Treat Yourself to a Foot Massage
It's not the glossy lacquer of a pedicure that puts us in a pleasant frame of mind; rather it's the caressing of the digits. The health benefits of massage therapy that have been shown in countless studies include reducing blood pressure, and easing anxiety. In a 1996 study at the University of Miami's Touch Research Institute, 26 subjects received a massage in a chair twice a week while another 24 people were told just to relax in their chairs for 15 minutes. After five weeks, the massaged subjects scored significantly lower on tests for depression and job stress.