6 Relaxing Tricks to Relieve Stress and Improve Your Health

March 07, 2018

6 Relaxing Tricks to Relieve Stress and Improve Your Health

Stress is extremely common, yet it is very harmful to health. Whenever you are stressed, your body produces spikes of cortisol, a hormone that raises blood pressure to dangerous levels. Instead of trying to ignore your stress, use this advice to lower your overall stress levels.

Take Meditation Breaks

Just five minutes of focused, deep breathing can help with stress reduction. It works because calm, even breaths convince the body that it is not in any danger. Each day, take a few moments to calm down, to focus on your body and your breathing, and let the worries in your mind ebb away.

Get More Sleep

The adult brain needs at least seven and a half hours of sleep each day to function properly. To improve the quality of your sleep, make sure to sleep in a quiet, dark room, to avoid caffeine six hours before bed, and to stop electronic use an hour before bed. If possible, take up opportunities to power nap, which will reset and refresh your brain during the day.

Deal With Chronic Pain

When your body is constantly dealing with pain signals, your stress levels remain permanently high. Therefore, it is important to visit the doctor and get treatment for any sources of continual pain. Try to avoid using over-the-counter painkillers as a crutch to deal with pain; instead, seek more permanent treatments, and if your doctor prescribes you medicine, use it only as directed.

Have a Relaxing Soak

Hot tubbing is definitely a relaxing activity, but did you know that it also has a positive impact on your health? This form of stress reduction actually results in improved circulation, relieved joints, and relaxed muscles at the end of a long day. It is a particularly great way of dealing with stress since it can ease chronic pain, such as arthritis, and will help you to sleep better at night.

Try a Massage

Humans naturally crave physical contact, and a simple massage can be a great way to leave you feeling relaxed and stress-free. Make sure to visit a professional masseuse who knows how to massage pressure points, undo muscle knots, and treat common sources of pain (such as sciatica).

Stay Well Nourished

Many nutrient deficiencies have been linked to increased stress, anxiety, and depression levels, so it is important to eat vitamins and minerals that will help to regulate your cortisol levels. Help your brain and your organs to stay healthy by making sure you eat enough folic acid, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin E. Eating a varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins will usually provide your body with sufficient vitamins and minerals, but if you have special dietary concerns, you can always take additional vitamin supplements to get what you need.

With these six tips, you now have some tactics to deal with stress in your life—and less stress in your life will leave you with many positive health benefits, such as a lowered risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus, you can enjoy the increased happiness and focus that comes when you deal with your stress.





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