2020 has taken its toll on most of our health. People have reported aches and pains related not only to muscle tension but also to stress, is that so?
We are already aware that stress may lead to serious health problems –it can cause systemic inflammation and lower immune function. That is why experts recommend activities that can relieve stress such as meditation and exercise. Despite all the tools you’ve probably used to reduce stress, there is only so much you can do to escape from the stress of this new world. We can, however, relieve the symptoms of stress –such as pains and aches– with these techniques.
1. Increase human interaction
Friendship is a pain reliever and it needn’t be in person, you can call your friends, organize Zoom meetings to stay in touch with friends. It has been proven that human interaction can reduce pain.
2. Sleep well
For people who don’t sleep enough, sleeping longer reduces pain sensitivity and is likely to help relieve all types of pains.
3. Include ginger and turmeric in your regular diet
Regular consumption of turmeric and ginger –like juice or tea– has been shown to decrease pain to some degree.
Massage not only relieves physical pain but also functions as a stress reliever.
5. Salt baths
Salt baths relieve pain and lower stress, which ultimately leads to further pain relief. Epsom salt, rich in magnesium sulfate, helps relax muscles and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
6. Alternate heat and cold
If you are trying to reduce pain caused by swelling, cold can help and for more generalized pains, heat can provide a soothing effect. You can alternate between heating and ice pads –or even hot and cold water– to find out what works for you.
7. Try stretching
When we feel some pain, it is natural to stay still, and while you have an active injury, you are doing the right thing. But if the pain is stressed-induced, it is much better to do exercise or incorporate stretching into your routine.
Sex can help relieve headaches and chronic pains because of the feel-good chemicals released during orgasms –endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine.
We need to learn to cope with stress, as it is part of our life and helps reduce stress-induced aches and pains, which is a good place to start.
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