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Tips for turning your cruise into a wellness retreat

A cruise isn't just a chance to go on an exciting vacation - it's also an opportunity to reboot your body and spirit. Viewing your upcoming cruise as not only a fun getaway but a mindfulness retreat can help you deepen your level of relaxation and rejuvenation when you return home.

Here are some tips for boosting your zen while on your cruise:

1. Take a technology detox

According to new research from the American Psychological Association, four out of five adults say they constantly check their phones and social media accounts. Even more concerning is that the research shows that these so-called "constant checkers" report higher stress levels than their less-plugged-in counterparts. While on your trip, regulate your smartphone usage to only the essential calls, and save checking work emails until you return home.

2. Detox your body

While you're detoxing from technology, take the time to also detox your body. Add the ELEMIS Cellutox Herbal Bath Synergy to your spa soaks to help combat the build-up of toxins, and follow-up your soak with the ELEMIS Cellutox Active Body Oil. Detox with the ELEMIS Cellutox Active Body Oil - shop now at timetospa.com.

3. Keep a gratitude journal

Keeping a journal during your cruise can help you get in touch with your needs, desires and ambitions - and these insights can help you find serenity in your daily life when you get back from your trip. Establish a time to write in your journal - before breakfast or bed, perhaps - and write down what you are thankful for and the experiences you're enjoying during your cruise.

4. Use aromatherapy to wind down

End the day in total relaxation with the help of aromatherapy. Shower creams, lotions and oils infused with exotic ingredients and herbal essences can help you unwind luxuriously, such as the heavenly-scented ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Body Oil.

Commit yourself to serenity and reflection during your cruise, and enjoy a soul-boosting vacation!