According to the report, approximately 462 million vacation days will go unused in 2017 for reasons ranging from budget to work commitments. Yet, the benefits of vacations are well-documented: taking time off can lead to improved productivity, stress reduction and even heart disease prevention.
How stressed have you been this month? This week? Today?
Chances are pretty high that you’ve been at least moderately worried, overstretched, or burnt out recently. The American Psychological Association recently released their annual Stress in America report, which found that 75 percent of Americans have experienced at least one symptom of stress in the past month. These symptoms range from anxiousness to irritability to fatigue, and are caused by stressors including money, work, and the future of our nation — all really serious stuff.
With the news that beloved television series Friday Night Lights disappeared from Netflix when October rolled around, fans everywhere undoubtedly binged the series just one more time (for the uninitiated: yes, it’s that good). And while Coach Taylor’s unwavering determination and Tami’s supportive, nurturing counsel helped countless characters find their way over the show’s five seasons, the show’s core mantra has unexpected relevance in the wellness world, too.
The old adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is ingrained in our vernacular for a reason — triumph often follows adversity. Failing isn’t fun in the moment, but it’s a key component of growth. After all, if everyone did everything perfectly on their first attempt, life would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?
Self-care is one of the most vital aspects of living a healthy, well-balanced life. Maybe you have your self-care routine down pat (Sunday evening face mask while reading a book with a cup of tea, anyone?) and are looking to change it up. Or maybe self-care is a totally foreign concept to you and you’re starting from scratch. Either way, below are three amazing ways to indulge in self-care that may seem scary but are truly life changing.