Spring is officially here, which means new life and fresh starts abound!

However, fresh starts also mean fresh responsibilities, and for many people, spring brings its own unique stresses. Perhaps you’re worried about getting your body looking the way you want for beachy weather this summer. Maybe you’re beginning to feel the pressure of your annual spring cleaning hanging over your head. You may be taking on more responsibilities at work as you enter the busy season. If you have school-aged children, then you’re probably starting to think about planning out their summer care.

No matter the type of stress you are facing, you should know that there are options for relief. At Radiance Day Spa, we know the value of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, and we want to provide you with the best possible resources to combat stress in your daily life. Read on for our favorite tips, and if you decide you’d like to book a treatment with us in Sioux Falls, give us a call today.

1. Exercise Regularly

It has been well-documented that exercising regularly is one of the single best things you can do to lower your stress. Routine exercise reduces your body’s levels of cortisol, a major stress hormone, and releases endorphins, the mood-boosting chemicals that make your body and mind feel light and clear.

Regular exercise also improves your sleep quality, breaking the vicious cycle of stressful days leading to restless nights leading to stressful days.

Find an activity you love and then stick to it several times a week. The satisfaction of staying active and the physical health benefits of routine exercise will do wonders for your stress.

2. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Although the idea of “mindfulness” might seem a bit too new-agey to convince some, the health benefits of meditation and other mindfulness practices are increasingly backed up by science. At its core, mindfulness is about mental discipline. Like any other kind of discipline, it takes practice and patience. But with diligence, you can teach yourself to release negative thoughts and combat anxiety and stress from within.

We encourage you to do some research to find a mindfulness practice that appeals to you, whether that means taking a yoga class a few nights a week or spending 10 minutes in the morning practicing meditation.

3. Make Time for Your Passion

We understand that often, stress is intensified because you feel you do not have time to do the things you love. Balance is important, and if you’ve been spending too much time doing the things you have to instead of the things you want to, it’s no wonder you are feeling stressed!

We encourage you to make space in your schedule for yourself. Set aside that time explicitly for you, to do with as you please, whether that means reading a book, going for a hike, or simply sitting and enjoying half an hour of empty time. When that time has been budgeted just for that purpose, you won’t have to feel like there is anything hanging over your head. Because of this, you can experience true relaxation, unlike during those moments of procrastination or stolen minutes between obligations. Enjoy it, breathe, and then move along with your daily schedule feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

4. Book a Massage

Although many people see booking a massage treatment at a spa as an indulgence or a special treat, regular massage therapy is extremely effective at combating stress and keeping your mind and body healthy. Massage is a scientifically supported treatment for anxiety and stress reduction. If you’ve had a massage, this may seem like common sense. Most people leave the massage table feeling refreshed and relaxed in mind and body alike.

At Radiance Day Spa, we offer a variety of massage treatments. Our Swedish massage is ideal for full-body relaxation, and our deep tissue massage is designed to release muscle tension and totally refresh your body. Try a hot stone massage for a unique experience that will soothe the mind and wash tension away. We also offer specialized massage services for couples and expectant mothers.

If you have questions about how to reduce the stress in your life, would like to book a relaxing massage treatment, or want to learn more about finding a spa package for you, please contact our Sioux Falls spa today. We are ready to help you relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize your body, mind, and spirit.