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Why You Should Try Foot Reflexology To Boost Your Health

Why You Should Try Foot Reflexology To Boost Your Health

Many people don’t realize that they can cure a lot of their health problems simply by having their feet massaged. There are a number of pressure points in the feet that correspond to various parts of the body, and rubbing them in a certain way will help to ease other symptoms throughout the body.

This is known as the science of foot reflexology, and it is being used by people all over the world to treat a variety of health issues. Here are a few of the benefits you’ll receive when you try reflexology to boost your own health.

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1. You’ll enjoy some much-needed relaxation

Foot reflexology helps patients to relax, and it is good for fighting stress. Just think about how relaxing a nice foot massage feels after a long, hard day at work, especially if you have been working on your feet all day.

A foot massage is going to release blockages in your system, and help reignite your energy so you no longer feel stressed or fatigued. It only takes 5-10 minutes to get an awesome foot massage, and using warm oil will help to boost the effects of the massage. You can easily make your own massage oils using essential oils that can help you to relax even better.

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2. You’ll get better sleep

Again, a foot rub at night is a great thing. It is going to help you relax, and it will promote a better and healthier sleep than you would normally have when you don’t have a foot massage. It will also help you get to sleep faster. You will increase blood circulation and relax your nerves, which, again, will lead to a better sleep.

The part of the foot that should be massaged to promote better sleep is near the large plantar pad of the big toe. Each of the big toes should be massaged for a minimum of one minute, followed by massaging the bottoms of the feet for an additional 10 minutes.

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3. You’ll get rid of aches and pains

There are a number of aches and pains that can easily be treated with foot reflexology. It can even help to treat gout, which is an extremely painful form of arthritis, as well as headaches, migraines, neck pain, and back pain.

Massaging the toes and the toe joints will help to ease neck pain, and you only need to do it for five minutes. Massaging your ankle can get rid of pain and swelling in the ankle, while also combatting headaches and migraines. Rubbing the outer ankle bone and the Achilles tendon will help to relive lower back pain and thigh pain, and massaging the arch will help to relieve upper back pain.

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Again, there are many massage oils that you can make yourself, and loads of essential oils that can help to ease a lot of your aches and pains.

4. You’ll improve your circulation and have more energy

If you work at a job where you sit all day, it is going to affect your blood circulation. It is also going to drain your energy, even though you are not exerting a lot of physical energy. Even wearing the wrong shoes can affect the blood circulation in your feet, but you can improve it with just 10 minutes of foot massage every day. This will carry oxygen to the cells in your body, which will improve your overall health and give you more energy. Of course, you should also be wearing shoes that are comfortable and not too constricting. A foot massage will not only give you better circulation and more energy, it will also help to keep you from getting varicose veins.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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