Stress is something we all experience. Sometimes you can do something about the source. Other times, all you can do is manage your stress. Taking proper care of yourself helps preserve your health and supports a happy, less stressed life.
How Does Stress Impact One's Life?
Stress can have a variety of negative effects on your health, both physical and mental. When you are stressed, your brain's natural systems for perceiving a threat, such as an approaching car or a large dog, stay "turned on." This means your system has elevated levels of cortisol, which then increases your blood sugar and the availability of substances to repair tissues. This is, of course, to prepare you for running from the threat or fighting it...but in chronic stress, you stay in that fight or flight mode, because the threat or perceived threat never goes away.
This increases your risk of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, but can also impact your physical health. Stress can cause headaches, muscle-aches, digestive problems, weight gain, cognitive issues, and an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
The mental effects of stress can also impact your productivity at work and your relationships with friends, family, and coworkers. People who are stressed can get "snippy" and irritable and are often less productive. Other people's reactions can then increase your stress.
Why You Should be Proactive About a Stress Relief Self-Care Plan?
Even if you are not stressed, you should be concerned about stress relief. Having a self-care plan in place before a stressor hits will help you ride with it and be ready to deal with increased stress.
You should consider working with a therapist to help you develop a proactive coping plan to improve your resilience. You should spend time going through the things that make you particularly stressed and coming up with strategies, particularly if you are vulnerable to anticipatory stressors, which is stressing about things that haven't even happened yet.
A proactive stress relief plan includes good nutrition, exercise (yoga can be particularly valuable), meditation, and establishing things that are healthy "I need this now" for stress. This might mean a relaxing video game, a good book, a bath with a colorful bath bomb, hanging out with your dog at the park, etc. You should also consider massage therapy.
How Can Massage Therapy Be Part of a Stress Relief Plan, and What Are the Benefits?
Massage therapy has been demonstrated to help with stress relief. Getting a massage from somebody you trust releases muscle tension and reduces your perception of threat. Massage can treat headaches and muscle aches that are caused by stress. You should tell your massage therapist you have elevated stress levels, or are concerned about them, so they can use targeted massage techniques for lowering stress.
What Are Some Other Stress Relief Self-Care Tips?
Some other things you can do to help reduce your stress include:
If you are feeling stressed, massage therapy can help.
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