Five Ways to Reduce Your Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. A little bit can actually feel good, such as the thrill of riding a roller coaster. The stress that doesn’t feel so good stems from work responsibilities, family matters, monthly bills and more. Life requires us to carry a heavy burden sometimes, but a few simple stress relievers—including a facial here and there—will give you the strength to tackle life head on.

Get some fresh air

Give yourself a break from the stress and go for a walk. A change of scenery will give you instant reprieve from a stressful situation and put you in a more positive mindset. Any form of exercise, whether it be a stroll through the park or an intense marathon, will take some weight off your shoulders. Repetitive movements like walking reduce levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone, and give you a surge of endorphins that make you feel happy.

Stash gum at your desk

This one might sound odd, but science has proven that chewing gum helps relieve stress! Chewing motions increase blood flow to the brain, which helps you remain alert and focused without relying on caffeinated beverages. The repetitive motion of the jaw has also been proven to create the brain waves that are associated with a state of relaxation. Plus, chewing gum helps you resist the urge to snack on junk food while getting work done.

Try some calming scents

Everyone’s heard by now that aromatherapy does wonders for stress relief. There’s no placebo effect, either—multiple studies have demonstrated that certain smells may calm you down and improve sleep quality. Over time, better sleep will help you feel less stressed. Aromatherapy is often combined with facials and hot stone massages for the ultimate relaxing experience.

Focus on the breath

Sometimes the stress you feel at any given moment is just too much. If you need a fast stress reliever, breathing techniques are the way to go. There are so many to choose from that trying to learn them all can make you even more stressed! Thankfully, you don’t have to be an expert yogi to master your breathing. Keep it simple—breathe in for three seconds, hold for a moment, then breathe out for three more. Remember, the simplest coping strategies can also be the most effective.

Spread the love

When all else fails, ask your best friend or partner for a hug. Similar to exercise, physical contact with another person lowers cortisol and releases those feel-good hormones. After just a few minutes, you’ll start to feel your heart rate go back down. Couples who are regularly active in bed also tend to have lower blood pressures, which contributes to stress relief. To set the tone for an intimate night, visit a spa with your partner for a couple of hot stone massages.

Stress will become a distant memory when you book a session at Better Living Massage Center. From facials to hot stone massages, we’ll create an experience you’ll never forget. Call our friendly experts to learn what we can do for you!