How to Get Cure for Stress and Depression Applying Acupressure Therapy?Anxiety
In this article, you will learn some useful acupressure techniques for self-healing relating to stress and depression. Stress is a part of everyone's life. While there are many, many ways to deal with stress, a simple, no-side-effects approach is the use of acupressure.
It is my own experience that acupressure, meditation and breathing exercises reduce stress and anxiety, relax you, improve your sleep and develop a growing sense of inner calm. The effects are immediately noticeable, however you must practice daily for a couple of months to get maximum benefits.
We can use many alternative therapies to fight stress and depression which are safe but acupressure offers a very good solution for this common ailment. When Acupressure stress relief points are pressed, tension releases, increasing the circulation of blood and the body's life force energy to aid healing. Acupressure relieves pain, trauma, burnout, and maintains good health through self-care. By relaxing the body and relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Tension tends to accumulate around acupressure points. When a muscle is chronically tense or in spasm, the muscle fibers contract due to the secretion of lactic acid caused by fatigue, trauma, stress, chemical imbalances, or poor circulation. When you are under stress, you may breathe shallow. Since Acupressure releases stress, you may be able to breathe deeply with ease and feel remarkably relaxed.
Acupressure for easing mental stress and relaxation
1. Sit still with eyes looking forward and teeth clenched, use the palm to pat evenly over the crown of the head, 20 times,
2. Press the thumbs on the inner sides of the eyebrows and knead 30 times.
3. Wipe the forehead with the middle knuckles of the index fingers, 30 times.
4. Press and knead the corners of the forehead inside the hairline , 30 times.
5. Press and knead along the back of the head within the hairline with the thumbs, 30 times.
6. Knead the lateral side of the wrist on both hands, 30 times.
7. Knead 3-finger-breadths above the inner malleolus of each ankle , 30 times.
8. Finish by rubbing the center of the soles of the feet, 30 times.
The massage is helpful for insomnia, mental fatigue, absent-mindedness, drowsiness and listlessness. When kneading or pressing on particular points, there should be enough force to bring about numbness or soreness, while rubbing or wiping should create a feeling of warmth.
Using deep breathing for relaxation:
The key to deep breathing is to breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much fresh air as possible in your lungs. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath, and anxious you feel. So the next time you feel stressed, take a minute to slow down and breathe deeply:
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