Stresslaxation? You may be wondering what it means. It sounds like an oxymoron, and in a way it is. The official Urban Dictionary defines it this way: Stresslaxation (v.) Being so stressed that relaxing makes you more stressed because you’re not working on what’s making you stressed. Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, this new word is gaining much popularity these days, and has popped up in articles for Forbes Magazine and Yahoo! LIfe. There’s no need to worry though, as there are several ways you can beat it and find true relaxation. Here are 7 ways to relieve stresslaxation.
1. Get more physical activity
Before you sigh, physical activity doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym each week. It just means to get moving. Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Dance to your favorite tunes. Keep it simple and enjoyable. Physical activity has been proven to relieve stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise: 1) pumps up your endorphins (your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters), 2) reduces the negative effects of stress (improving your lymphatic, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems), 3) provides an opportunity for meditation in motion (helping you stay calm, clear and focused), and 4) improves your mood, self-confidence, and sleep.
Here at Hermann Hill, you have ample opportunities to get moving. Explore our 3-Mile Walk, which begins and ends right here on the Hill. You’ll enjoy diverse sites along the way. Take a bike ride on the popular Katy Trail. We’ll even transport you and your bikes for you! Dance the night away in your private cottage, where you can then relax on your private patio or deck. Join our free Saturday morning Yoga on the Bluff, and experience the stress-reducing benefits of yoga.
2. Follow a healthy diet
A healthy diet doesn’t have to mean bland and boring meals 3 times a day. Imagine biting into bright and colorful fruits and vegetables, delicious salads and savory chicken or egg dishes. With a little preparation, you’ll start to crave your healthy diet.
During your stay at Hermann Hill, you have many in-room dining options to customize your food choices. Choose from our Slow Cooker Meals or Grill Your Own Feast. Stay Your Way for a simple continental breakfast, or opt for our Signature Experience and choose from nine entree options for your gourmet breakfast. Or head into Hermann for a meal at one of our local restaurants.
3. Soak your cares away
Does taking a bath really help reduce stress? Yes! But don’t worry if you’re not a bathtub person, because the benefits apply to warm showers as well. According to an article in USA Today, studies show that hot water increases your body temperature, calms the nervous system, releases endorphins (your happy hormones, like dopamine and serotonin), and improves circulation. The result is reduced stress levels. What’s more, flowing water in jetted tubs mimics massage, providing pain relief. Soaking in warm water just before bed also helps you fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.
Our Vineyard Inn Suites and River Bluff Cottages come with either a jetted Sanijet tub, hot tub, or steam shower. That means you can soak your cares away, sleep the night away, and wake up rested and refreshed.
4. Get a massage
You probably already know that massages reduce stress. But did you know that only 10 minutes of massage can activate the body’s built-in system for conquering stress, relaxing both the mind and body?
The good news is massages are an easy part of your stay at Hermann Hill thanks to our on-site spa services and packages. Indulge in a body or facial massage and experience one tailored to your body’s needs with plant-based products and aromatherapy. Choose to relax and unwind in our state-of-the-art spa, or in the comfort and privacy of your River Bluff Cottage.
5. Spend time with loved ones
What’s better than exercise and massage for reducing stress? Spending time with family and friends. Studies show that having social support from your spouse, family, or friends, is strongly linked to improved physical and mental health (Time Magazine).
Plan a fun girlfriends’ getaway or a romantic couple’s escape at Hermann Hill. Our boutique hotel is designed for guests to customize the perfect stay, one that fits you and your companion. Find your favorite accommodation, and then choose your stay with our Stay Your Way or Signature Experiences.
6. Spend time in nature
Spending just 20 minutes in nature can help lower stress hormone levels. In fact, studies show that participants who were immersed in a natural setting experienced the biggest drop in cortisol levels. Nature has proven to provide a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress levels and better moods, including the sounds of nature, such as birds singing and crickets chirping. (APA)
Once again, Hermann Hill comes to the rescue. Our boutique hotel sits on a bluff overlooking the mighty Missouri River. We are also surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of trees, and a beautiful vineyard. Nature is literally just outside your door. Grill out in our new picnic shelter surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Take a walk on our own 3-Mile Walk, mentioned above. Or sit under the stars at night on your private deck or patio.
7. Spend time with your pet
Although studies are relatively new, ask any pet lover and they’ll tell you how their furry friend is one of their most beloved companions. In fact, interacting with animals has shown to decrease cortisol levels, lower blood pressure, reduce loneliness, and boost your mood.
We understand the importance of pets, which is why we offer dog-friendly accommodations. When you plan your getaway, book one of our dog-friendly River Bluff Cottages. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a comfy dog bed and a traveling food bowl to take home; treats are also available! Many of our local wineries are dog-friendly too, so bring Fido along as you enjoy a relaxing drive through wine country, and stop to sip and savor the local wines.
What are you waiting for? Reserve your favorite guest accommodation, pack your bags, and get ready to relax by enjoying all 7 ways to relieve stresslaxation right here at the best boutique hotel in Hermann, MO.