8 Interesting Things We Learnt About Stress

8 Interesting Things We Learnt About Stress


1. Stress Can Mess With You Looks and Beauty

Too much stress can cause acne, brittle nails or even hair loss. So, while you take efforts to work on your looks, just pause and observe closely if any of the beauty disasters you have been battling lately are signalling the need to de-stress. Here are six ways too much mental tension and stress can mess with your beauty and looks.

2. Work-Stress Can Increase Risk Of Brain Stroke

This is the conclusion of a 2015 study conducted by Chinese researchers from the department of cardiology at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou. The study reported that people with high job stress were 58% more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain -an ischemic stroke.

3. Being With Friends is a Great Way To Relive Stress

Researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands revealed this interesting information that your best buddy can be your stress-busters.

4. We Feel More Physical Pain When Stressed Mentally

Recently a team of researchers from University in Israel reported that psychological stress can actually reduce our ability to cope with pain. when we are mentally stressed, the brain loses its ability to filter the pain signals and conversely the pain can be increased.

5. Technology is Partly Responsible For Increasing Stress

Research suggests that too much availability of technology and gadgets can actually increase our stress levels by forcing us to stay connected and work beyond work times. Are you suffering from Techno Stress, A New Bug That is Eating up Your Peace of Mind? Here are few tips that may benefit you.

6. Smoking Cigarette Does Not Relieve Stress

People have this misbelief that smoking has a calming effect that helps to relieve mental tension and stress. However, scientific studies totally disprove of stress management capability of smoking. In fact, nicotine present in the cigarette actually increases level of stress. The temporary stress relief that you get after a smoke is merely due to psychological reasons or distractions. Here are some healthy ways to be stress free at work 

7. Money, Self-Pressure and Lack of Sleep Are the Top 3 Causes of Stress

This was revealed through a global study that involved nearly 27,000 consumers from all over the world who took an online survey and reported the reason for their stress. Take a look at this latest statistics

10 Smart Ways to Be Stress-Free At Work

10 Smart Ways to Be Stress-Free At Work

Do you ever take a pause in your busy schedule and think if you really like the job you are doing? If you give it a serious thought, you may realize that it’s not about the work at all. All the grumbling, complaints and stress that you have in your job could be merely due to your lifestyle and working style. It might be true that once you are at work you really enjoy your job, but the travelling conditions, unorganized work style or your inability to manage time could be making your job very stressful for you.
Here we have listed down few simple lifestyle changes that can help you manage work related stress and make your life at work really stress-free.


1. Listen to Music On The Way to Work


If you have a long commute to work and travel in car, bus or train, you can tune in to some nice soothing music. Research suggests that music can be regarded as therapy and can have its effects on mental health to improve our mood. Here are 4 Surprising Health Benefits of Music


2. Use Essential Oils At Workplace


Work related stress has become a burning topic and many experts are constantly searching for best strategies to manage it. Using essential oils in the workplace is one the effective approaches to reduce work related stress. There are several ways in which you can get the benefits of Aromatherapy in your office. You can use an essential oil diffuser on your desk, keep a small bottle for your personal use, or spray the air with essential oils and water.

Try Aromatherapy Massage at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa to get over work related stress


3. Sit Upright in Your Chair


Wrong posture of sitting such as slouching while working on computer is associated with neck, shoulder and back pain. Did you know that occupations that require sitting for a long time, have the highest prevalence of back pain? If your job involves sitting in front of computer for a long time make sure to adjust the monitor to your eye level and keep your hands close to the body while using keyboard. To prevent the hazardous effect of prolonged immobility, all you need to do is get up and move around. Make it a habit to get up after every 30 minutes or an hour, and move for at least 2 to 3 minutes.

Try Head-Neck-Shoulder Massage to reduce your stress related pain.


4. Choose Fruits Juice Over Coffee

You might be having several stressful moments at work, when everyone wants something from you urgently. And, this definitely calls for a cup of coffee. If this happens repeatedly, do you keep asking for coffee frequently? Coffee does stimulate your brain but according to experts more than 4 cups of coffee per day is hazardous to health. Bring in some healthy changes in your lifestyle by replacing coffee with water or fruit juice.


5. Put a Desktop Reminder to Drink Water


Ask yourself how many glasses of water do you drink in a day? You cannot really recollect. In fact, some people actually forget to drink water. Water is essential to keep the body temperature normal. It also helps to flush out the toxins and wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movement. Research reveals that dehydration can affect brain and cause lack of attention and memory problems.


6. Park Your Car Away From Your Workplace

With the busy work schedules it may be difficult at times to hit the gym or go for walk before going to work. But, what if we fit physical activity in the work schedule itself? If you look closely there are number of opportunities for some activity in your daily work schedule. One smart way is to park your car at some distance and walk few miles rather than simply stepping out of car into the elevator. So, now stop struggling to get the parking slot closest to the elevator.


7. Take the Staircase Instead of Elevator

Climbing stairs is a recognized form of vigorous physical activity. Experts suggest that you burn 7 times more calories when you take the stairs rather than taking the elevator. This happens because with every step you climb you burn about 0.17 calories. However, if you have problems with your knee or heart, climbing stairs every day can be unsafe for you.


8. Stand When Possible

Majority of office goers sit for nearly 6 hours in a day. Research has shown that cumulative impact of sitting all day for years is associated with a range of health problems, from obesity to diabetes to cancer. Although not possible in all workplaces, the popularity of the sit-stand desk and stand up workstation is booming. If you cannot have a stand up workstation, make sure you split your standing and sitting time equally. Make sure to stand while you discuss work with colleague or when you talk on cell phone.


9. Eat Foods That Lower Your Stress


It’s natural to get stressed when you see work piling up in front of you. But, craving and eating food to overcome your work related stress is not a healthy solution. Research has found that in stressful situation we tend to crave for fatty, sugary, calorie-rich food because it’s not about physical hunger at all, it’s about the comfort we get through food. You must choose some healthy foods that satisfy your hunger as well as overcome your stress. Here are 5 foods that can reduce your stress Keep them handy when at work.


10. Do Some Desk Exercises

Exercise is a proven and effective means of reducing work related stress. But, how can you do any physical activity amidst your daily busy schedule? We are surely not referring to any vigorous activity. Instead you can do simple desk exercises as given below.
• Stretch one or both the legs and hold it for few seconds before getting back to ground. Repeat this few times
• Try the neck stretch by touching your ears to shoulders and holding for few seconds
• Stretch both your arms backwards as if you are trying to hold a pen between your hands
• To prevent wrist pain due to keyboard use, place your palms on desk and lower your body till you feel the stretch in your arms

Four Fountains De-Stress Spa conducts De-stress camps at corporate offices during which, the employees can get a relaxing and de-stressing Foot Reflexology Massage. Know more about our corporate wellness initiatives.

6 Essential Oils For Maintaining Oily Skin

6 Essential Oils For Maintaining Oily Skin

Skin care during summer can be challenging. The rising temperatures and humid weather accelerates the production of sebum from skin. Summer season can thus give hard time for those who have an oily skin type. But, you can maintain oily skin very well if you know the right ingredients to choose from.

Here are six natural ingredients that can actually reduce the skins oiliness. And, interesting part is these ingredients are oils themselves. Strange isn’t it? Let’s find out how some essential oils can reduce the oil production from skin.


Geranium Oil


The essential oil of Geranium is extracted from the stems and leaves of the Geranium plant Pelargonium odorantissimum. Geranium oil shows effective astringent action and also helps to prevent skin from sagging. The oil is known to balance the sebum production of skin and is thus beneficial for those with oily skin.

Try Rejuvenating Facial that contains the goodness of Geranium and Lavender.


Grape Seed Oil


As the name suggests, grape seed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes. Grape seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds present in this oil make it suitable for oily skin type. This oil acts as an astringent that helps to tighten the skin and reduce the pores, thus reducing clogging and chances of developing acne.


Neroli Oil


Neroli oil is extracted from the flowers of Citrus Aurantium. This oil works as an effective toner and skin cleanser. The oil shows antiseptic properties that balance the oil production and reduce the appearance of pores without drying skin. Neroli oil thus proves to be a perfect solution for oily skin type.

Try Hydrating Facial that contains the goodness of Lavender and Neroli


Lime Oil


Lime oil is obtained from Citrus aurantifolia. Lime oil shows effective astringent properties and helps to clear excess oil from the skin. This is especially beneficial in oily skin type to prevent acne.


Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is one of the most popular essential oils with health benefits. This oil is obtained from the fresh flowering tops of a shrubby evergreen bush Rosmarinus officinalis. The oil shows astringent action and is also effective for countering sagging skin. Because of its extensive astringent and antiseptic properties regular massage with Rosemary oil helps in toning the skin and preventing acne in oily skin. It also gives skin a healthy glow by balancing out skin’s oil content.


Lavender Oil


Lavender oil is obtained from flowers of Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis. Lavender is known for its antiseptic properties and is therefore helpful in treating acne.

Try Healing Facial that contains the goodness of lavender and almond

5 Fragrances That Can Impact Your Body and Mind

5 Fragrances That Can Impact Your Body and Mind


Fresh Lemon, Musk, Spicy Cinnamon, Tuberose and more! Can you name your favorite fragrance? Many of us would be able to reply instantly. Some may have to take a while to decide which should be chosen as the best. But, great fragrance surely is a mood lifter. Have you had a moment when you could co-relate a particular smell to a certain event in your life and wonder why? This happens because smell can evoke strong emotional reactions. The olfactory neurons from nose that sense smell have a direct link to the brain structures that determine our emotions. Therefore, there is a strong neurological basis for why certain fragrances trigger our emotions. This mechanism forms the basis for Aromatherapy Massage that uses various aromatic oils to heal health ailments. Here we have listed 5 fragrances that have strong impact on our body and mind.



Lavender oil is obtained from flowers of Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis. The plant name has its origin in latin term Lavare, which means “to wash”. Lavender oil is used commonly for its fresh and sweet fragrance in preparation such as soaps, shampoos, bathing oils, perfumes etc. Lavender essential oil is believed to be effective in treating stress, anxiety, headaches, migraines, sleep problems, depression, and many other illnesses. Clinical studies provide evidence that lavender oil can effectively reduce the state of anxiety and provide mental calmness. Try Aromatherapy Massage performed using French Lavender to manage your anxiety



Ylang-Ylang essential oil is extracted from flowers of Cananga odorata. It has an excellent and fascinating fragrance. This essential oil is used commonly in cosmetics, fragrances and perfumes. Studies suggest that Ylang-Ylang oil can cause significant mental calmness and relaxation. The Ylang-Ylang oil has also been reported to decrease blood pressure. One study reported that aromatherapy using essential oils such as Ylang-Ylang and lavender caused decreased in stress hormone cortisol.



Lemon essential oil is extracted from the Citrus limonum (also known as Citrus Limon). Research suggests that lemon oil can effectively reduce anxiety and depression. The lemon essential oil has also been reported to improve impaired memory.




Spearmint oil is extracted from Mentha spicata. It is mainly used as an antimicrobial agent. However, due to its menthol content, it also helps to relax nerves and muscle spasms.



Bergamot oil is obtained from tree Citrus aurantium var. bergamia. The oil is used commonly to treat some skin conditions due to its anti-bacterial properties. Some experts believe that Aromatherapy Massage using Bergamot Oil can help reducing symptoms of anxiety. In one study, researchers found that topical application of lavender and bergamot oils resulted in reduction of blood pressure, and also caused mental calmness and relaxation.



Clove oil is obtained from an aromatic herb Syzygium aromaticum. Since it is a very potent oil, it is usually blended with other essentials oils to use in aromatherapy. When used externally on the body clove oil can relieve muscle and joint pain. It is also thought to be useful in treatment of muscle cramps and soreness of muscles. Try our Signature Green Tea Scrubassage that uses a special blend of clove and green tea leaves.

Each essential oil and aroma has a different significance. Therefore, Four Fountain De-Stress Spa offers Aromatherapy Massage using different aromatic oils for treating Anxiety, Fatigue and Skin Problems. Click here to check the details of each therapy.

5 Beauty Disasters You Suffer Due to Stress

5 Beauty Disasters You Suffer Due to Stress


Being under too much stress can eventually take a toll on your health. Stress has been co-related to several physical and mental health problems. But did you know that stress can also lead to problems, such as acne, brittle nails or even hair loss?
Modern work culture demands a presentable physical appearance at workplaces. This is the possible reason many young professionals are very careful about their looks. So, while you take efforts to work on your looks, just pause for a while and observe closely if any of the beauty disasters you have been battling lately are signaling the need to de-stress.

Here are six ways too much stress can mess with your beauty and looks.


Hair Fall


At times we casually curse the weather or even our shampoo for our messed up mane, but little do we care to blame our stressful lifestyle. When we are under too much stress, a large number of hair follicles go into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hair starts to fall out suddenly on simply combing or washing the hair. This could happen as the body simply shuts down production of hair during periods of stress as it is not necessary for survival.



Imagine an embarrassing moment when an office colleague stares at the white flakes fallen on your clothes! Dandruff is a common complaint and is suffered by as many as 50 percent of the population at some time during their life. It causes significant discomfort due to itching in the scalp. Experts suggest that too much stress is one the most common factors that aggravate scalp itchiness and dandruff.




According to scientists higher levels of sebum (oil) produced during stressful times could be responsible for acne flare-ups. In one study nearly 67 percent of final year medicine students reported acne flare-ups due to increased stress of examinations. Several studies have shown that psychological stress can alter the immune functions of the skin and thus be responsible for acne production. Fight acne with healing facial


Skin Problems


Too much stress causes increase in the level of the body’s stress hormone (cortisol). This in turn causes an increase in oil production, which can lead to oily skin and other related skin problems. Facial is one of best ways to nourish your skin. Try a Facial that suits your skin type


Nail Chipping

Stress is associated with brittle and peeling nails. Many people also develop nail biting as a stress-relieving habit. Nail-biting is one of the nervous-habits, which surely is embarrassing when done in public or at workplaces. In extreme cases nail-biting habits can cause injuries to surrounding tissues.




As we age, our skin loses its moisture and becomes dry. A change in the lower dermal layers of skin also causes wrinkles to appear. However, stressful lifestyle makes many people look much older than their actual age. Stressful lifestyle along with factors such as poor diet, inadequate sleep, smoking etc. speeds up the process of ageing with some distinct signs of skin ageing including wrinkles. Try our Age-Reversal programme to correct signs of skin ageing