There are healthy levels of stress and then there are levels of stress that completely wipe you out. For those of you working in a highly demanding work environment with the work hours changing without notice, you’ll probably find yourself more than a little stressed out at the end of the day.
If you leave your stress unchecked, you may find yourself affected by a whole variety of different physical effects. These are just a few:
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Frequent urination
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty sleeping
In addition to these physical effects, that can also some detrimental effects to your mood and behavior. This can result in:
- Lack of motivation
- Unnecessary anger
- Social Withdrawal
In order to combat these negative effects of stress, there are a variety of home remedies that can help you recover and feel refreshed.
Epsom salt has a soothing effect that can help calm you down when you are under stress. Add this into your next warm bath and it will help reduce stress, make you feel relaxed, ease anxiety, insomnia and irritability.
Chamomile is a well known herb known to reduce stress. It has a calming and soothing effect that helps relax muscles and promotes a healthier sleep. This is best to enjoy before bed resulting in a sound sleep and a revitalized sense of being in the morning.
Getting a body massage is a common stress reliever for many people. Massages help to release pent up tension in the body and makes you feel relaxed and loose. Either book yourself an appointment at a local massage clinic or ask your partner for a relaxing rubdown after work.
Yoga and other styles of meditative techniques are a simple way to reduce stress any time you need it. You don’t need anything to meditate except a quiet spot to relax your mind and shut off every thought that goes through your mind. For the best results, focus on creating slow and deep breathing allowing more oxygen into your body which creates a calming effect all over.
CHANGING YOUR WORK HABITS
Wearing more comfortable clothes or shoes is an effective way to relieve sores and pains during a stressful day at work and is something you can do before you get home.
As a nurse I’m always on my feet. This causes a lot of pain and sores that can affect the entire body and consequently the mind. These are some of the most comfortable shoes for nurses and other professionals who are on their feet all day.
Another effective thing to do is make sure you take regular breaks from the computer or from sitting inside. Getting fresh air and sunshine, even just for five minutes, is such an effective way to elevate your mood and de-stress.
What are your favorite ways to de-stress after a hectic day at work? Do you have any go to home remedies for stress relief? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear them.