!!! I love the last bit ;) Thank you Grace!

  • Kathy December 20, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I relax by going for long walks with my doggie!

    • Renee December 20, 2012, 11:10 pm

      YES! Good one, me too. Stroking and just hanging out with my dog always relaxes me too.

  • Ri December 20, 2012, 7:33 pm

    I relax by sleeping! I’m always particularly stressed and cranky (and bitchy haha) when I’m sleep deprived so nothing like sleep to soothe the raging beast! :)

    • Renee December 20, 2012, 11:12 pm

      Ah yes, so true; especially the part about soothing the raging beast LOL! But I can never have naps or fall asleep during the day, sob. :(

  • elvina December 20, 2012, 11:45 pm

    i love going for long walks, not just in the gardens but also around my housing estate! i also like reading books at random cafes!

    • Renee December 23, 2012, 3:38 pm

      Aw yeah! Nothing like a good book and a nice big couch :D

  • Yvonne December 20, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Haha I totally agree with the taking a walk bit, though I seem to do it only figuratively most of the time! Seems like most people like doing something that pampers yourself or those around you.

    For me, doing some sort of craft work (I can’t knit, or I might possibly take it up) like making a pair of DIY earrings seems to do it. There’s something about concentrating on something else that does it for me! =D

    • Renee December 23, 2012, 3:38 pm

      That’s understandable, when you concentrate on something else, you forget all about what you’re stressed about! I used to make earrings too when I was younger :)

  • Maria Veronica December 21, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Great tips! When I’m stressed out, especially when it’s due to body-issues, I’ll hold my own little private “fashion show” haha :) I’m not sure why, but dressing myself in flamboyant dresses and strutting à la mode from the washroom and back before posing in front of the mirror just makes me feel so BOOM BOOM POWW :D

    • Renee December 23, 2012, 3:39 pm

      Ooooh very nice, a great confidence booster as well! I remember I used to do that as a kid with my friends, so much fun :)

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