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We’ve all felt it before. Your head starts to feel a little heavier than usual. A dull pain wraps around your skull. Your neck starts to tense up, you can’t even look at the computer without wincing in pain. Yep…you’re stressed!
Whatever you are stressed about, there are solutions to ease the pain and discomfort that’s surely making you miserable. Stress not only haunts your mind, but it takes over your body. We want to free you from those horrible feelings, so here’s a list of ways to relieve yourself during tumultuous times.
Headaches. At one point, people thought stress headaches were formed by tight muscles in your head and neck. Nowadays, we think it’s from the fluctuations your neurotransmitters experience during times of stress. Your serotonin and endorphin levels are changing when you’re stressed, and this may cause head pain to develop.
To get rid of this dreadful pain, take ten minutes to engage in some “mindful relaxation.” This doesn’t mean sitting cross-legged while chanting. All you have to do is sit quietly, take a deep breath through your nose, and hold it for five seconds. Then exhale and repeat. Do this for ten minutes, and you’ll have lowered your blood pressure and feel calmer.
Breakouts. There are times when we get so stressed that we wake up in the morning and discover we are covered in blemishes. This happens because ongoing stress releases hormones that make our skin produce more oil. More oil means more acne and skin troubles.
To cure it, drink hot water with lemon. Susan Ciminelli, a spa owner in New York, says the beverage helps detoxify your skin. If your whole body is plagued with blemishes, try rubbing a loofah all over. Start at your ankles and make your way up slowly, making sure you get each part. This helps your blood circulate and gives you a refreshed feeling.
Stiff neck. This dilemma can even happen to those who aren’t stressed. Many of us stare at computers throughout the day, and thus our necks get very stiff. When you’re stressed, this stiffness is amplified as the muscles go into tiny spasms.
To cure it, try getting a massage. A particularly helpful massage is a hot stone one, which rubs out trigger points that cause your neck to stiffen up. If you can’t get to a spa, try Kneipp hydrotherapy. Get in the bath and make sure your water is as cold as you can handle. Then start alternating between cold and hot water. Ideally, you should do this about three times. If you can’t stand baths, you can do this by showering. Simply turn the faucet to cold for 10-60 seconds, then hot for 10-60 seconds. This opens up constricted blood vessels and removes toxins.
Fatigue. Stress causes us to lose sleep. If you keep losing sleep for many nights in a row, your days will be unbearable. You’ll have memory problems, and you’ll feel irritable and depressed. Doing anything productive becomes a struggle, as all you can think about is sleeping.
To cure it, try “thought stopping.” If it’s stress that’s keeping you awake, every time you start thinking about stressful situations, picture an actual stop sign. It will break your thought cycle and allow you to get your needed Zs. You can also try “progressive muscle-relaxation.” Start at your toes, tighten those muscles and hold them for five seconds. Then release. Keep doing this all the way up your body. Breathe slowly while you’re doing it to reach an even more relaxed state.