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Top Tips for Reducing Stress and Living Life

Stress is one of the biggest factors contributing to pain, unhappiness, and poor health. The levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in our blood rise when we are faced with a potentially threatening situation or a negative evaluation about our ability to meet expectations. The danger is that chronic stress contributes to chronic pain. It also interferes with our ability to consider alternatives and make good choices. So if stress is so bad, how can we escape the cycle?

First of all, we must realize that not all forms of stress are harmful. Some stress will inspire us and help us concentrate on our objectives. However, too much stress, or stress that is held over an extended period of time, can trigger our “fight or flight” response, which, if unchecked, can impair our ability to work in one or more areas of our lives.

As some stress can be good and even motivating, the aim is not to eliminate all tension. Rather, the goal is to learn how to deal with stress effectively. This entails counteracting everyday stressors with behaviors and attitudes that replenish physical, mental, and emotional capacity depleted by stress.

There are many ways to relieve chronic stress at home and at work. For some, stress management is a matter of keeping a lifestyle and routine. However, for those seeking mental or physical health relief, the use of natural remedies is key. Common methods include meditation and deep breathing. Many individuals rely on such methods of stress relief as Pilates, yoga, and meditation. If you’re a first-timer or new to these methods, you may find them very difficult.

Another option would be to turn to a professional massage therapist and add regular massage treatment sessions to your self-care regiment. Recent research has found that massage can be an effective treatment for stress-related ailments. Research has also shown that regular massage treatments can even help people suffering from symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Massage has also been shown to increase the production of endorphins, which relieve pain and are chemicals that give us a sense of happiness and well-being. Massage helps with relieving pain, allowing you to remain active in your daily life. An integral part of the treatment of lower back pain is massage therapy. It can relieve muscle and joint strain caused by simple activities such as running, walking, or gardening. Thus, it allows you to get more out of your efforts.

As you can see, massage is one of our favorite ways to reduce and manage toxic stress. Our friends at Bountiful Massage do a great job at helping people do just that. They have a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere and the massage treatments are top of the line.

If you're not into traditional massage, Thai massage is a great alternative. It's a lovely mix of yoga and therapeutic stretching, but you don't have to do any of the work. You just chill out, relax, and enjoy the experience. Many dancers have told us they really love it as it keeps them toned and fit. The best part is you get to keep your clothes on throughout the whole session. 

Regardless of what you do, taking care of yourself and keeping that stress in check will lead to a long, happy, and peaceful life. 


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