The Ul­ti­mate Stress Re­lief

The find­ings of fi­nan­cial news com­pany Bloomberg are wor­ry­ing: South Africa is the sec­ond most stressed coun­try in the world. And the fact that half of South Africans do not take their an­nual leave – as re­ported in a global sur­vey by Ip­sos and Reuters – i

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“Stud­ies have shown that prox­im­ity to the ocean can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on one’s stress lev­els,” says Grant Sand­ham, Group Sales & Mar­ket­ing Man­ager of Premier Ho­tels & Re­sorts. “For ex­am­ple, re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Ex­eter’s Euro­pean Cen­tre for the En­vi­ron­ment and Hu­man Health have found that the sea­side sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces stress, with one of the rea­sons cited that it en­cour­ages phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity – a proven stress-man­age­ment strat­egy.

“This may also be due to the ocean’s sound, which a Stan­ford Univer­sity neu­ro­sci­en­tist says peo­ple find calm­ing be­cause of its reg­u­lar wave pat­terns. An­other pos­si­ble rea­son found by the neu­ro­sci­en­tist is that it in­duces a mild

med­i­ta­tive state that height­ens aware­ness of one’s sur­round­ings and emo­tions,” Sand­ham adds.

South Africans can find out for them­selves why the ocean is such an ef­fec­tive stress-re­liever, as Premier Ho­tels & Re­sorts of­fers nine beach­side prop­er­ties, cater­ing to all pock­ets, in the coun­try’s coastal re­gions.

In KwaZulu-Na­tal, they can un­wind by the warm waters of the In­dian Ocean at prop­er­ties like Splen­did Inn Pine­town, Premier Ho­tel The Richards (Richards Bay), Splen­did Inn Bayshore, or Splen­did Inn Port Ed­ward. While in the West­ern Cape, they can mel­low out at Premier Re­sort The Moor­ings (Knysna) on the banks of the la­goon, or en­joy the tran­quil­lity of the At­lantic’s waves from Premier Ho­tel Cape Town. In the East­ern Cape, those stay­ing at Premier Ho­tel East Lon­don ICC, Premier Ho­tel Re­gent or Splen­did Inn King David, can de-stress while en­joy­ing the ocean spray from the East Lon­don Es­planade.

“Stress can have a neg­a­tive im­pact both on your body and your be­hav­iour. Non-profit med­i­cal prac­tice and re­search group, the Mayo Clinic, states clearly that stress can lead to health prob­lems such as high blood pres­sure, heart dis­ease, obe­sity and di­a­betes, as well as anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and sub­stance abuse,” says Sand­ham. “With 2017 hav­ing been es­pe­cially stress­ful for South Africans, given our cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, it is im­por­tant for our health and well­be­ing that we take a well-de­served break to re­lax and recharge”.

Visit www.pre­mier­ho­tels.co.za for more in­for­ma­tion.

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