Stress is a part and parcel of our modern day lives while a little amount of stress isn’t much and you can cope with it, chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body. It can affect your entire system affecting your immunity, muscle tension, digestion and your cardiovascular health. Stress has been linked to every chronic disease of late. Most doctors would first suggest you, reduce your stress levels first before suggesting diet and other lifestyle changes.
But is it that easy to deal with stress today? Well, it isn’t but there are some tools which can help you cope, while exercise is certainly one of them, ( the happy hormones helps you in this regard ) and the other chief weapon in your armory is acupuncture and acupressure. This ancient holistic practice has been there for ages and many people have benefited greatly from this practice.
Acupuncture and Acupressure for Stress Relief
Acupuncture is based on ancient theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and it is based on a series of points that are located on the energy pathways (meridians) of the body. Energy, or qi, passes throughout your body through these passageways. Disease results, when the qi is blocked.
Acupuncture involves in inserting needles in these points and acupressure helps in activating these points with the application of pressure for a few minutes to initiate healing. Check out these 8 effective acupressure points to alleviate stress and anxiety.
8 Amazing Acupressure Points to Diminish Stress
There are several acupressure points that help deal with stress in a holistic fashion. Find out these points and stimulate these points on a daily basis to get relief from stress.
Lung 1 – The first point is the Lung 1 point and you will find this point or the Letting Go point, 3 finger widths, or cunning, right beneath the lateral third of the clavicle. This point is aptly named as via this point you can let go of the pent up feelings such as grief and this point release the blocked energy, or qi when we become caught in a vortex of stress and anxiety.
Besides, stress this point also helps get relief from anxiety, fatigue, and depression. You can also start breathing deeply when you activate the point. It is said most people take shallow breaths and are not able to tap on to the deep breathing benefits. This point could change all that.
Pericardium 6 – Locate the P6 point which is located three cun up right from the center of the wrist crease, towards the palm side and located between the bones. When you are upset, instead of giving into the avalanche of emotions and letting out your anger or angst, take a few breaths and start activating the P6 point as it eventually will help you calm down and balance your emotions.
Conception Vessel 17 – Also, known as the Sea of Tranquility point the CV17 point is located four cun up right from the bottom of the sternum towards the center of your chest. When you are upset and are unable to take control of your raging emotions try activating this point to banish the negative emotions and bring back your emotions on an even keel.
Large Intestine 4 – Find this all-important point located in the webbing between the thumb and the index finger. Release the muscle tension and stress with this potent point.
Gallbladder 20 – Locate this point in the occiput at the hollow indentation at the back of the skull, it not only helps relieve muscle tension but also helps release neck stiffness and eye strain.
Third Eye Point – This point is located right between your eyebrows, put medium pressure on this point gently, enable your face, head and neck relax bringing a sense of peace and relaxation.
Three Mile Point– Find this point located two finger width right below the kneecap and four finger widths more towards the outside region of the leg. Put pressure at this point, this helps balance out the energy flow, provides relief from fatigue and helps increase concentration. Apply pressure on this point for 1 minute and release.
Grandfather-Grandson– Find this point on one side of the inside of the foot and three finger widths right behind the base of your big toe. Activating these points not only energizes your body but initiates circulation of energy throughout your body and mind providing great relief from daily anxieties. It also provides relief from ankle pains.
Well, just activating these points may not be enough as you have to make adequate lifestyle changes to reduce stress and anxiety from your life. Make sure you are eating right that is adding the right amount of vitamins and minerals in your body. Sometimes the deficiencies of certain minerals can because you stress, such as B vitamins and magnesium. So, it is necessary to get yourself tested from time to time and see if you are deficient from any of the minerals.
Also, you need to indulge in activities that provide you with relaxation and relief from daily stress, some people find solace in music, some in reading some others in just talking it out with friends. Meditation and yoga are some of the other tools that provide relief. Try and meditate every day, this gives you some inner strength to combat daily turmoil.
Also, nowadays we are addicted to our gadgets, staying rooted in one place for hours together. Not only that, our work also ensures we sit clued into our gadgets, so to come out of that we must ensure that we take mini breaks every hour or so, just take time out and breathe deeply and also go out of your cubicle and take a walk around, disconnecting with your immediate surroundings that is causing you stress.
Disconnect from all your gadgets an or two hours before you hit the sack. This helps you sleep better. 8 hours of sleep is very important, every single day for optimal mind and body health. Go, ahead breathe deep and keep stress at bay with these tools and let us know in the comments section below whether these worked for you.