The effects of prolonged stress on the human body can be devastating to our health resulting in migraines, muscle aches, insomnia, digestive problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, asthma, and heart disease along with a wide range of other health problems. Sometimes we are not even aware or we don’t like to admit that there may be a problem.
Your body has ways of showing stress and it is important to be aware of them:
You may experience tension in your muscles, especially your neck and back
Fidgeting, you need to hold something with your hands (cigarettes, twirling pencils etc)
You just have difficulty in relaxing
Learning to effectively manage stress and adding regular exercise to your routine is a valuable part of stress relief which is vital to good health.
Here are four quick and easy ways to help you relax and wipe the stress of your day away.
Take a bath
Don’t just jump in jump out! Grab a few aromatherapy candles, especially ones with great soothing and relaxing scents such as lavender, chamomile, cinnamon, or sandalwood. Find some luxurious bubble bath or bath oil and throw on a soothing playlist. You will be amazed at how refreshed and relaxed you feel and how the warm waters can help to ease muscle tension and rejuvenate tired aching muscles and joints; it’s such a great and simple way to reduce stress.
Get to bed
Our brains aren’t always ready for sleep when it’s time to go to bed. You can get ready for bed by using some soothing aromatherapy products such as aromatherapy pillows or a soothing night time spray that you use to lightly mist the linens of your bed with a relaxing blend of lavender and other essential oils that can help your brain relax. There are plenty of apps that play nature sounds or white noise, waves or rain.
If we don’t get adequate sleep for a night or two, we may not function as well the next day. If we work a job where accuracy is important, or if we are driving a long distance, we sure don’t want to be sleepy. And, not having adequate sleep affects our immune system. With a lack of sleep, you’re more likely to get sick!
The art of meditation has been used for centuries to help people relax, deal with stress and pain, and to regain a sense of balance and clarity. Meditating is a great way to relax and take it easy by helping you to redirect your thoughts and your mental being somewhere else, to a calm and soothing place free of stress.
It’s as simple as finding a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed. Turn your phone on silent and get comfy. Now take in some deep breaths, listen to the sound of your breathing and your heartbeat. Focus on a word or a saying and if you start to think of the groceries or what you have to do the next day; bring yourself back to that one word. Sit quietly like this for 5-10 minutes and relax!! You will feel rested and rejuvenated in no time.
Get some fresh air
In this hectic world many of us live in today, you will be amazed at how relaxed and refreshed you feel after just being in nature and getting some fresh air on a regular basis. Take advantage of the beach if you live close by or head to a park. Simply taking a good book to the park and stretching out on a blanket or walking around the gardens can be a great way to ease you back into nature, help you connect with a larger world around you and infuse your lungs with the much needed fresh air. So go outside, take a deep breath, and learn to relax and take it easy.
We all need down time for our mental as well as our physical wellbeing. So make some time for yourself today to relax, take it easy and say goodbye to stress.