From overloaded email inboxes to the traffic on our morning commute – it can sometimes feel like the weight of the world is on top of our shoulders. If you’re looking to reduce some of the anxiety caused by the stress of everyday life, try some of these tips to help you feel cool, calm and collected.
- Epsom Salt Bath
Sit back and relax in an Epsom salt bath and feel the stress melt away as the magnesium is absorbed through your skin. Epsom salt helps replenish magnesium levels in the body, which can promote a feeling of calmness and reduce irritability. Top tip: take an Epsom salt bath before bed for a good night’s sleep.
Massage therapy can help reduce stress by relaxing tight muscles that are filled with tension. It can enhance circulation, improve range of motion in the joints and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. There are many different massage therapies available, so it may be a case of trial and error to find the right technique for you.
You don’t have to complete an hour-long HIIT session in order to feel the stress-reducing benefits of exercise. Sometimes just a simple yoga session or a 20-minute walk can ease anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals. Being physically active can also help with chronic pain and stiffness, as it helps keeps joints loose, says Jay Lee, M.D., a physician with Kaiser Permanente in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
“Nature can be beneficial for mental health,” says Irina Wen, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and clinical director of the Steven A. Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center. “It reduces cognitive fatigue and stress and can be helpful with depression and anxiety.” Take a walk through a nearby park and feel your mood instantly improve.
“Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach. Take a few minutes a day to sit up straight on the floor and focus your attention on reciting a positive mantra of your choice.
- Essential Oils
Essential oils are one of the safest ways to reduce stress. They are convenient and can be used at home, in massage therapy or even though a diffuser. The powerful components in essential oils are the essence of natural organic plants that provide immediate relief from stressful feelings with no side effects.
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