Take a big breath and give yourself a credit for successfully managing to look away from breaking news long enough to find some resources that might actually help with your stress and overall well-being.
Mental health should not be neglected, especially during the COVID-19 scare. Too much stress can hurt your immunity and your mental well-being, and it’s a perfect time to do something about it. Acknowledging your feelings can help you cope in a healthy way. Anxiety that’s brought by constant barrage of current headlines might have you feeling like you’re losing control.
Sounds trivial, however taking a "breather" can help to reduce your stress levels by lowering a stress responsible hormone - cortisol. Your deep, regular breathing can be a very effective tool for calming down and regulating your anxiety.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress.
The benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t. Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones such as cortisol. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers. Being active will help your sleep patterns and will boost your confidence - you will feel more confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental well-being.
Massage will significantly reduce stress -either- physical or/and mental.
Stress can physically occur within muscles after injury or overuse, causing a build up of tension, resulting in pain increase. I
If you work from home, your posture might get damaged from bending over desk, sitting on folding chairs, sofas, beds or at a coffee table for months, which normally leads to crippling pain.
Massage improves posture - that leads to an opening of the chest area, as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion needed for optimal lung function.
When the parasympathetic nervous system responds to massage, your breathing rate slows down and becomes deep and regular.
Mental stress is caused by a hormone called cortisol which can also increase anxiety and depression. Where small amounts of stress can be good for a person, too much stress can cause pain, fear and self-doubt. Massage will increase relaxation, reduce pain and improve a person's overall mood.
Respiratory conditions can have a significant impact on exercise tolerance and independence with everyday activities.
Massage focuses on maximising physical function and helping you manage your symptoms.
A particularly beneficial way of relieving respiratory issues through massage therapy is tapotement, a rhythmic, percussive stroke used in Swedish Massage. When performed on the back, along with vibration and shaking, tapotement can loosen mucus in the lungs and increase airway clearance for better lung function.
Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that can benefit from massage therapy. When respiratory muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns. Massage techniques to lengthen and relax these muscles improve breathing capacity and function.