SELF-CARE MOVES WITH HEALTH BENEFITS
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.
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.
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.