SELF-CARE MOVES WITH HEALTH BENEFITS

(Health) These feel good practices not only improve your mood but also have big body payoffs.

Aromatherapy
Sniffing certain essential oils, like citrus, may help lift your mood and decrease anxiety, studies suggest. Another trick: Inhaling the steam from a few drops of eucalyptus oil boiled in water may help open airways if you're congested from a cold.

Yoga
Even basic, gentle, restorative yoga can help reduce inflammation in the body. What's more, the mind-body movement may help strengthen memory and slow cognitive decline, a UCKA study found.

Massage
Regular rubdowns have been shown in a number of studies to relieve headache pain, ease anxiety, and even assist with stress and pain-related insomnia.

A hot bath
Kicking back in a warm tub for 20 minutes can help relax your muscles and mind. You can also add 2 cups of Epsom salt (find it at the drugstore), which may help ease muscle tension and pain. Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulfate; the thinking is that it gets absorbed through your skin. This hasn't been definitively proved, but it's safe to try.

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