Ways to relieve stress and anxiety
- Consider supplements
- Light a candle
- Reduce your caffeine intake
- Write it down
- Chew gum
- Spend time with friends and family
- Learn to say no
- Learn to avoid procrastination
- Take a yoga class
- Practice mindfulness
- Cuddle (Positive touch from cuddles, hugs, kisses, and sex helps to lower stress as these acts release oxytocin and lowers blood pressure)
- Listening to calm music
- Deep breaths
- Time with pets or animals
One of the most remarkable ways to deal with stress is by getting a massage. Either by a handheld massager or a massage chair, on a professional masseur’s table, or with a massage friend, it is a phenomenal means to soothe your body and melt away the stress of the day.
Massage therapy increases endorphin levels – conceivably the most valuable aspect of massage. Endorphins are the feel-good chemicals that run through the body, increasing their levels, inducing positive results. Among other benefits, increasing endorphin levels has been associated with swifter recovery, reduced pain, and reduced anxiety.
Of course, not everyone has access or the number of resources to go to a masseuse. One solution may be to look into massage chairs as an alternative therapy that could save time and money over the long haul. A good massage chair should be designed to provide some measure of pain relief and relaxation without the need for person-to-person interaction. Some people would agree that opting to go with a massage chair as a potential means to ease their chronic pain/stress allows the user to get a massage in the privacy of their home, on their time, and on their specific schedule.
The right massage chair can provide immediate relief to help combat the physiological side effect of stress by assisting the body to relax, which alleviates mental pressure and stress. In addition, the chairs boost the immune system, helping the body fight against impurities and diseases. The benefits can be life-changing and immensely improve the quality of life for patients, making massage chairs a viable aspect of personal therapy.
Top Foods to Calm Stress
- Dark chocolate
- Granola (or other carbs that will prompt the brain to start producing serotonin)
How can I reduce stress in my home?
- Sell you to you (why you are worth it!)
- Deep breathing exercises
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Mental imagery relaxation
- Relaxation to music
- Counseling (to recognize and release stress)
How to Create a Stress-Free Zone
- Create a room dedicated to relaxing
- Do simple daily tasks
- Declutter your home
- Houseplants, flowers, and indoor greenery throughout home
- Unplug electronics when not in use
- Use calming colors in rooms
Symptoms of Stress
Recognizing the signs while experiencing stress is the first step toward managing it. Below are some symptoms associated with stress:
Rapid breathing, fast heartbeat, headaches, light-headedness, sweaty palms, dry mouth, trouble sleeping or concentrating, and stomachaches.
Crying spells or feeling unable to cope, nightmares, anxiety, and depression.
Significant increase in alcohol or drug use, lack of energy, social isolation, irritability, loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, aggression, impatience, boredom, anger, changes in appetite, and lowered sex drive.
Tips to Make the Home a Sanctuary for Calmness
If there is any mistreatment by anyone within the home, one should speak up, set healthy boundaries, and respectfully express precisely what is troubling. This practice strengthens self-esteem while simultaneously lowering stress levels.
Slim down your schedule
Avoid taking on too many projects or commitments at once. Instead, learn how to say “no.”
Select a stress-management activity
Incorporate a relaxing activity into the daily schedule such as meditating, yoga, gardening, etc.
Financial pressures are, for a lot of folks, a significant source of stress. Ideas for action could be to increase a savings plan, explore new ways of income, creating a budget, and sticking to it.
Accept what cannot be controlled
Many situations in life are simply just out of our control, and if we fail to recognize these situations, stress will most certainly rise to high levels. Learning which situations these are will help increase productivity and lessen the overwhelming feelings of being out of control.
Be around supportive people
Consider your “inner circle” to be a source of solace, not stress. If this is not the case, it may be time to reconsider who belongs in your circle.
An organized home along with feasible, priority-based home to-do lists will bring a sense of control, thus reducing stress. Also helpful is to place items love phones, glasses or keys in the same spot to avoid being frazzled before leaving home
Make time for fun
Simple activities can make for a home immersed in joy, not stress. Consider simple but fun activities such as going to the park for a walk or swing, read to a child or an elderly person, play with pets, make a meal with family or friends.
Creating personal spaces
It is vital for all of us to have a personal space all our own where we can spend time away from others, anywhere, which enables relaxation and quiets overwhelming thoughts.
Infuse your home with calm
Integrate natural elements such as stone, wood, and plants. Paint walls in cool, calming colors along with soothing lighting by using lamps with dimmer switches.
Medical Advice Disclaimer
Talk to a healthcare provider first before considering massage or any of these suggested techniques for stress; ask about the number of treatments that might be needed, the cost and type, and the insurance coverage, if any. Despite its benefits, massage is not meant to replace regular medical care, and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans already in place.