When we think about back pain, we usually associate that pain with injuries, excess weight, arthritis and other such factors. While all of these factors are causes for back pain, what many don’t realize is that stress is also a major factor that increases and sometimes even causes such pain.
We’d like to offer you a few simple tips for ways you can reduce stress in your life and experience the benefits of relaxation.
Get Some Air & Move Your Body
Movement is one of the best ways to reduce emotional tension. Whenever possible, even if you need to bundle up in the cold, go outside and breath in the fresh air. Take a walk, short or long. Lift up your arms, look up to the sky, and breathe! Time spent in this manner can help clear your mind and relax your muscles.
Learn About Time Management
The level of demand we face in our lives continues to grow despite the many technological advances we are making. When we’re worried about getting everything done, our bodies get tight right along with our perception of time. There are many great books and teaching tools available to help you learn how to manage your time more effectively and even learn to be less demanding and more compassionate with yourself.
Be with People You Enjoy
When we make time to be with people we truly enjoy, the world becomes a sweeter and more relaxing place. Laughter releases stress and tension. Time with people who you care about and who care about you is an excellent stress buster.
When we worry and focus on negative situations or events, our chests tighten, our jaws tighten, our bodies tighten and our minds tighten too. Stress hormones course through our bodies preparing us to be ready to fight and defend. When we focus on positive situations and events, relaxation is a natural byproduct of our decision to focus on what is right rather than what is wrong.
Whenever possible, give yourself the opportunity to release those burdens that maybe can’t be seen with our eyes, but certainly can be seen and felt in our bodies. Using these simple stress reduction tips can help you care for your back and make a real difference in your health.