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Stress Management Techniques

by | Apr 26, 2022 | Acupuncture, Health

Stress management techniques can help you deal with life’s challenges in healthier ways to ensure a better life.

What Is Stress?

Stress is the normal reaction your body experiences when changes happen. It results in your body responding via emotional, intellectual, and physical responses. Stress management training helps you deal with stress in healthier ways.

Here are some ways to combat stress

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a treatment that uses a combination of psychology and art to improve your mental health. You will use artistic techniques and the creative process towards the creation of an artwork that helps you explore your emotions, address unresolved traumas, and develop self-awareness. Art therapy helps you overcome your psychological and emotional challenges to improve your wellbeing.

Please note that it’s your choice what kind of artwork you wish to produce. You can choose painting, drawing, and coloring with whatever tools you wish to use for the artwork.

Here is a list of different art therapies to help you decide which is right for you:

Drawing your feelings

Simply draw whatever you are feeling using whatever medium and tools you have. You can also paint your feelings for this exercise. Splash whatever colors you want on a canvas to let your emotions out to release your feelings.

Happiness Exercise: Paint A Happy Memory

Sometimes remembering a particularly happy memory can improve your mental health. Why not capture the moment by creating art for it? You can try drawing or painting a happy memory from your mind to give you something that reminds you of happier times. A reminder of happier times can help you cope with life’s challenges.

Self: Paint A Childhood Memory

Learning about yourself is very important to help you understand and find meaning in life. Explore your childhood memories and find a memory you love. Create art and recall why that memory is so important to your very being. This artwork can illuminate pieces of yourself to help you find your true self and live a full life.

Organization: Create a Brain Map

Creating a brain map can help you organize your thoughts to help you understand what’s going on inside your head. One way to do it is to draw a picture of your head or brain and draw your thoughts inside those pictures. You can also color the brain map to relax. Seeing visual representations of your thoughts may help you better understand yourself to plan your next move.

Art therapy comes in many varieties, and the examples above are only meant to get you started by giving you ideas. You can search for more types of art therapy that suit your needs.

Try Using Relaxation Techniques

Take time to relax every day to destress and protect your body from the dangers of stress. There are a variety of techniques you can employ to relax.

Visualization

This technique is a kind of meditation wherein you imagine a scene that helps you feel and find peace. Imagining a scene that relaxes you may free your mind of all anxiety and tension. You can choose a vacation spot you love or a photo of the place you wish to visit.

Here is how to visualize

Close your eyes and imagine the place you feel most at peace or wish to visit. Visualizing the place you want to visit like you would a photo in your mind is not enough. You need to add the sensory details to make it feel more real.

Here is an example of sensory details

See the water flowing through a waterfall

Hear the wildlife in the area

Smell the forest

Feel the cool water flowing through your hands

Taste the clean air

Practicing this technique can help you relax and achieve inner peace. It’s perfectly normal to lose track of time and where you are when doing this technique, so don’t worry.

Self Massage

Professional massages from health clubs and spas can do wonders to reduce your stress and pain relief. Thankfully, you can also experience the benefits of a massage at home by doing it yourself or with a loved one. You can massage yourself at home to help you relax and go to sleep.

Tip:

Use scented lotions and aromatic oils during massages to enhance the benefits of your massages.

Here are some ways to massage:

Gentle chops using the edge of your hands or just tap your fingers on the area you wish to massage.

Try kneading across muscles with long, light gliding strokes by applying pressure on your muscle knots using your fingertips.

Drinking Tea

For thousands of years, teas have been used for their healing and health benefits. Some herbal teas have properties that help reduce stress. The teas may have chemical compounds that reduce stress, or their aroma is enough to reduce stress levels. Anxiety and stress can be reduced by drinking tea, but it’s important to note that not everyone has the same taste. Some teas may taste bad for some but good for others. Mercifully, a lot of teas share similar health benefits, and you can find what works for your taste.

Please note that while tea is healthy it can be detrimental to your health if you have certain health issues. Do not make tea a part of your daily routine until you get the ok from your primary care physician or Dr. Cook.

Tea’s benefits

Herbal teas may occasionally help you relieve anxiety and stress when consumed. There are other teas that may be taken as part of a healthy routine.

Healing benefits of drinking tea:

1. Improvement in insomnia and sleep conditions
2. Soothes digestive issues and stomach
3. Relief for menstrual cramps
4. Relief for morning sickness and nausea

Let’s talk about teas:

Peppermint Tea

This classic plant can be used for tea and seasoning, but it also offers a natural way to reduce anxiety and frustration. You can drink peppermint tea to help against anxiety and ease headaches.

Chamomile Tea

This tea is known for making people feel calm because of its stress soothing abilities. It can also help reduce the symptoms of anxiety to make attacks more bearable.

Lavender Tea

Lavender tea contains strong sedative effects that can rival anti-anxiety medications without the side effects. It can also soothe muscle aches with its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon Balm tea is used for insomnia and anxiety because it boosts a neurotransmitter that helps you cope with stress.

Be sure to talk to a trained health professional before buying tea to ensure that the tea you consume does not contain harmful chemicals. Dr. Cook has trustworthy suppliers whose wares she checks to ensure you get the best quality tea possible.

Acupuncture

This treatment uses very thin needles to penetrate the skin, and the needles are manipulated through specific and gentle movements or using electrical stimulation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM explains that acupuncture offers stress relief by helping Qi move properly throughout your body. Qi is the energy that flows through your body, and if it cannot flow properly you will start to suffer from disease or stress.

Problems in your Qi flow can lead to the following health conditions:

1. Headaches
2. Muscle Tension
3. Irritability
4. Restlessness

Acupuncture releases your blocked qi and stimulates your body’s natural healing process. Improving your qi flow can help ease or remove your symptoms. The treatment also releases endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain killers for relief with no side effects.

In conclusion, stress is a natural part of life, but it can still overwhelm you if not handled properly. The examples above are meant to give you a starting point for healthy stress management.

Contact Dr. Cook for more help with stress management!

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