A healthy lifestyle is much easier to attain when you ease the stress of daily activities from work, errands and family up-keep to traffic, noise/air pollution and personal life issues.
Spending a huge part of your day in traffic exposes your body to aches and your mind to stress. This alone adds more strain to your work life and all you want to do when you return home is get into bed.
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The problem with this lifestyle is that it puts you at risk of health issues in the long run as accumulated stress takes a gradual toll. So, it is best to tackle this stress on a daily basis rather than to let it grow to a much serious physical or mental health issue.
Regardless of how tired you may feel, taking few minutes to engage in simple stress relief therapies like cold/hot baths, exercise or meditation not only helps you have better sleep, and revitalizes your body and mind for the following day.
Here are five things you can do to relieve stress after a long, tiring day at work:
Heat or Cold Therapy: When it comes to pains and stress related aches, a shower soothes not just the body, but the mind as well.
While the compression from ice baths causes constriction of blood vessels, this technique flushes waste like lactic acid, and reduces fluid accumulation and blood flow to affected areas, thereby numbing the pain, reducing strains, body temperature, fatigue, swelling and inflammation.
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Hot showers on the other hand dilates blood vessels, enhances blood flow/circulation, soothes stiff joints and sore and spasming muscles. Heat therapy also stimulates healing and muscle recovery after a strenuous exercise or a stressful day.
A cold bath when the weather is hot or a hot bath when it’s cold goes a long way to soothe the muscles and help you feel refreshed. However, before resorting to a cold bath, speak with a specialist if you experience health issues such as decreased blood flow, because ice baths may lead to cardiac arrest.
Light exercise: This involves a series of exercises that help improve your strength and mobility to avoid swelling in various areas of your body after they’ve been strained. Swimming is one way to ease body stress.
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Yoga involves the incorporation of breathing techniques and gentle movements to stretch and strengthen the muscles. This helps you relax better and have a good sleep ahead of the next day’s activities.
Music Therapy: Research has shown that music calms the mind and takes your attention away from the stress your body is feeling. The ambience and atmosphere around you have an effect on how long you feel things in your mind and body. So, before you begin that exercise or shower, put on a soothing playlist, light your candles, get a diffuser, take a deep breath and let the music do the rest.
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Meditation: This technique alerts mindfulness and helps restore a sense of control over your body. This is a recommended therapy to ease tension in the body and mind, promote relaxation and enhance physical and emotional well-being.
Massage Therapy: After you return home after a long and stressful day, indulging in a quick message by yourself or with the help of someone puts you in an all-round better mood. Focusing on pressure points like your joints, muscles, feet, palms and head reliefs stress and anxiety as it distracts you from the tension and pain with sensational signals.
In all, managing stress goes beyond your everyday after work activities. While self-done pressure points massages soothe you for the night, a consistent massage therapy gives your body a complete makeover and makes daily living more seamless.
A weekly spa session should top your stress management routine and ORÍKÌ has amazing spa therapies designed to help your de-stress.
Don’t wait till the pain starts to take a toll on your physical, mental and general wellbeing, book that appointment via the ORÍKÌ website now.