It goes without saying that life can get stressful from time to time.
No matter how positive your mindset is, or how happy you are with your circumstances and surroundings, stress can still get to you.
It may be a bad day at work, the kids driving you crazy, or just a general feeling of low-energy and demotivation that comes out of nowhere. Whatever it is, it’s important to take steps to restore equilibrium as soon as you can.
People often turn to positive thinking techniques when it comes to managing stress, and those can certainly be effective in various contexts. Often though, getting physically active in one way or another, can also do a surprising amount of good.
Here are a few physical remedies to try out when you next need to destress.
A deep tissue massage
When to get a sports massage or another type of massage, will depend largely on activity levels, posture, where you hold tension in your body, and so on.
A deep tissue massage can often work wonders in helping you to destress quickly.
A good massage can stimulate the release of endorphins (those happy hormones that your body gives off after exercise. They can make you feel good, relaxed, and positive in the moment, and can also help to alleviate areas of chronic tension in the body that you might not have even noticed before.
Sometimes, this relaxation and stimulation of different muscles can release pressure on nerves, enhance blood flow, and radically improve your energy levels in virtually no time at all.
A pilates class
When people think of ‘de-stressing’ they may not necessarily think of pilates. That’s because pilates is largely about maintaining uncomfortable poses, in order to strengthen, stretch, and balance different muscle groups in an optimal way.
It can be both relaxing and difficult in equal measure!
Since its creation, though, pilates has proven itself to be very effective at improving fitness, discovering hidden wells of energy and motivation, and recovery.
In fact, pilates was originally developed to rehabilitate people who were in poor physical condition.
A long power walk in nature
There are so many benefits to a long, brisk walk.
It gets the blood flowing, improving circulation and oxidation of the brain and organs. Walking can mean the release of more of those feel-good endorphins.
Brisk walking can therefore be an effective form of cardiovascular exercise, contributing to better fitness.
It’s important where you walk though. Research has also found that walking in natural environments helps to increase feelings of well-being more than stepping out in urban places.
Perhaps the most important thing to consider however, is that many great writers, artists, and intellectuals throughout history, have firmly insisted that their best ideas came to them when they were walking.
So if a some clarity is needed, grab your walking shoes. Being on the move helps you to let go of whatever is holding you back, and to come up with effective solutions and new approaches to problems.
What other remedies have worked for you?