Humanity has always faced troubling times, but a modern life that keeps us tuned in 24/7 allows little reprieve.
Do you experience any of the following?
If so, you may be experiencing high levels of stress in your life.
While small amounts of acute stress can improve performance and alleviate boredom, most of what we experience these days is chronic and damaging.
Living life means there will be stressors no matter how much we try and avoid them. We can’t realistically expect to eliminate all stress, but we can employ certain tips and tools using our five senses. Here are some to try to help calm body and mind.
Food as therapy is a common but frequently ill-fated practice. When we eat that slice of chocolate cake, it may give us momentary satisfaction but we’re left with a sugar low and empty caloric intake. That’s not to say we should never enjoy a treat. But if our food choices are consistently unhealthy, they can lead to more irritability and depression and may impact stress levels as well.
Food affects mood, so choose healthy, whole-food options.
The skin is the body’s largest organ and is extremely tuned to external stimulus. Imagine the cloudlike feel of a freshly laundered soft towel or the warm touch of a loved one’s hand, and you can see how powerful a tool touch can be to help us relax.
For the ultimate healing experience that engages all five senses, look to nature to lift stress levels. Experience the sight of a bright blue sky, the smell of wild flowers, the feel of sand beneath your feet, the sound of wind rippling through the leaves, and the tasty crunch of a freshly picked apple.
Whether you enjoy outdoor sights and sounds by visiting the country or going to an urban park, spending time outside greatly benefits concentration, mood, and creativity and, ultimately, relieves stress.
“5 creative ways to relieve your stress” by Lauren Armstorng, MA, BS, RDN, www.NaturalWellness.com, 4/17/20
“Use your 5 senses to manage stress levels” by Matthew Tull, PhD, www.VeryWellMind.com, 7/16/21
“Weighted blankets: do they work?” by Eleesha Lockett, MS, www.Healthline.com, 8/29/19