If you’re like most of us, you feel the effects of stress on your daily life. You may be irritable, tired, cranky, unable to focus, and more. Many of us try to fight our stress, but we find that employing that tactic can add tension, rather than reducing it. When the tactic doesn’t fit your life, it’s hard to apply it.
Fortunately, it’s easy to learn some ways to deal with the stress in your life in a manner that fits into your everyday lifestyle. It’s important to do this so that you can reclaim your days and feel better in everything you do.
Acupuncture and Stress
Many people wonder if acupuncture actually does any good. A recent analysis of the available literature shows that it is effective in treating anxiety. Since stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand, this means that getting acupuncture can lower overall stress levels.
Another study shows that acupuncture and massage both may be able to lower anxiety levels, especially in women. When used together, patients experienced a 98.39% reduction in anxiety levels. While this study is small, it indicates that this treatment may be worthwhile, especially if you’ve tried a lot of different things to reduce your stress levels.
In a study focusing on elderly patients, acupuncture alone also reduced stress levels. While the researchers could not determine why the acupuncture worked, they confirmed that patients who received acupuncture were less stressed.
Sleep and Stress
Getting enough good-quality sleep is also essential if you’re going to reduce your stress levels. Sleep and stress can get into a negative cycle. People feel stressed, so they don’t sleep well, which results in them feeling more stress. Unless you intervene in this cycle, you can end up in quite a bad place.
Work on improving your sleep by implementing some good sleep habits. You might be surprised at how much you will sleep better when you have some of these in place.
Make sure your bed is comfortable. You need a mattress that feels comfortable, but you also need one that correctly supports your spine. You want to maintain neutral alignment, so you don’t end up twisting your back in one direction or another. If you are uncomfortable, it will be harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Go to bed at the same time every night. This consistency trains your body to get tired at the same time every evening. If you can’t sleep until late, go to bed 15 minutes earlier every 2-3 nights until you are falling asleep at a time that allows you to sleep at least seven hours.
Make sure your room is dark and quiet. Both noise and light can negatively impact your sleep. Minimize these distractions with curtains and white noise, and your rest is sure to improve.
You don’t have to live in a stressed-out haze. Sure, it takes some time and energy to implement new techniques and habits, but that will more than pay off when you are less stressed and, instead, living your best life.