How to relax
Stress is at the root of many mental and physical illnesses and it is important that we all recognize the roots of it and be able to effectively deal with it.
Taking time to relax is more important than ever.
Let’s talk about how you can combat stress and relax using an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas.
How stress builds up
You just got an email from your boss that a proposal you’ve been working on for the last three months needs to be redone.
Your inbox is overflowing with 50 other emails that came in just in the last 24 hours.
The school nurse just called you to let you know that your little one just fell at school and needs to be picked up and taken to the doctor.
Your health insurance company is telling you they are not going to pay for the visit to your child’s doctor.
To top it all off, you have a splitting headache and just wish you could lie down and avoid all of today’s drama.
Talk about stress!
Everyone experiences stress from time to time; whether that stress comes from the loss of a loved one or is due to the impossible project that is due tomorrow.
It does not make you weak to admit that you are stressed out and need a break.
In fact, it may be the best thing you do for your mental health.
Over the long term, ignoring stressors can lead to chronic stress. Chronic stress can in turn lead to to weight problems, heart disease and severe mental illness.
So how do you deal with it?
How do you relax in a world gone crazy?
If you’re feeling tired from regular everyday stress, there are things you can do to relax and improve your mental health.
- Journaling. In one research study, researchers found that journaling helped people become self-aware of their problems.
- Exercise. This may sound counter-intuitive but exercise can relieve stress. Exercise has been well-documented to release endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in your brain that promote a sense of well-being.
- Sleep more. It goes without saying that a tired body is more likely to be stressed out.
- Create boundaries by saying no. In an effort to be helpful, some of us bite more than we can chew. While saying no may feel uncomfortable at first, it is important that you take care of proper yourself before you take care of others.
- Set realistic goals. A big reason people get stressed out is because they feel they have not met goals they set for themselves. Trying to lose weight is a noble and doable goal. However, trying to lose 30lbs in 30 days like the people on the TV show The Biggest Loser is an unrealistic goal that can cause a lot of stress if it is unmet. Unhealthy competition with ourselves and others causes more harm than good.
- Unplug from the digital world and enjoy nature. Yes, being tied to your cell phone and social media 24/7 is bad for your health. Turn it off and enjoy a breath of fresh mountain air or a walk by the ocean.
If you feel there is stress in your life beyond what is normal; an example would be the death of a loved one or the loss of a job that formed an important part of your identity for years; we highly recommend that you speak to a mental health professional.
Mental health professionals will help you to identify the root cause of your stress and provide you with personalized advice on dealing with it.
Apart from these methods of dealing with stress above, infrared saunas from Good Health Saunas can help you relax.
How can Infrared saunas help you relax?
As we mentioned above, stress deeply affects your body’s functioning.
Particularly, it can affect the motor, neurologic, muscular and circulatory systems.
Heat therapy has long been used in medicine to relax muscles and dilate (open up) blood vessels for better blood flow.
Within just a few minutes of the soothing heat that comes from our far-infrared sauna systems, you will experience a relaxing of knotted muscles and your body will begin to circulate blood better.
Improved circulation of your blood will deliver more oxygen to your brain which in turn will leave you feeling rejuvenated and restored both in body and mind!
Infrared heats also helps with the release of endorphins- the natural “feel good” chemical in your body.
Additionally, for those who are unable to exercise adequately, for whatever reason, the radiant heat from an infrared sauna is an excellent way to get the benefits of exercise without undue stress on your skeleton, muscles, and associated tissues.
Overall, using an infrared sauna for relaxation will significantly reduce your stress levels by improving your blood circulation, releasing muscle tension and helps with the release of endorphins.