Four Ways to Manage Stress

Manage Stress

2020 and 2021 have been a hugely stressful period and there is a distinct link between stress levels and our physical well-being. 

 

Stress can deplete our energy reserves and lower our immunity. 

 

If you feel stressed, it is crucial to take time to release emotional and mental tensions. In this article, we’ll be looking at four ways that you can do exactly that. 

Take Mindfulness Breaks

To release stress, try taking a few mindfulness breaks during the day. Start by closing your eyes and becoming aware of your body, relaxing your shoulders and any other parts of the body where you feel tension. 

 

Take your time and with your awareness, go through each part of the body one by one, relaxing and releasing. Do not forget to breathe. This only takes a few moments and will have a great impact on your wellbeing. 

Stay Grounded with Massage

We are much more susceptible to feeling stressed and overwhelmed when we are not grounded. In order to anchor the racing mind we need to get back into our bodies. One of the best ways to achieve this is with massage.

 

Receiving a regular massage can make a huge difference in regaining and maintaining our sense of inner strength and balance. 

 

In fact massage is so important to our wellbeing that in many traditions it is recommended to do a mini self-massage regularly if not daily. This is a great way to maintain the benefits of your professional massage in between visits.

Unwinding

This is a simple and powerful way to release tension in your body and mind. You will need about 10 minutes of alone time where you won’t be interrupted. 

 

Start by standing, sitting down or laying on your bed. Close your eyes, let go, and allow your body to release tension. You may feel like swaying, contracting, lengthening etc. 

 

You may notice that you start yawning which is a sign of tension leaving your system.

 

Take as long as you need to rest afterwards and come out of the process. You will be amazed at how light and refreshed you will feel! If you are having difficulty feeling into your body try putting on some music that speaks to your heart for the process. 

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You can also stand with your eyes closed, bend your knees slightly, relax your body and start bouncing gently. This may help you connect and feel what is happening inside yourself more easily.

Invite Restorative Sleep

To get better quality sleep, avoid electronic devices for at least one hour before bed. This gives your mind a chance to unwind. 

 

You can play relaxing music, do some gentle stretching, take a warm bath…anything that helps you let go of the tensions of the day. 

Join One Of The Best Massage Therapy Schools In Las Vegas Today!

At Northwest Career College, we operate one of the best Massage Therapy Schools in Las Vegas, and our Massage Therapy Course will teach you the skills you’ll need to apply the benefits of sports massage. 

 

The benefits of massage therapy are widely recognized, with employment for massage therapists expected to increase by 22% between 2014-2024, with an average massage therapist earning $39,360 a year. Additionally, many massage therapists maintain active, private practices, increasing both their flexibility and earnings. 

 

Our massage student clinic is open seven days a week, for both your and your client’s convenience, and we offer day and night classes to accommodate your work and family schedules. 

 

Our instructors are experienced professionals who will prepare you to sit for either the NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage) or the MBLEX (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards) exams, and we are proud of our 100% board pass rate. Call us at (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment specialists today!

 

Written by:

Barbara Alcaraz, M.A., B.A., L.M.T.
Massage Therapy Program Chair
M. A. Organizational Management, University of Phoenix
B.A. University of Minnesota, American Studies
L.M.T. Northwest Health Careers

 

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