Tuesday, 09 April 2019
Did you know that April is Stress Awareness month? Stress is a normal part of our lives these days.
In fact, we need a small amount of stress to keep us motivated and on the ball. However, living with high-stress levels over a long time is unhealthy, and can lead to aches and pains, trouble sleeping, and a general lack of well-being.
We all know that big life changes are stressful, such as moving house or starting a new job. Although these situations are usually short-lived, we tend to bounce back afterwards, as long as we take care of ourselves in the meantime. Most people have their own way to manage stress, but did you know that taking the time to sit down is just as important as being active?
Here are some great ways to wind down in the comfort of your own chair:
Take time out for yourself
It sounds obvious, but letting yourself have some simple rest and relaxation at home during busy times is one of the best ways to manage stress. Make a date with yourself to sit comfortably in your favourite chair with your phone switched off, so you aren’t disturbed. Use this time to treat yourself by listening to a favourite piece of relaxing music. If your favourite tunes are too upbeat for this, read a good book or an interesting magazine article. Comedy is a great stress-buster, so even sitting back and watching an episode or two of your favourite TV programme is another great way to unwind!
Practise breathing and mindfulness
Mindfulness techniques are great for managing stress. You have probably spotted some mindfulness apps in your phone or tablet app store. Why not try one, so you can sit and relax? You don’t need to sit on the floor; it is important to be comfortable but alert. Some mindfulness sessions are just a few minutes long and even a short time sitting mindfully helps to calm you down. If you want a break from technology, sit in your chair with your eyes closed, breathe in for a count of six, hold for a count of six and breathe out for a count of six. After a few rounds, exhale for longer than the inhale and you will feel more relaxed.
Lie back and have a nap
When driving or sitting at a desk, our muscles work hard to keep us upright. Standing for long periods is equally tiring for our bodies. Luckily, having a lie down just to catch a breather works wonders for reducing stress and tension. So, reclining in a chair with proper lumbar support and adjustable positioning really helps take the pressure off. If you opt for a dual motor rise recliner, you’ll find that you have more control when you recline. While you’re lying back in your chair, how about having a short sleep? The benefits of napping are well known - it’s like pressing a reset button in your brain, so you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to go again.
Comfy and cosy
If a stressful situation is making you feel anxious, try cosying up in your chair for half an hour to help you feel safe and in control again. Our favourite chairs are often a safe place where we can come back to ourselves. This is especially true if we have some comfy cushions and a nice throw to snuggle up in too! Some people use a gravity or weighted blanket to reduce stress and restlessness. You could try writing some of your thoughts down in a journal or the notes app on your phone, to get your ideas in order while you’re feeling safe and snuggled.
Enjoy a massage
Stress can leave us with tight muscles and a variety of aches and pains in our bodies, whether it’s from a hard day at work or a major life event. We all recognise the feeling of tight shoulders and tension headaches when we’re under pressure. An excellent way to relieve those knotted muscles is by having a massage to get the circulation going again. By working on our bodies, we have a positive impact on our minds too. Fortunately, with a massage recliner chair you don’t even have to leave your home to enjoy the benefits of this tried and tested stress-busting method. Our massage chairs have an 8-point vibrational massage function, which is guaranteed to help you chill out.