Life is stressful, and that can make it difficult for you to take care of your health the way you should. Fortunately, a few creature comforts and luxurious indulgences can improve your health and help keep the stress at bay at the same time. So reach for the bubble bath and let the stress of the day melt away. It’s time to get healthy by spoiling yourself.
Long, Hot Bubble Baths
Not only can a long, hot bath improve your mood and soothe your body, it can also improve your health. In 2017, researchers found that an hour-long hot soak burned as many calories as a half-hour walk. What’s more, frequent dips in warm water or regular sessions in a heated sauna may lower your risk for cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.
The next time you’re stressed, consider taking a soothing bubble bath. Light a candle, turn out the lights, turn on some relaxing music and let yourself be alone with your thoughts. Remember, it’s for your health, so don’t feel guilty about spending that time.
Frequent, Therapeutic Massage
A massage session can make you feel happier, healthier and more relaxed than before. In addition to alleviating stress, massage can help you manage anxiety and may provide you with some relief from digestive disorders, headaches, fibromyalgia and insomnia. It also helps reduce the pain associated with injuries and arthritis, and it may even lower your blood pressure.
Delicious, Occasional Chocolate Indulgence
Do you love chocolate? Who doesn’t? Overindulging in milk chocolate can be unhealthy, but an occasional serving of dark chocolate may improve your health. Dark chocolate contains polyphenols, types of antioxidants that may lower cholesterol levels and reduce cardiovascular disease risks. Dark chocolate has also been linked to increased cognitive function. What better excuses do you need? Just make sure to keep it in moderation.
Luxurious baths, massages and chocolate treats may seem like decadent, sinful indulgences, but they’re actually very healthy for you. If you want to live your best life and find a healthier, happier version of you, start spoiling yourself. You’ll be happy you did.