7 Tips To Relieve Physical Stress In 5 Minutes

Date December 18, 2017

When a person is in a state of stress, he loses clarity of thought and makes spontaneous decisions he may soon regret. Mental tension makes the human body vulnerable and may even lead to various diseases.

The good news is that you can regain your composure by relaxing certain muscles!

How stress manipulates us.

During moments of stress, the so-called reptilian mind (reticular formation, subcortical nodes and middle brain) turns on in the human brain. This primary brain controls the main vital functions (breathing, the metabolism of the bodily organs, stereotyped reactions and movements) and is responsible for the human instinct of survival. When in stress, this instinct becomes dominant and temporarily affects a person's ability to reason in a dangerous situation.

The perception of fear or danger releases stress hormones that accumulate in the body over time and cause increased tension. Relaxing certain muscles can help a person to get rid of physical stress and return composure.

Where is the source of physical stress?

The psoas muscle, which is referred to as the "muscle of the soul" in the Taoist tradition, plays an important role in the strength and flexibility of the body. This is where physical stress accumulates. This long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and the brim of the pelvis is important for many reasons. 

Every time you are scared or stressed, your brains switches your body to survival mode. Meanwhile, your blood receives great amounts of adrenaline. If the person does not respond to the threat, the stress hormones remain in the body, including the muscles.

Since the psoas muscle is one of the largest muscles in the body and takes a central position, it is the place where you store trauma and stress that influences your mood and outlook on life. A muscle block in this part of your body can lead to health problems, such as eating disorders, increased anxiety, decreased immunity, and insomnia.

Relieving the body of stress.

Your body may be in a state of stress even when you don't even suspect it is. When feeling tired or apathetic, you may think that a good night’s sleep is all you need. While night rest is extremely important, stress needs to be tacked differently. 

Below are 2 effective methods for relieving stress from the muscles, including the psoas muscle:

1. Craniosacral therapy

This non-invasive treatment is not designed for external effects. The therapy uses a gentle touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of craniosacral therapy may also apply light touches to your spine and pelvis, bringing more awareness and putting your body in a parasympathetic state.

However, you should not expect an instantaneous result. The state of your body will improve gradually!

2. Yoga

The second way to cope with physical stress is practicing yoga. This ancient practice helps to regulate breathing and relax the various joints and muscles of the body, including the psoas.  Yoga works both on a physical and an energy level. It effectively relieves stress and harmonizes the entire body.

How to relieve stress in 5 minutes.

If you want to quickly relieve stress, there are several ways to choose from depending on your preferences:

1. Meditation

Regular meditation can reduce muscle and nervous tension well. All you need to do is sit in a quiet secluded place, concentrate on your breathing and think about something beautiful and positive for 5 minutes. If you repeat this procedure twice a day, you will easily relieve your body of stress!

2. Massage

Even a simple self-massage can instantly relieve physical stress. But, of course, you'd better contact a certified specialist for a full treatment procedure.

3. Smile

A smile can moderate your heartbeat and reduce nervous tension. This effect is achieved through special movements of the facial muscles.

4. Rubbing the hands and feet.

When a person experiences stress, his body, due to the emergency mode, redirects all its resources to the vital organs of the body, namely the heart, brain and large muscles. As a result, a person's limbs become cold. However, the person just needs to warm their hands and feet (for example, by rubbing them) and their nervous system will receive a signal that the situation has changed for the better.

5. Exercise and fitness

Physical activity contributes to the production of endorphins, the hormone of happiness. Even two minutes of fitness will give you the desired result.

6. Chewing gum.

Chewing reduces motor anxiety. After a few minutes of chewing gum, you will feel significantly relaxed.

7. Using water

Simply moisten your wrists or the areas behind your ears with cool water. Because there are large arteries in these areas, water will cool them down both in the literal and figurative sense of the expression.

Active lifestyle

In addition to making your body stronger and building endurance, motor activity is a powerful means against stress. It activates the heart and burns adrenaline. When we move, our body produces the hormones of happiness. That's why with physical exertion, both our mood and physical state improve instantly.

If you want to keep your body healthy and fit, you need to lead an active lifestyle. Even a few simple activities (walking, playing outdoor games with children, etc.) a day will improve both your physical and mental health!

Even though you can't avoid stressful situations, you can at least control your body by listening to the signals it gives. Follow these simple tips that will help you cope with your emotions and regain composure.

Source: CureJoy, Жизнь без стресса

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