National Relaxation Day is here and on a Monday to boot!
We know that relaxation is fun but more so, it plays an important part of a healthy lifestyle. While stress in small amounts seem to be okay and can even be a driving force of motivation, relaxation keeps us balanced and is essential for our mental wellbeing and physical health.
Which is why every August 15th, on National Relaxation Day, we take time amid our hectic lifestyles to slow down and rewind from the impacts of too much stress. Being over stressed and overworked, can take its toll on your body, making you feel sick, run down, and tired.
Relaxation can lead to better sleep, improved mood, enhanced concentration and memory, and better physical health. (Plus, it’s usual fun and simple.)
How to Relax
Relaxation should be easy enough, right? But often when we are stressed or exhausted, we gravitate towards the type of activities that can deplete us or add more stress to our bodies. Discovering a healthy antidote to stress will put you on track towards establishing relaxation habits and stress management all year long.
At Aligned Modern Health, we offer a range of evidence-based wellness services that are calming, natural, and complimentary to your health goals in reducing stress.
Stress Reduction with Aligned Modern Health
Modern medicine and holistic techniques go hand-in-hand when it comes to reducing anxiety and combating stress-related illness. Here’s a look at some of our favorite approaches to stress reduction.
Acupuncture is a natural way to treat anxiety and for some, may work faster than therapy. Acupuncture for stress relief works by slowing down the body’s production of stress hormones and allows the body to take back control when under stress. As Everyday Health explains, acupuncture can help people feel more balance and treat a variety of illnesses by helping the nervous system produce painkilling chemicals, jump-starting the body’s natural ability to heal, and stimulating the part of the brain that controls emotions.
Did you know that you can eat to beat stress? The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you can create calm by picking foods that work to balance your blood sugar. This restores balance to hormones that regulate stress in the body. A great place to start is opting for whole real foods, combined appropriately for your body’s needs. Our Functional Medicine team suggests using this rule of three:
1. Dark Leafy Greens
2. Omega 3 Fat Sources – especially, wild caught salmon and avocado
3. Fermented Foods like kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut
Your mother always wanted you to sit up straight and she had good reason to. Studies show that adopting good posture in the face of stress can help self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to slumped postures. Good posture goes beyond good looks. Experts believe that it may build resilience to stress. Chiropractic Care, often accompanied by Rehabilitation Therapy, is an excellent approach towards learn postural correction and understand the relationship between your spine and your health.
Feeling is believing when it comes to the stress reducing benefits of massage therapy. But also, science helps. Medical studies continue to reveal the transformative power of touch in reducing harmful levels of stress hormones in the body. Among relaxation benefits, massage can lead to significant reduction in cortisol, can lower heart rate and blood pressure, may relax muscles, and increase the production of endorphins for that natural “feel good” sensation. As a result, massage therapy has become a mainstream, medically based approach to dealing with everyday stress.
To learn more about our top-rated massage therapy treatments and other stress reducing wellness services, including Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, and Chiropractic Care, please visit us to schedule a complimentary consultation.