Today is National Stress Awareness Day. And as you’re no doubt aware (special national day or not), the day-to-day pressure of that 9 to 5 job (or probably 9 to 7, let’s be honest) can take a huge toll on your health, both mentally and physically The good news is, you can do something about stress aside from just being aware of it.
According to the Mayo Clinic , three common effects of stress that you may be all too familiar with are headaches and body pain, poor-quality sleep, and anxiety. The key is to be aware of the effects of stress so you can take steps to reduce or even (dare we say it?) eliminate them.
Proven stress reduction techniques
- Getting adequate sleep (between 7 and 8 hours a night is optimal)
- Eating a balanced diet (plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein, and limited sugar and processed carbohydrates)
- Exercise (Exercise prompts your body to release endorphins, hormones that reduce stress)
- Relaxation techniques, like yoga and meditation
- And (drumroll) massage
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage can decrease heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels (a hormone released in response to stress). Massage has also been proven to reduce anxiety and help you sleep.
Be aware of stress – but get rid of it. Have a happy, relaxing Stress Awareness Day.