Sarah's Top Ten Stress Reducers
Acupuncture is a wonderful way to improve circulation within the body. It has been shown to be an effective solution for treating systems associated with stress. Stress tends to tighten up the muscles, leading to several aches and pains.
2. Foot Massage/ Reflexology
The feet are our connection to Earth and major conductors of energy for our heart, liver, kidneys and other internal organs so it's important to take care of them!
3. Tui Na Massage
Chinese Medicine uses a unique form of massage that focuses not only the muscle but on the Qi circulation in the body. By opening up the meridian channels in the body, the muscle will naturally relax. This form of movement is also great to relieve several aches and pains in the muscles brought on by stress.
4. Chinese Herbs
There are hundreds of herbs in Chinese Medicine specifically designed to work on balancing the body to reduce stress. For Example: Xiao Yao San - a very popular formula known for soothing the Liver and moving Qi to induce relaxation and reduce tension.
5. Meditation: (Outside!)
The doctors in China encourage people to meditate because of its value on reducing stress and promoting health and well-being. There are many forms of meditation- Tai Qi, Qi Gong, Yoga, or a seated meditation. Doing it outside allows us to breath in fresh air instead of circulated AC. It's especially nice when the sun is out!
6. Chrysanthemum Tea or Lemon Water
Chrysanthemum is a light yellowish flower that has been used for thousands of years to relax and maintain a healthy liver. Lemon water is another great drink to soothe the liver. The sour taste helps relax the ligaments and connective tissue.
7. Jujube Seeds
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jujube seeds are used to reduce stress and produce a calm state of mind because they travel to the Heart and Pericardium meridians. They can also be brewed into a tea to help aid with sleep.
8. Valerian Root
Valerian Root has been used for several thousand years in China as a way to relax. The Greeks also used it as a natural remedy for stress. It's most commonly found as an ingredient in teas.
9. Stretching: Qi Gong/ Yoga
When you're feeling overwhelmed, light stretching and energy work, like yoga or Qi Gong, can help move your body in a way that isn't intrusive or too intense. These types of fluid movements and simple postures help open up all of the major joints, muscles, tendons and meridians so that energy can flow uninhibited to all parts of the body.
Exercising helps to physically move the qi of the body. Whether we're just going for a walk or doing something more blood-pumping, like a run or weight training, exercise increases endorphins (aka. the "happy" chemicals in the brain) which make us feel better by decreasing our anxiety and stress levels.