Family Friday: A Mom's Holiday Stress-Busters

Second Friday of the month:  Motherhood / Women's health

Are you feeling the Christmas rush? I do. As of this writing, I'm not even half way done with my gift shopping -- I used to be done by mid-November! Anyhow, I am dedicating this post to all the hardworking bodies out there who are feeling the pressure and stress while preparing for the holidays. 

This goes out to the wives and moms who decorate the home, prepare the meals, attend school programs, host parties, buy, and wrap all the presents! Whew! Are you feeling it now? =)

Here are a few of my stress-busting guilty pleasures, from head to toe:

Have a good cleansing facial.
I can't recall the last time I underwent a facial treatment.  I was still a single working girl then (which was eons ago).  Yesterday, I finally had one.
(Images above from Dermalogica website)
This was a complimentary facial at Dermalogica -- part of the perks from the Longchamp Citi-Rustan's credit card promo I availed last year.  Good thing I found the voucher before it expires next week, so I decided that it's now or never. I even got lots of samplers after the treatment!  Try their Classical Facial for only PhP900!
Basic facial with Face Mapping at Dermalogica, Shangri-la Mall - call (632) 637-1714

De-stress with a relaxing full body massage.
My most recent pampering was a prize I won from the promo of Pevonia Botanica and Miss-match.com!  Am I lucky or what!?  A few weeks ago, my friend and I were treated to a Crystalline Skin Treatment at The Spa -- full body scrub and Swedish massage that was completely invigorating!
Whether it's Thai, aromatherapy, Swedish or Shiatsu, a head-to-toe massage is always a winner.
At The Spa, ready for a full body scrub and massage

Healthy feet, healthy body.
Our feet bears all the body's weight and features reflex zones connected to our bodies. I highly recommend getting a foot massage and manicure/pedicure or a rejuvenating foot reflexology. Doing this not only benefits our overall health, but also prettifies our feet when finished with a really nice polish!
Preparing for our foot reflexology treatment at The Relex Zone
Call for home service, go to your favorite salon or foot treatment center to give those tired feet and legs a respite.
Finishing off my food scrub with a pedicure from Cozy Nail Lounge

Feed the mind...and body. 
Aside from Sunday family lunches at my mother's house, what I look forward to every month is my dinner with my girl friends, and impromptu meet-ups with online gal pals.
Nothing beats a good meal with great conversations, in the company of wonderful friends!

How do you unwind and relax after work (and gift shopping!)?
What do you do to de-stress during the holiday season? 

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