De-stressing is all about relaxing your mind and body. There’s a lot that one can do in order to relieve themselves of nagging aches and pains of both varieties – physical as well as spiritual.
Meditation can be of great help for stress relief. One can easily meditate at any point of time by closing their eyes, relaxing their muscles and focusing on any one thing, or an object (wall painting or a flower); perhaps imagine themselves sitting on a beach. Taking deep breaths try and concentrate without getting distracted for 10-15 minutes. The key here is to remain focused and let loose your body and mind.
Laugh out loud
They say laughter is the best medicine. And that is indeed so! Regular laughing helps boost your immune system, providing a vigorous workout that tightens your stomach and helps in strengthening your heart. Leading extremely busy lives as we do nowadays means spontaneous laughter becomes more of an exception than a rule. However, one should learn how to enjoy the simpler joys of life and laugh their way towards a healthy life.
A massage is all you need
Getting a massage is a great idea to ease your body and mind. A weekend massage with aromatherapy oils will contribute a lot to healthy blood circulation. Body massages are not just great for skin nourishment but also help in waste elimination and nourish the cells.A rejuvenating massage also relives tight muscles and helps tackle other muscular aches and pains.
Get up & moving
Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce some amazing long-term health benefits. Daily exercise and physical activity are critical to achieve peak physical and mental health for almost everyone, including the elderly.A physically fit and active body can help you continue to do the things you enjoy, while staying self-dependent as you age.
Food is one of the most essential elements in our life as it regulates our body and mind by providing us with vital nutrients and energy. At times it’s required to bring about a change in our eating style instead of mindlessly consuming a routine diet. For instance, most people end up craving for carbohydrate-rich and sweet foods like cookies, candies and ice cream when stressed, anxious or tense. These foods can have a soothing effect by aiding an increase in the serotonin levels. Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for inducing feelings of calmness and relaxation. So enjoy these treats if they provide instant satisfaction, but do keep a count of your calories, as along with being mood-enhancers these sweet treats can also cause a sharp rise in body fat.
Bring on the music
Music has long been considered a great stress reliever.It’s a well-established fact that music therapy is beneficial in combating depression.A good, uplifting tune can come in handy when you’re getting ready for a tough day at office, or are struck in the traffic, or lying in your bed after a stressful day. Listening to music during working hours has proved to be helpful in reducing the heart rate and blood pressure amongst most individuals, while also curbing anxiety.
A good snooze not to lose
Sleep because at least for some time during your day you need to forget your problems and relax. Sleeping is important for better digestion of food and helps maintain emotional balance of the body. A good dose of deep sleep also helps in augmenting positive moods, while contributing majorly towards maintaining a pleasant nature. Sleeping more could also harm us indirectly by making us indolent. The important thing is to make sure you’re not only getting enough sleep, but that the quality of sleep you’re getting is restful and restorative.
Hit the road
Plan a vacation once in a while and go on a freewheeling trip. Getting away from the routine schedule will help you revitalize. If nothing fancy or even long, a quiet weekend at a picturesque resort in the countrysides enough to renew you. A weekend gathering at a friend’s farmhouse or simply a long drive to the wilder side are great ideas too if you want to keep things simple and inexpensive.