Your cell phone is beeping, demanding your attention NOW. You’re running behind schedule on projects at work and around the house. And oh yeah, there’s a pandemic going on bringing with it social and economic disruptions that hit all too close to home. Brick by brick, stress piles upon our shoulders until we feel like we can’t carry any more. A stressful lifestyle can have harmful health consequences such as heart disease and high blood pressure. But there’s great news: effective stress management is within your grasp!
Here are 3 keys to stress management we offer here at Radiant Wellness.
1.Massage Therapy “The first sense to ignite, touch is the last to burn out: long after our eyes betray us, our hands remain faithful to the world…. in describing such final departures, we often talk of losing touch.”— Frederick Sachs in A Natural History of the Senses Through touch, we have the ability to communicate with another person on a basic, physical level. There are studies that indicate that with the sense of touch, we have the ability to communicate a number of positive feelings and emotions. A trained massage therapist has the ability to use the sense of touch for their clients in a way that reduces stress hormones like cortisol and increases levels of serotonin and dopamine. Massage therapy can also alleviate headaches as well as anxiety.
2.Yoga Yoga combines physical movement with intentional, controlled breathing and relaxation with the aim of bringing harmony between body and mind. There is evidence that suggests that yoga is effective for decreasing depression and stress as well as increasing flexibility. Psychology Today reports that 85% of people who engaged in yoga believe the practice helped them relieve stress.
3.Nutrition Those “comfort foods” that seem to give us temporary stress relief can in fact be making things worse. A proper diet, on the other hand, can help combat the impact of stress by boosting the immune system and reducing blood pressure. Vitamin C, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids are noted as just some of the nutrients that are important for stress reduction. A trained nutrition coach can be your guide to making adjustments to your diet that can help you counterbalance the impact of stress.
Stacy Dilley (Radiant Wellness)
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