Do you feel like there's so much going on in your life that you can never catch a break? Are you tired all the time or frequently sick? Depressed or struggling with insomnia? All of these issues can be related to stress.
Chronic stress is detrimental to our physical and mental well-being, and symptoms of stress can present itself in many ways. It can lead to an increased risk of hypertension, stroke, heart attack, depression, chronic pain, headaches, and muscle tension, to name a few. When you're constantly bombarded with life's issues, effectively dealing with stress can be a challenging task, but there are several things you can do to help manage it. Here are our top self-care tips to help you cope with stress
Tip #1 - Make time for yourself
Take time out of your day to do something you enjoy. Whether reading a book, spending time outside, relaxing in a warm bath, or anything that can help you unwind at the end of a stressful day. Make it a habit that you do about the same time every day so that it becomes a natural and necessary part of your routine.
"Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.” ― Matt Haig
Tip #2 - Exercise
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. Whether going for a run or walk, doing yoga, or taking a dance class, exercise can help you feel more relaxed and energized. After a long day at work, it's sometimes difficult to summon the energy to do "just one more thing," but exercise is a stress buster because it produces feel-good endorphins and can distract you from daily worries. Here are some tips and support
Tip #3 - Get enough sleep
Sleep is essential for managing stress. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. There's nothing like a good night's sleep; it's like your body's reset button. Not getting enough sleep may increase cortisol levels, leading to increased inflammation and mental and physical health problems, from anxiety to weight gain and heart disease.
Tip #4 - Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet can help you feel more energized and reduce stress. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. A Mediterranean-style diet has been shown to reduce inflammation in your body, thus reducing cortisol levels. It's also been demonstrated to improve heart health, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve brain function. Instead of stress-eating junk food, make healthier choices like watermelon, berries, and yogurt to snack on. Even dark chocolate, in moderation, is a healthy snack!
Tip #5 - Practice relaxation techniques
Several relaxation techniques can help reduce stress, such as deep breathing, meditation, and massage—the key is to find something you enjoy and consistently incorporate into your lifestyle. That way, when faced with stressful situations, you have coping mechanisms to deal with them appropriately in a way that is more beneficial to your well-being. Here's some tips from the Mayo Clinic to help manage stress.
Finally, don't be afraid to contact friends, family, or a professional if you're overwhelmed. Sometimes just talking about your stress can help you feel better. Everyone experiences stress differently, so find what works best for you.
Bull City Soles provides many techniques and options to reduce stress! You'd be amazed at how an hour of soothing music in a tranquil environment, free from life's stresses, can impact your overall well-being. That's not even including the benefits of pain relief! Consider budgeting time and money for massage and bodywork as an investment in your health. We recommend reading our '5 Tips for Getting the Best Massage' blog to get the best bang for your buck.
We also have a private recovery room for deliberate heat and cold exposure with an Infrared Sauna and Cold Plunge. Both are amazing for reducing stress, improving sleep, boosting immunity, and reducing chronic pain. They have impressive benefits for overall health, mental fitness, and recovery. Sauna and Cold Plunges may be combined for hot/cold contrast therapy treatments and may be added before/after a massage/bodywork session. Save money with our packages and memberships to help you make it a regular part of your self-care routine.