Relaxation… at the Spa
This month I was going to write about relaxation techniques and the benefits of going to a spa. And then I saw a movie, which surprised me so much, that it made me realize people need to find a way to get through life and perhaps, through this phase called retirement.
The movie I saw is called “Prozac Nation” based on the 1997 book by Elizabeth Wurtzel. In it, the difficulties of adjusting to college life are explored and the use of Prozac, to get through the roughest, are featured. At the end of the movie, it stated that 300,000,000 prescriptions are written for Prozac every year! Considering that the U.S. population is just slightly over 300 million, that number is staggering.
One message was clear. There are times when people need help. There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help if one feels depressed. From there, the best course of treatment options will be explored. Norman Cousins stated, “The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patientÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢s hopes are the physicianÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.”
Is there anything we can do to avoid becoming an anti-depressant nation? Does it now seem frivolous and superficial to suggest a spa can be a cure-all? I think it means that everyone has to find a way that works for them. Be it a massage, yoga, tai Chi or the luxury of feeling pampered, there are long-term benefits in finding ways to relax and enjoy life.
Just as Elizabeth Wurtzel found difficulty in adjusting to college life, retirement can also be a time of adjustment. There are many positive outlets one can explore to make the most of every precious day we have. You have heard it a million times-life is not a dress rehearsal, so find a way to enjoy it, not just get through it.
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