Relaxing Your Thoughts and Body to Manage Stress

When we hear the word stress, we automatically link this to negativity, and it really is. Living is stressful, knowing that you are trying to do so much overwhelms you. You carry the physical and psychological tensions it brings throughout the day and the cycle goes on and on. When you can't handle the situation, the body responds in a bad way. The pandemic that the world is facing today is one major factor that causes most of us to feel an ongoing stress and this is not good because the more it continues, this will bring major health problems including depression for most of us. When stress levels are constantly high / or when you are constantly experiencing stressful situations, it can harm the body and impair our mental performance.

Some may try to reduce the stress they are feeling by drinking alcohol, caffeine, food and other substances but this does not address the underlying cause of stress, in fact this can lead to more health damage. To keep our minds and bodies healthy, it is important to manage stress, but how can we manage our stress by the way? There are a lot of relaxation techniques and activities that can help to move your body from stressed to relaxed.

Relaxing the mind

  • Try breathing exercises- this is one of the most effective methods for reducing stress in the body. This is because deep breathing sends a signal to your brain to relax and calm down. This message is then sent to your body by your brain thus making this as one of the most effective ways to relax the mind.

  • Soak in a long warm bath- a warm bath can also help you breathe better. Your lung capacity and oxygen intake increase as the water temperature rises and the pressure on your chest rises. It can also help lower blood pressure, lessen the risk of a heart attack, and improve blood sugar control.

  • Mindful meditation- can help break the stress cycle by giving you time to respond rather than react. You can obtain a new perspective on stressful events while also reducing negative emotions.

  • Write your thoughts down- freely expressing your thoughts without any judgment helps relieve anxiety and stress. Long-term health benefits of expressive writing include fewer stress-related doctor visits, a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, enhanced lung and liver function, and even increased athletic performance.

Relaxing the body

  • Do some yoga- yoga positions may aid in the release of emotional and tension-related obstructions, such as muscle knots. They also encourage the release of mood-enhancing endorphins, which are feel-good hormones that can help you cope with stress.

  • Walking or physical activities- walking stimulates the release of endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that help us relax and boost our mood. Walking does not have to be done at a fast speed to be beneficial for stress relief. According to studies, even a leisurely stroll might help you relax.

  • Getting a massage- building of tension in muscles, which inhibits movement and increases pain, is a common cause of stress. Massage seeks to relax and loosen muscles by stretching and spreading muscle fibers and tissues.

  • Have some tea or walk milk- warm milk has a calming effect on the body. It increases tryptophan levels. This is in charge of producing serotonin, also known as the "happy hormone." Tea also lowers cortisol levels, which is a stress hormone.

These ways can help you relax your mind and body but because of the way our minds and bodies are connected, most of these relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body. With regular practice, you can experience reduced muscle tension and an increased sense of calmness. If you're feeling stressed out or you're struggling to make stress management techniques work for you, consider professional help.

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