Sometimes I don’t realise how stressed I am until I pay attention to the signals that my body is sending. Tense jaw. Headache. Nausea or intense cravings. The truth about life is that we will always deal with stress. But it’s good to know that there are ways that our minds can actually help our bodies to cope with stress from regular relaxation massages to yoga and deep breathing.
Our minds are very powerful and I am a true believer of the mind-body connection and how it is so important for our better health. In essence, it means that our minds and emotions can affect our health. This is not a new idea. Ancient healer Hippocrates taught that our good health is tied to achieving a balance of our minds, bodies and environment.
Since then, many doctors and researchers have proven this theory. Biofeedback is based on discovery that we can control our blood pressure. Yoga and other relaxation techniques like massage can help to lower heart rates, lower breathing rates and decrease muscle tension.
Today I would like to share a few easy tips you can do just using your mind that can help you cope with stress better.
- Get moving. Exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress hormones. It is also one of the easiest ways to improve your mood and lower stress levels. And it doesn’t have to take that much time. Every day you should try to have modest exercise, such as walking or taking the stairs. Try for more intense workouts each week that include higher cardio.
- Just breathe. This sounds so simple but often we don’t focus on our breathing. Deep breathing will help you stimulate your oxygen circulation. This tells your brain to stop producing so many stress hormones. Find a quiet place and get comfortable. Then inhale and exhale for about five seconds each. Do this ten times. You can do it in the morning, throughout the day or before bed.
- Be social. Whether you have lunch with a friend or co-worker or call (not text) someone, it really helps stress to maintain your social life. Some days we are too busy or don’t feel in the mood to be around other people. But this can become an unhealthy circle. Reach out to friends and spend time with people and enjoy feeling loved and supported.
I hope these tips can help you. I know they help me! Of course, getting a regular massage is always one of the things I also recommend for coping with stress. I do it myself and know that it helps me cope with the ups and downs of life.