Stress Relief: 7 Ways to Get You Some!
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Earlier this week, I talked about reading your body’s symptoms of stress. Today, let’s talk about some stress relief!
It’s important to pick up on your signs of stress and to help prevent or relieve it before it can cause further damage to your body. (Here’s why I’m currently stressed.)
The following are a few of my favorite ways to relieve stress:
Epsom Salt Baths
This tip may look familiar as I’ve talked about Epsom salt baths in order to help inflammation. They are seriously amazing and I’m not sure what I did without them. On my inflammation post, I talk about how I prepare my bath and I use this kind of Epsom salt.
I don’t know about you guys, but I carry ALL of my stress in my shoulders and upper back. And mixed with my chronic illness, things get tight which makes things super uncomfortable. A massage will help to break apart all of those knots and ease the tension that stress has created on your body. Ask your significant other for one or go for luxury and book an appointment at your favorite spa.
Magnesium has been proven to help with mental health, such as anxiety because it has a calming affect. Furthermore, it can help you to sleep more soundly and to better cope with stress. As always, talk with your doctor before beginning to take a supplement. Sometimes I just add some magnesium oil to my bath and let all the goodness soak in!
Tread lightly on this one my chronic illness friends, as sometimes when your body is overly stressed exercise can actually make things worse, so make sure you listen to those signals! Usually, exercise helps to relieve stress in that you are turning that negative energy into an activity that’s healthy for your body. Also, remember those endorphins we talked about in this post? Yup, they’re going to help out your stress levels as well.
Ahhh, the smell of lavender. I was first introduced to lavender during a yoga class, when during savasana (corpse pose) our instructor would come around and gently rub it into our temples. There’s no great way to explain the smell other than: relaxing. And that’s exactly what the herb lavender is known for: to be relaxing, which helps to relieve stress and anxiety as well as to help you sleep. I enjoy putting a few drops in my Epsom salt bath or using a diffuser (I have this one).
Lavender does tend to make you feel overly relaxed or sleepy at first, which is GREAT when you are stressed, but not so much when you are stressed out from studying for finals (I learned the hard way!)
Your body does incredible things while you are sleeping. But one of the most important things it does is repair any damage done. Therefore, sleep is essential while you are overly stressed. And, unfortunately, sleep is often one of the first things we sacrifice during times of being overwhelmed. Try your very best to make sleep a priority. Having difficulty falling asleep? Try taking an Epsom salt bath with a few drops of lavender right before crawling into bed–you’re welcome.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there’s something about a cup of tea that I find utterly relaxing. I don’t know if it’s the steam, small sips, warm hands around the mug, or soothing feel as it goes down your throat, but sometimes there’s nothing better to relieve my stress. Obviously, go for the decaffeinated stuff–the last thing you need is more sleep disruptions. Some of my favorites for stress relief are:
So there you have it–a few of my favorite stress relief techniques! Try a few or try them all and let me know what you think!
What’s your favorite go-to way to relieve stress???