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Top stress reduction tips from the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

Stress can be an ongoing issue for many people - with jobs, family, money, and life in general all contributing factors.

While it's easy to let everyday life get the better of you there are ways to be calmer and make day-to-day activities that bit more manageable.

And thanks to the Spa at Slieve Donard and their new Restore and Repair Autumn Spa Experience, there are plenty of treatments on offer to help towards keeping you happy and relaxed.

Top tips for stress reduction:

1. Be active

A great way to reduce stress is to give yourself the time to think through what the causes are, so being more active has the dual benefits of time and exercise - both excellent stress busters!

Whether it be a simple walk, a quick run, or maybe something more adventurous like kick boxing, being more active does wonders for the brain in letting you work through your thoughts and reducing stress.

Why not try?

Exercise is great for the mind and body, but it can cause havoc on your hands and feet - so how about a warming foot and hand cocoon which is part of the new autumn spa package at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa?

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2. Have some 'me time'

Sometimes work and family life can dominate your attention and very rarely do we set aside a few hours to simply relax and do what we love.

Whether that's watching a film or reading a book curled up on the sofa, it's important to remember the importance of doing what you love.

Why not try?

What better way to have some 'me time' than enjoying a deep muscle massage at The Spa at Slieve Donard?

The 80 minute treatment helps alleviate deep-seated muscular stress or tension in the neck, shoulder or back areas.

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3. Connect with people

Being alone with your thoughts is a great stress reduction technique, but talking to family and friends is also important in helping to keep anxiety at bay.

Simply talking through your troubles will immediately make them seem more manageable and never underestimate the power of laughter with friends.

Why not try?

Getting your friends together for a group spa session.

Personalised facials at the Slieve Donard last 50 minutes in which staff deeply cleanse, exfoliate, and purify your complexion. They also throw in a facial and scalp massage.

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4. Avoid unhealthy habits

It shouldn't come as a surprise that alcohol, nicotine and caffeine are not going to help you cope with stress.

While it's very easy to reach for one of these vices in moments of anxiety, avoiding the temptation in favour of a more beneficial way of coping is the only way to improve your mindset.

Try to keep a healthy and balanced diet. It's not always easy to avoid temptation, but having 'healthier' options within arms reach is one way to start.

Why not try?

A Purifying Poultice Ritual at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.

The treatment is designed to give a revitalising and cleansing effect to the mind and body, by the use of stimulating exfoliation and warm herbal poultices.

This gives heat to muscles and joints at the same time increasing circulation and is followed by a purifying and re-balancing massage.

A soothing compress infused with traditional Thai herbs is also applied to help create an overall feeling of well-being.

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5. Breathing exercises

This is a tried and tested method in which many swear by when it comes to overcoming stressful moments.

And one of many benefits of undertaking breathing techniques is they can be implemented anywhere.

Lie down on your back with your arms places a little away from your sides with your palms facing up and legs straight, breathing in and out slowly with full attention on your movements.

You can also undertake the exercises sitting down, just make sure to place your arms on the chair at either side of you with your feet placed flat on the ground.

Breathing should be pulled in deeply through the nose and out through the mouth.

Why not try?

Breathing exercises are all about finding the relaxation - and where better than during an ocean and earth body wrap at the Slieve Donard Spa?

This treatment purifies the body and deeply nourishes the skin, while also detoxifying and rejuvenating.

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6. Get enough sleep

Another easy but often overlooked way to improve stress is getting enough sleep.

We should be aiming for 7-8 hours every night, and while it's easy to gives reasons why you're too busy, the importance of sleep should never be underestimated.

Why not try?

ESPA Sleep Ritual at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.

This tailor-made experience starts with your therapist guiding you through breathing and visualisation techniques to release physical and emotional anxiety and restore energies.

A relaxing massage follows to release deep-seated muscular tension using a combination of hot stones and warm oil gently poured onto your body, before a soothing scalp massage helps clear your mind and enables you to completely switch-off, ensuring an uninterrupted and blissful night’s sleep.

  • The Spa at Slieve Donard are currently offering a Autumn Restore and Repair Day Spa Experience from £115 per person.. For more information, visit www.hastingshotels.com

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