Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Find Time to Take a Break

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Find Time to Take a Break

Article excerpt

STRESS, it seems, is an accepted part of daily y life but whether you are a stay-at-home mum or high-flying corporate executive you are probably in need of some time out.

Experts recommend many ways to restore balance, some of which are far from practical.

We can all breathe deeply and take stock but often there isn't time for a relaxing yoga class or a few days away on a deserted island.

De-stressing at home is the best option for most and a burgeoning industry has sprung up touting products to help relaxation.

Home spas

Home spa and bath items are extremely popular.

Many swear by the soothing power of a bath, especially when combined with aromatherapy oils and natural skincare products.

Oils like chamomile, jasmine, orange and sandalwood help invigorate the senses and invoke positive emotions, chasing away those winter blues and leaving you relaxed and refreshed.

You can pick up an affordable aromatherapy kit in good health stores and pharmacies, or even online at sites like aromatherapyandnaturalskincare.com.au.

Try fragrant glycerine soaps, shea butter soap and body creme, natural massage oil, or soaps, lotion or bath products made of sheep milk.

Also, try spa microdermabrasion cloths, mitts and soap mates to gently cleanse skin and help you to relax. Have a plush towel and robe to add to the luxury of the experience.

Beauty products

Facials are a great way to de-stress and take time out. Having one professionally done is often a luxury, but there are a large number of products, for men and women, that will provide a deep cleanse at a more affordable price.

Use a hydrating and clarifying mask a La Prairie Firming Mask ($220) a if you have cash to splash or perhaps Innoxa Purifying Mask ($19.95) if you're planning to eat for the rest of the week.

For those who have a conscience as they indulge, opt for the Fairtrade range (fairnaturally. …

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