The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.
GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.
With chilly weather approaching, nothing sounds better than warming up in a steamy bath. Aside from being one of life's simple pleasures, baths have numerous health benefits that can turn a quick cleanse into a relaxing ritual. Take a look at the slideshow below of the wellness benefits of a good bath. Next time you jump in the shower, consider swapping it for a mindful soak instead!
...Boost Brain Power
Soaking in warm water with essential oils can do wonders for your body <em>and</em> your mind. Using sage oil can <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/09/030901091846.htm" target="_blank">sharpen your memory</a>, calm your mind and act as a natural <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/aromatherapy/aromatherapy-clarysage.htm" target="_blank">mood-booster</a>.
Warm baths are the perfect way to unwind. For an extra calming effect, try adding in eucalyptus or lavender essential oils, which have been <a href="http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?article=289" target="_blank">proven to help reduce stress</a>.
Taking a bath is a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/natural-sleep-aids_n_3882229.html" target="_blank">natural way to induce sleep</a>. Relaxing in a warm tub slowly increases your body's temperature. When you hop out and it returns to a cooler state, your brain releases melatonin, triggering bedtime.
...Fight Cold Symptoms
Can't stop sniffling? A warm bath may be a good tool to help relieve your symptoms. <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/cold-remedies?page=2" target="_blank">Steam from the water</a> can help moisturize nasal passages, help with dizziness and relax achy muscles.
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