14 ways to take the stress away Part 1…..
What is Stress?
Stress is your body’s way of responding to a physical or emotional demand. Everyone experiences increased stress levels at one time or another. In fact, the body’s ability to react to stressful situations and deal with threats is critical to our survival. However, when one is under long term stress caused by on-going situations such as work or family problems, financial concerns, etc. the body will be in a constant heighten state – a state which has harmful effects on many bodily systems including the immune system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, reproductive system to name just a few.
“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”
― Steve Maraboli
Some great ways that will help release some of the stress burdens in your life are listed below…….
1 .long hot bath
In ancient times, herbal baths were employed to help the sick, while mineral baths were used for detoxification. Some cultures even believed that bathing offered good luck and protection.
It is unlikely that a doctor today would tell a patient to take a bath for protection, but most physicians do recognize that a hot bath can help you relax and reduce stress. The act of bathing stimulates blood circulation and calms the nervous system. It can also help relieve common aches and pains associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, inflammation, haemorrhoids, muscle pains and spasms. If you have a difficult time sleeping, try taking a bath right before bedtime.
Some bath time tips…
•Aromatherapy (essential oils) is a great way to calm the mind and adds to the therapeutic benefit of a bath. Add 15 drops of eucalyptus to help with a common cold or sinus problems. There are also some great essential oil blends that can be added to bathwater to help your individual needs.
•Bath salts added to bathwater help promote healing for almost any skin condition.
•Herbal baths can be a great way to soothe tension and help promote healthy circulation. There are many great herbal bath blends that you can buy online or at your local health food store. Rosemary and milk thistle make a great herbal detox bath while Roman chamomile and lavender are perfect for relaxation. Pour herbs in a little pouch and soak in bathwater for 30 minutes to feel the stress melt away!
Breathing exercises are one of the biggest stress relieving exercises I use with clients, as well as oxidizing your blood stream, and creating more of a connection to your core, slow diaphragmatic breathing stimulates are parasympathetic nervous system that is known as “rest and digest” system and is the one that helps us calm down.
3. Rise and fall:
Since the beginning of time, as humans we were built to rise and fall with the sun, now more days than not we tend to be stimulated well into the evening, as soon as bright lights hit are retinas it leaves our brain saying, “it must still be daytime” ,keeping us stimulated and are stress hormone elevated, trying to get up earlier and go to bed earlier will lower your stress levels to rise and fall as they should.
4.get a massage
Massage therapy does reduce stress levels. According to The Franklin Institute web site on the human brain and stress, “Massage releases endorphins that calm the peripheral nervous system.” The Mayo Clinic website identifies massage as a valid medical method to reduce stress and pain. It goes on to say, “Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking”
5.take a vacation
According to a recent poll on a popular stress management blog ive been reading, just under half of the working population of Britain, didn’t take a vacation last year. This is crazy!
So you’re working your socks of! Day in day out, and what for? A few extra grey hairs,
well vacation studies have shown many stress relieving symptoms such as: strengthening your bond with a loved one, improved job performance, improved creativity and a 5 day stress free carry over from just a 7 day holiday.
So go take a break and go on holiday!
Tea might not sound the obvious way to relieve stress, but its tried and tested and it works.Obviously not all teas have stress relieving affects , some actually raise are stress hormone, but the general rule I stick to is ,naturally caffeine free and herbal. Below are a couple of the teas I find the most effective:
1) Tulsi tea- ( use about an hour before bed, great for muscle soreness and getting into a relaxed state before bed)
2) Camomile ( very good for calming the nerves and putting you in to a relaxed state)
3) Skull Cap- (especially for muscle soreness, and also irritability women suffer during pms)
4) Lavender- ( very effective for calming the nerves, headaches and anxiety)
7.laugh it off
Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded..
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health
If your one of the many people finding yourself a bit overwhelmed by some sort of stress in your life at present, I know I was and still am occasionally! But since I started to use some of the techniques I have listed above, the feeling of being massively overwhelmed ,stressed out and really a bit down has significantly improved.
Has this helped you?
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Part 2 will be coming next week!
Power Principles Coach
Dax Moy Personal Training