be refreshed and recharged

This is the time of the year where many people plan family vacations and research travel deals as the festive draws near. No matter how busy or how hard you have worked throughout the year, it is important to take time off for a break for yourself and your family.

I am on my 6th night of my family vacation which explains why I haven’t been very regular in my blog posting. I am very thankful that I can spend this time with my hubby and preschooler and I have also made it a point to do ‘slow’ travel this time. Slow travel means taking things easy and not rushing to do too much and tiring ourselves out. Interestingly, many of us come home from a vacation feeling more tired and worn out. Then we need another week or so to get recharged and refreshed. A vacation shouldn’t be overly packed with activities and a list of ‘must-do’s’ but it should achieve your objective of the vacation.

As you plan for a break before the year comes to an end, may you remember to give your body and mind a real break and be recharged for the new year.

a hot spring bath in a ryokan

After many days of long walks in the streets of tokyo, I was glad to check into a luxury ryokan in hakone. This was our first experience in a japanese style ryokan and we were so excited to have a private hot spring bath in our room!

Nothing can beat a good soak in a hot spring after all those tired hours of traveling. I could literally feel the muscles easing and my mind totally relaxed! After a nice soak in the hot spring bath, a nice cup of japanese green tea was said to replenish and restore the body’s energy to optimum. It is no wonder why there are green tea diets around these days cos some health experts have claimed that green tea contains ingredients that can help with weight loss. People who are looking for weight loss options search from alli to hoodiia, some even opt for invasive surgeries and body wraps and such.

Now that we are back in the city, I can only hope that we can one day return to a hot spring ryokan to enjoy the wonderful benefits of the hot spring water – to once again ease those aching muscles and tired mind, to be fully recharged and restored to meet with every day’s new stresses.

simple steps for helpful management of stress

Every now and then, a person is bound to experience stress from family, work, jobs in business, social situations, finances, or illness. It may be a ‘short-term’ stress resulting from every day situations such as being stuck in traffic or being confronted by the boss at work.

A lot of people who have learned to practice effective management of stress have learned to successfully cope with stressful circumstances and never seem to get stressed.  Here are some simple steps for helpful management of stress:

1) Create a list
Effective management of stress means being aware of the things that cause one’s stress; think what triggers the most stress, list them down with its stress levels and how it affects you.

2) Take control
Make a decision on the things in the list that can be resolved.  Keep in mind that not everything in the list is within your control, but even if these events are uncontrollable, one can control the way that they respond to it.  The slightest changes, such as not getting ‘worked up’ in rush hour traffics but instead listening to music or favorite radio show, make a significant difference in helping one feel in control of their life.

3) Unloading and learning to say no
There are just some things at  jobs in business or at home that one don’­t want or can’­t do, and the best thing to do is let them go rather than letting it stress you out – if possible, cross them out of the list.  Do not commit to new tasks simply because of the feeling of – ‘I have to’ -learn to say ‘no’.