by Ashley Evans
Let’s be realistic, stress will always be in our lives. Whether good or bad, the daily ups and downs of life can add to your stress and sometimes be overwhelming. You might be feeling the weight of your stress emotionally, physically, or both. When it comes to stress and your body, there are no boundaries. Your overall wellness is in the hands of the beast. Luckily, the doctors have recommended awesome stress-relief techniques to leave you feeling refreshed and reminding you that you CAN be in control.
Taking deep breaths slows down your heart rate, decreases your blood pressure, and helps you relax. An exercise we love is below.
4-7-8 Deep Breathing Exercise
- Inhale for a count of 4
- Hold your breath for a count of 7
- Exhale for a count of 8
- Try and repeat this 3 more times, releasing all other thoughts and focusing on this pattern.
Massage is a healing tool that has been around for thousands of years, in many cultures. It benefits the body in a variety of ways; such as stimulating the body’s natural defense system, relaxing muscles, releasing endorphins, and relieving pain for migraine sufferers. When you’re feeling overly stressed and tense, listen to your body’s needs and take advantage of our wonderful massage therapists to help release those toxins and absorb positive energy.
Another great way to de-stress is through gratitude. Even when life gets tough, we still have much to be thankful for. Gratitude allows us to use perspective and see the good in situations – not just the bad. Taking a moment of silence or having a daily gratitude journal helps us to be happier, healthier, and grateful.