For some people, relaxing isn’t as easy as kicking your feet up. When you're overwhelmed by stress, you may need to think outside the box to find different ways to relax.
Keep reading to learn how stress can affect your health and some of the ways you can relax when you’re overwhelmed.
Effects of Stress
Stress is a normal and healthy human reaction. The body is designed to react to stressors by changing its physical and mental chemistry to sharpen your senses, focus your energy, and protect you from danger.
However, stress is meant to be experienced acutely, not chronically. In other words, stress activates your flight, flight, or freeze response, which should resolve when the danger passes.
Modern life has so many stressors that people experience stress chronically, which leaves the body on high alert virtually all the time. Unfortunately, this can lead to physical and mental side effects.
Physical Side Effects of Stress
When your body experiences stress, the nervous system creates a planned response that results in numerous physical changes to your heart rate, breathing, vision, and more.
When you don’t release your body’s stress response through a calm, relaxed reset, the stress becomes chronic, leading to physical symptoms that may include:
- Headaches and other aches and pains
- Upset stomach and digestive problems
- Lowered immune response
- High blood pressure
- Muscle tension and jaw clenching
These physical responses cause undue wear and tear, leading to more severe physical conditions.
Emotional Side Effects of Stress
Unfortunately, the side effects of stress don’t stop with the body. Stress can adversely affect your mental health as well. Stress can cause several emotional symptoms, including:
- Poor concentration or brain fog
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Panic attacks
The emotional concerns from stress begin with the inability to calm or quiet the mind. As your mind sits in overdrive, trying to deal with stress, difficulties with sleep and concentration are imminent since you can’t calm your brain enough to “power down.”
As a result, you become tired and irritable, your concentration issues worsen, and you can develop anxiety. The combination of insomnia, irritability, and stress often leads to depression or panic attacks.
You can allow your stress symptoms to continue to build, or you can begin to explore new ways to break free and relax.
While avoiding all stress is impossible, there are ways to help manage it so you can use your stress response to accomplish your goals and then let go and relax. Here are some of the most effective ways to release stress before it becomes overwhelming.
Exercise is an effective stress reliever, regardless of the type of exercise you choose. Moving your body releases endorphins, clears your mind, and allows you to channel the physical symptoms of stress productively.
When exercising to relieve stress, selecting an activity you enjoy is essential. Exercising shouldn’t feel like another burden weighing on you. Instead, it should serve as a welcome break.
Meditation and Breathing Exercises
Mindful breathing and meditation are powerful tools for managing your stress response. Focused breathing and progressive muscle relaxation activities can release your body and mind from the physical strain of a stressful period.
Even five to ten minutes of breathing exercises or meditation daily can restore clarity and calm. Additionally, these methods are convenient options to add to your busy schedule.
Write It Down
Make lists, set achievable goals, and journal your gratitude. Frequently, simply writing down a plan or to-do list allows you to plot out your next steps so they’re not circling your brain when you’re trying to relax.
Another method to reduce stress is to take a few moments a day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. Simply acknowledging the good allows the bad to feel less heavy.
Schedule something you can look forward to, then make sure it happens. Whether that’s a massage or facial, time with friends, or a hike in the woods, start putting activities and time for your mental health on the calendar, and then stick to it.
Sometimes the best way to release yourself from the hold stress has on you is to take some time off. But unfortunately, while everyone wants a two-week vacation on a deserted island, that’s not always an option.
However, a day off from work and a trip to a nearby town or city may provide the change of scenery and reset that you need.
IV Therapy for Relaxation
Stress sometimes causes people to stop maintaining their nutritional needs. At Reset IV, we address nutritional lapses and the buildup of frustration and anxiety through our Relaxation IV Therapy package.
The Relaxation package is uniquely formulated to replenish your nutritional deficiencies, restore hydration, relax the nervous system, and slow your adrenal release. One Relaxation IV addresses a wide range of concerns.
Water has calming properties, and when you’re stressed, frustrated, or anxious, you might neglect your hydration, causing even more strain on your body. Our standard saline effectively hydrates the body, reducing any physical triggers from the dangerous combination of dehydration and stress.
Stress can deplete your body’s stores of vitamins. The stress response can cause you to use up its essential vitamins and nutrients rapidly. Additionally, it can prevent your body from fully absorbing the nourishment it needs.
Our Relaxation IV infuses a high-quality blend of vitamins C, A, B, B1, B6, D3, E, and K1, plus niacinamide and dexpanthenol, to re-establish the proper nutrients in your body.
Magnesium is a mineral that works with your body’s brain response to manage stress and anxiety. If your body is a car, and stress puts it into overdrive, then magnesium is your emergency break.
However, stress also depletes your body’s stores of magnesium. Our infusion replaces the body’s stores of this essential mineral so it can continue to manage the stress response.
Taurine is an amino acid that works to calm the brain and decrease anxiety. It also supports brain function and offers anti-depressant effects to those suffering from stress and anxiety.
Reset IV’s studied formulation in the Relaxation package provides a fast and effective way to restore taurine and the other nutrients essential for the body to manage stress.
Is IV Therapy Safe?
Since IV therapy is an emerging treatment for restoring vitamins and minerals, the question of the therapy’s safety is expected. Rest assured, IV therapy is a safe and remarkably effective way to restore nutritional deficiencies.
IV therapy at Reset IV is a safe and comfortable process. We travel to you, so you can receive the nourishment you need in a relaxed, familiar environment. Additionally, our treatments begin with a free consultation by our medical providers to ensure that there are no contraindications or allergies before you begin.
Reset IV only employs highly trained medical professionals to administer IV therapy. You can be confident that you’re getting the same level of care that you would at a hospital or clinic, with the same protocols as emergency rooms and urgent care centers.
Our medical staff is standing by, waiting to provide you with the IV therapy you need to restore your body to optimal health. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with chronic stress, know that you can call Reset IV 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’re here to restore your health.