Tension and stress have become a mainstay in the lives of most people, be it from being stuck in traffic to issues at home or at work. Constant exposure to stress is harmful when it comes to your health so it’s important to relieve it as fast and as often as you can. To do so, there are certain useful exercises and techniques. If you feel the burden of everyday life is becoming too heavy, read on.
Being tense can lead to some serious health problems and productivity issues. Our mission at WeGoRo is to make the lives of people brighter and tension-free. We would like to offer you advice on how to fight tension and ways to prevent it from occurring.
This 4-part exercise will help relieve tension in your head, neck, spine, and lower back.
3 pressure points to relieve you of stress:
Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Bend Pose: Sit erect with your legs stretched out in front of you with your toes slightly bent towards you. While taking a deep breath, raise your arms over your head and stretch. Exhale and bend forward with your chin moving towards your toes. Stretch out your arms and let them reach as far as they can. Inhale and slightly lift your head. Exhale while moving your navel towards your knees. Inhale and come back to normal erect sitting position. Slowly exhale and lower your arms.
Uttana Shishosana or Extended Puppy Pose: Come to all fours (Tabletop position.) Exhale and slowly move your hands forward while lowering your chest to touch the ground. Release your head so that the forehead touches the ground. Inhale and pull your hips up and back. Breath deeply and hold on to the position for about 10 breaths. Then release the pose.
Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend Pose: Stand straight with your feet touching each other. Raise your arms overhead and then slowly bend forward and try to reach your toes. Take deep breaths and hold on as long as you are comfortable. Then slowly start raising yourself and raise your arms overhead and then slowly come back to the normal standing position.
Massage your temples: Use your index, middle, and ring fingers to apply pressure on your temples for about 10 seconds. Take a 5-second break and repeat. Perform it 3 times.
Eye Massage: Close your eyes and use your index and middle fingers to start massaging your eyes from the inner side of your eyes near the bone marking the start of your nose and work your way toward the outer side of your eyes in a circular path. Repeat it 5 times.
Palm Massage: Using your right hand gently rub the inside of each of your fingers on your left palm and then rub your palm. Repeat the same for your other palm.
Don’t forget to drink water before and after this massage therapy as water helps dissolve the toxins released.
Avoid alcohol and smoking.
Stay hydrated: Drink about 2 l or about 8 glasses of water every day.
Sleep well: It is necessary to give the body proper rest. It is recommended that you sleep 8 hours daily. Try sleeping in a dark room, with no noise to distract you. Also, it is important that you maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
Take over-the-counter medication: If you seek immediate relief, you may try some over-the-counter drugs. But exercise caution while using them and do not make it a habit.
Visit a doctor: If over-the-counter medication does not work or you have a recurring problem, it is best to seek a doctor’s guidance.
Seek a licensed chiropractor’s help: Spinal manipulation therapy performed by a licensed chiropractor can help you get rid of headaches and backaches.
We hope that this article will help you deal with tension and stress. Do you have other techniques to deal with tension and stress? Do let us know in the comments which of these methods are most preferred by you!
Illustrated by Igor Polushin for BrightSide.me