STRESS TIPS, STRESS IMPLICATIONS AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE BENEFITS
5 STRESS MANAGEMENT TIPS
1. Eat, Sleep and Drink. Basically eat healthy food, get consistent sleep, and maintain good hydration. (easier said than done, but don’t take these for granted!)
2. Meditation – You don’t need to be an expert. Take yourself to a quiet room, when you feel stress coming on. Lie down, get comfortable, breathe slowly, close your eyes, and just stay still for 10min.
3. Get healthy routines back in your lifestyle. If you used to feel great waking up at 5am every morning to workout before work just try to get back into it. Limit sitting time, sitting is the new smoking. Regardless of physical activity, sitting is shown to shorten life expectancy. Limit your time watching screens, whether it be TV, gaming, etc. Healthier options are gardening, walking the dog, taking a power nap, reading a book, or exercise. Physical activity has the added bonus of releasing dopamine and serotonin in the brain which help regulate your mood.
4. Socialise with positive people. For the introverts, a quick call to a relative, a walk with a friend once a month. We need people in our lives to communicate with, it is what makes us human and it makes you feel better. However, spend too much time around people that only whine and moan about insignificant issues and see how you feel after. Not great I imagine. Your social life impacts you, and like anything else, it takes work to improve and make it a positive factor in reducing stress.
5. Make lists, be productive with your time, and stop procrastinating. When something is nagging at you in the back of your head to be done, and you know time is running out to complete the task - Don’t Wait Longer! Try making a plan and remove the stress of procrastination from your life. There is no time like the present.
IMPLICATIONS OF STRESS ON HEALTH/PERFORMANCE
Remember that feeling in your stomach when you are really anxious or nervous. That is your body physically reacting to stress or anxiety causing gastrointestinal issues. It’s quite incredible that the mind has that much control over our body. It can cause our stomachs to crack the ****s literally!
In the short term stress can also cause muscle tension, physical exhaustion and fatigue, and headaches. In the long term stress is associated with disease, general illness and injury. Stress plays a significant role in how your body feels. How you perceive pain. How and where you hold muscular tension in your body.
Athletes out there, have you ever noticed stress tie into your training and competition performances? Can you tell the difference in how your body performs when you have a great day verses the days you train after being in an argument or highly stressful situation.
ROLE OF MASSAGE IN HELPING ATHLETES
For athletes, stress is a scary prospect because it impacts performance. You could work on strategies with a qualified professional to manage stress, to ensure on competition days, when it counts, you can deliver the physical performance you are capable of doing.
You might never have considered a sports massage therapist to help facilitate emotional and physical well-being before. Having read how closely stress is tied to a negative physical response, one of my jobs is to help manage stress to facilitate athletes in reaching performance goals. How does a massage treatment do this?
Some of the most difficult times for athletes are getting injuries. This is in part due to the emotional stress of not being able to do your normal routine, and all the worry and uncertainty associated with an injury. Sports remedial massage treatments will be able to treat both your mind and body. Reduce stress. Improve performance.
The benefit of remedial massage is that you will hopefully be able to disconnect from the stress/burden of the injury for the session. The responsibility of dealing with the issue is no longer yours for that time. It is important that you get treatment where you are listened to, and by someone that will boost confidence and positivity, and quell uncertainty, worry and doubt. The skill, thoroughness and application of the massage makes a big difference, but how someone talks to you and listens to you matters.
It is my job as the massage therapist to treat in a way that facilitates all my clients emotional and physical well-being to reach high performance.
“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be”
“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”
- Eckhart Tolle –
Let me know how you deal with stress below. What strategies can you share that might help others?