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My One-Hour Timeout Challenge

How I Managed a Self-Care Break in the Middle of My Work Day

When I was a kid, being sent to timeout was not a good thing. But as an adult, I wouldn’t mind sitting alone in a corner or being sent to my room, if it meant I could have a little downtime to myself! Forced peace and quiet? Yes, please. As women, we are constantly putting out fires, checking off to-do lists, making sure this thing or that thing gets done, and even redoing things when they aren’t done correctly by someone else (ahem, men)! We can frequently find ourselves drained of physical and mental energy. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to unplug, because we either feel guilty or don’t think we have the time or resources. At least, that’s how I feel, and often! I decided to challenge my thinking and put a one-hour meeting in my calendar with myself, at the new Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa at Cornerstone of Centerville.


Scheduling a massage during my usual lunch break was just what I needed to take my mind off of the outside world, yet still have time for a productive (and less stressed) workday. I also learned a few tips from Hand & Stone’s talented staff on how to practice better self-care at home:

+WARM TOWEL WITH ESSENTIAL OILS. Simply place over your eyes or around your neck, for an effective way to unwind. Wet a towel, add a few drops of essential oils, roll up and warm in the microwave for a few seconds. 

+AT-HOME FOOT TREATMENTS. Purchase or use DIY sugar scrub. Apply, then wrap your foot in a warmed towel. Massage before rinsing scrub off and apply moisturizer.

+EPSOM SALT BATHS. Take between treatments. They help keep muscles relaxed and are also a really great way to detox the body.


Spa memberships will help you keep up the “one-hour timeout” at least once a month. There are no contracts; and if you miss, you can roll a service over.


Upgrade your service, and the therapist will use heated Himalayan salt stones as an extension of their hands during the massage, putting 84 minerals back into your body.

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