ls stress getting you down?
Τhen it is time to take action!
Having times in our life when we feel stressed and anxious is perfectly normal and in the short term can even help us perform better. However, if pressures begin to feel excessive or stress levels remain high for extended periods of time, this can leave us feeling frazzled and health and wellbeing can be affected. This can affect not only how we feel but also our physical health. Long term stress can affect many systems in the body and is thought to be responsible for many illnesses, so by taking action to address stress now, you may even help prevent problems in the future.
With ever increasing levels of stress in the world, it is essential that we consider our lifestyle and build in time and activities that are known to help combat stress. It is, of course, important to take personal responsibility for the way we live our lives and the effect this has on our levels of stress and general wellbeing.
One way is to try reflexology, which has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety with 'an increased feeling of ease and a reduction in anxiety"). Reflexologists work reflex points or areas on the feet, hands or face to aid relaxation and help improve wellbeing. Reflexology may also help improve mood, release tension and aid sleep, helping us to cope better and easing the stresses of modern life.
(1) A.J. Mc Vicar, C.R. Greenwood, F. Fewell, V. D'Arcy, S. Chandrasekharan and L.C. Alldridge, Evaluation of anxiety, salivary cortisoland melatoninsecretion following reflexology treatment: Apilotstudyin healthy individuals; Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (2007) VOL 13; NUMBER 3, page(s) 137-145
Stress busters: try these tips to reduce your stress today
Reflexology or another complementary therapy can be beneficial to wellbeing.
Regular exercise - choose an activity that you enjoy, for some this may be a team sport, for others this may be walking, dancing, Swimming, yoga etc.
Write down 3 things every day that you are grateful for. This can help to teach your brain to look for the positives in life rather than the negatives.
Increase contact with friends and family - this can help break the feeling of isolation and lets you remember the positive things in your life.
Do something creative such as drawing, sewing, singing etc.
Ensure healthy eating - In times of stress our bodies can crave unhealthy foods, especially sweet foods. Try and ensure you have a healthy diet, as well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress.
Get plenty of sleep - Feeling tired can make it harder for our bodies to cope with stressors, so make sure you get Some early nights.
Meditation or at least some deep breathing can help calm the mind and help you feel more in control.
To get the most out of your stress-busting, consider:
Reducing caffeine as this is a stimulant which increases the stress hormone cortisol. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, many energy drinks, most cola-drinks and even in chocolate.
Reducing or if possible stopping smoking – Stopping smoking has been shown to be as effective as medication for anxiety.
Reducing alcohol intake – Whilst alcohol can seem to make you feel more relaxed, in the long run it can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety and makes stress harder to deal with.
Look to spend time on a 'stress busting' activity, rather than zoning out in front of a computer or the TV, which can both increase the sense of isolation.
Will I benefit from reflexology?
After а reflexology treatment most people feel very relaxed; you may sleep better, your mood may improve and your general feeling of wellbeing may increase. You may find that other things improve too, but this happens on а very individual basis.
Although in times of stress it can feel like it would be impossible to take an hour out of your hectic life, if you make this first step, it may help you feel like you can take control again and you are likely to become more productive in both work and social life — and you might generally feel happier as а result.
Reflexology can fit into а busy lifestyle and can become а welcome break in what otherwise can feel like being on а treadmill.
The only way to know if you will benefit from reflexology is to try it — so book an appointment today!
Please note: Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice
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