In honor of April being stress awareness month, in this post, we are going to show you some easy ways to overcome stress and live a relaxed, happy life.  Although stressful events are usually inevitable, there are simple and natural ways to combat the potentially harmful effects.  Here are a few stress busting methods you can try:

 

Unwind with a massage                                              skin-care-body-massage

As you can probably guess, we are huge proponents of massage and all of the wonderful benefits it can bring to your life.  One of these many benefits massage provides happens to be super stress relief! In just one visit to a massage therapist, you can lower your heart rate, cortisol levels, and insulin considerably. Massages can also help decrease blood pressure, relax tired muscles, soothe headaches, and increase your body’s production of endorphins.  One of the best parts about massage, its positive effects can last much longer than your initial visit, keeping you feeling stress-free longer.

 

Ease stress with exercise                                       keep calm

On top of helping to manage physical health and weight levels, exercise can also have tremendous effects on your daily stress.  Many experts believe aerobic exercise, for example, can help your body produce more norepinephrine, which is a chemical that assists your brain in combating stress more powerfully.  With just 30 minutes a day, five times a week, you can start to live a more peaceful life.

 

Use your sense of smell                                                            rosemary

You have probably experienced a time where a certain smell brought back a forgotten memory from long ago, this shows how powerful different scents can be.  When you use the right scents, such as rosemary, it can help you relax and shed the stress of a long day.  The use of aromatherapy and essential oils has been known to decrease headaches, ease stress and anxiety, clear nasal congestion, and relieve tension in your muscles.  Other powerful scents include sandalwood and eucalyptus.

 

Add an herb                                    herb                               

Another easy way you can help keep your stress to a minimum and strengthen your immune system before it starts to take a toll, is by consuming certain types of herbs. These herbs are called adaptogens and they include eleuthoro, Siberian ginseng, Asian ginseng, American ginseng, rhodiola, ashwagandha, and schizandra.  These herbs come in supplement form and can help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels into normal ranges and ensure your adrenal glands are getting an adequate amount of vitamin C, so it doesn’t get used up by stress.

 

With these simple strategies, you can start to free yourself from the weight of stress and live a happier, healthier life.  Remember, April is stress awareness month, so keep trying new ways to live stress free! If you have any questions related to structural integration, other types of massage, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Structura, please call us at 801-897-8711.