We’ve all come home from a long day at work and felt overwhelmed with stress, unable to relax and enjoy the evening. Stress can impact your mental and physical health, left unchecked it can contribute to high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Here are some tips to help you relax and combat stress.
You don’t need a mountaintop with miles wilderness views, you just need to find a quiet space all to yourself. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Listening to your breath and your heart is a good way to distract you from any other thoughts trying to creep into your meditation session. Research suggests that 2 sessions of meditation a day can help reduce stress and depression.
- Count Backwards
Struggling to sleep or even meditate? Counting up to a number and then back again slowly helps you forget about the important meeting you have coming up or the latest electric bill. You can use this technique when your worries are running rampant, take 20 seconds out of the day just to count.
- Drip Cold Water on Your Wrists
There are major arteries on your wrists, dripping cold water on them can help cool them down, and calm the whole body. You can also rub a bit of cold water behind your earlobes as there are some major arteries there too. This technique is great as you can use it anywhere that has a bathroom; the office, at home or in the supermarket.
- Write it down
Writing in a little journal, diary or even a blog can help you relax. Writing down your experiences helps you to re-evaluate stressful situations and express emotions in a creative outlet.
Take a minute to drip a small amount of lavender, tea tree or other relaxing scents into your palm. The soothing scents of aromatherapy can help you overcome stressful situations by stimulating smell receptors that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions. Pavan is the Good Health Centre’s Aromatherapy expert, why not head over to her profile and ask her some questions about it?
Talking about anything that causes stress or anxiety is always a good idea. Not only does it stop you from bottling your worries up, but it can help you rethink how you handle the situations.
When you’re becoming overwhelmed, take a quick walk. The benefits of having a quick stroll during a stressful situation can massively reduce your anxiety levels. You’ll get some fresh air, some alone time and a bit of exercise to get those endorphins running.
Laughing is scientifically proven to help reduce stress. A laughing fit has been known to boost your immune system and increase blood flow. So, hang out more with funny friends, keep a book of jokes on standby, or just take some time to watch some funny videos on YouTube.
- Self Hand Massage
We don’t have to state the obvious, that a massage is one of the best ways to relax. But when you’re at work and need a quick relaxing way to calm your pounding heart, try a DIY hand massage. Rub the base of the thumb on each hand help soothe and ease tension. Rubbing the soft area between the thumb and index finger can also help. This is ideal for someone who may work in an office and spends a lot of time typing. Keep a bottle of lotion to one side for a truly soothing experience.
- Tense and Relax
A great way to gain focus and relax is to slowly go through each muscle group and tense and relax them. Start with your toes; squeeze them as tight as they can go, hold it for 5 seconds and then slowly relax. Again, this is a great technique to practice when you’re sat at your desk, in a meeting or even standing in line at the bank.
Relaxing Therapies from the Good Health Centre
Sometimes life can get on top of you and it becomes overwhelming. At the Good Health Centre, we take a holistic look at your physical and mental health and can offer a wide range of therapies that can help combat stress and anxiety, including Osteopathy, Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massages, Reiki, Counselling and Psychotherapy, and much more.
Reiki is a “hands-off and hands-on” therapy that can help rebalance your energy. When your energy is out of balance, you may feel this in the form of stress, depression or anxiety. When you have things on your mind, Reiki can help promote sleep/energy.
- Theraputic Massages
At the Good Health Centre, we use a combination of different massage techniques to offer a completely unique & holistic massage experience. Our massage specialists incorporate aromatherapy oils to give you a maximum benefit from your treatment. Our therapists are trained in Indonesian Massage, Aromatherapy Massage and Swedish Massages.
Osteopathy is a treatment that looks at your whole body and takes a holistic approach to revitalise any aches and pains. Because stress can cause physical afflictions, Osteopathy can help ease pain and often is a great way to relax and relieve some of the symptoms of stress.