11 Tips to Help You Relieve Stress
Stress is a word we’re all familiar with. Whether it’s work, school, finances or any other difficult circumstances, we’ve all had to manage stress from one time to the other As it’s well known, some of us suffer from stress more than others. We’ve heard of patients who are burdened with financial woes and can shake it off like nothing’s wrong. But for the rest of us mere mortals, it seems that our stress can contribute to insomnia, weight gain, wrinkles. In extreme cases, it can contribute more serious issues like heart disease, diabetes, and many others. So what can we do to decrease our stress in these fast pace times? Today, we will discuss 11 tips to help with stress.
- We tend to overthink things, one idea we suggest is to go over what you have control over and what you don’t. By practicing this exercise you can focus on what you can fix and not worry too much about what you can’t control.
- Give yourself 20 minutes a day of alone time to meditate. This works wonders for you, you can do deep breathing or just meditation techniques.
- Get a massage, yes! A massage is a great way to loosen yourself up. Massages tend to relieve stress from the feet, shoulders, head, and neck. When we’re stressed, we carry tension to these areas and a good massage will release it. Ask your significant other or friend to trade massages with you if you want to save money, just practice safety.
- Get your workout on. Exercising regularly to relieve stress is one of the best and most well-known ways to relieve stress. When we engage in physical exercise, our bodies release endorphins, feel-good chemicals that make your brain feel good.
- Get in the pool or go to the beach! A study in International Journal of Stress Management said floating in the water helps lower stress-hormone levels. Not to mention, a sunny day will just add to the state of relaxation.
- Cupping therapy is another way to release stress, the way that the sessions are set up in wellness clinics such as here at Dr. David Sontag’s wellness clinic will let you relax in a quiet setting and let the blood flow freely throughout your body.
- Eat a healthier diet lower in sugar and unhealthy fats. In this cycle of up and down, you come crashing down and in return become less productive throughout the day. Also gaining too much weight will make you obese, bringing in more stress to your life. You can start slow by eliminating soft drinks and adding veggies to your lunches. Become more accountable by tracking your calories with apps like My Fitness Pal. The more accountable you become with your diet, the less stress you will see.
- A couple wine glasses here and there can reduce my stress as well. In moderation of course, not all out binge drinking. A compound called resveratrol found in red wine shows to relieve you of stress.
- Try to not take life so seriously and enjoy your time in this world. More likely, the thing that’s causing you to stress today won’t be an issue next year.
- Get a full 8 hours of sleep every day, make sure you don’t eat heavy 2 hours before going to bed so you don’t have trouble sleeping.
Don’t forget, acupuncture can relieve stress as well.
In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, we insert small needles that improve and promote the flow of your (Qi) which translates to life force or life energy. In TCM when the flow of your energy becomes unbalance illness like stress come to us. With acupuncture, we can treat stress and make your energy flow again.
There has always being a lack of biological proof of Acupuncture’s effectiveness. Basically, people feel the results when they get treated with acupuncture. But for westerners it has been hard to find solid evidence. We are gaining more insight by the day.
Time did an article on a research done on rats to see if their stress levels went down after administered acupuncture and it worked. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that “evidence for the use of acupuncture . . . to treat anxiety disorders is becoming stronger.”