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5 Ways to Massage Your Whole Body by Yourself

5 Ways to Massage Your Whole Body by Yourself

The daily routine can take a toll on you, mentally and physically. You need to have relaxation time so that the body and mind can recover from exhaustion and stay fresh. Just as meditation helps in calming the mind, you can refresh the body by massaging it.

Massage is more effective and safer than taking prescription pills. You can massage your feet, head, shoulders or the thighs. You do not need to spend a lot of money on massage as you can do it yourself.

Here are some simple massage therapies that you could do yourself. In this way, you do not have to spend money to get a healthy and fit body.

1. Relieving the Stress of Tired Eyes:

It is possible that your eyes are tired after a busy day. You can relieve the stress of the eyes with a simple therapy.

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All you have to do is to close them and put your thumb under the eyebrows. You should start at the inside corner of the socket of eyes and press and gently.  massage using circular movement, working slowly towards the outsides of your eyebrows. Continuing the massage all around your eyes

It is a tender place and important for relieving the stress of the eyes. The movement should end at the bridge of your nose. If you repeat the simple massage using your thumbs, you will be able to relieve the eyes strain.

2. Getting Rid of Tension and Headaches:

If you are bothered by headaches then you can use a simple massage therapy to get rid of them. You can also release tension from your body with this simple therapy.

The first step is to place the thumbs on your cheekbones. The thumbs should be placed close to the ears. Apply pressure to the area by using fingertips. Do not apply too much pressure and the fingers should be gentle.

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Do not apply too much pressure and the fingers should be gentle. Rub your temples with fingertips. It is a delicate place present between the ear and the eye. You should apply firm pressure and use tiny circular motions. Move the fingers slowly along the hairline and they should meet in the centre of the forehead. This simple motion will make sure that that the whole forehead is massaged and relieved of any possible stress.

3. Keep your Hands Relaxed:

Here are some simple movements that can help relieving the strain of working all day. You can stretch the hands and fingers. You need to rub the fingers, starting from base to the tip of fingers.

You should also gently twist and pull each finger. The next simple movement is resting the left hand on your lap and make sure the palm is facing upwards. You need to squeeze the fleshy part of the hand between the thumb and index finger. The movement should move from wrist to the base of the thumb. The next step is to press the web that is present between thumb and left index finger. You need to repeat the movement more than once if you find any tender spots.

You should repeat the motion with the right hand as well. Hand massages are not just good for hands but can also help in relieving you of headaches.

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4. Get Rid of any Tension in the Neck:

There are easy massage therapies that can help in relieving any tension in the neck area. People spend a whole day sitting and working on their laptops or computer can suffer from tension in the neck.

If you feel pain in the neck area then it will be difficult to concentrate. You can release the tension by just moulding your hands over the shoulders and exhale. While exhaling you need to let the head drop slowly. You also need to squeeze the fingers as you glide them on the muscles of the shoulders and move towards the neck. The next movement is to put your elbows on the desk and let the head drop forward.

The movement should be slow and not jerky. You need to massage the neck starting from shoulders and going towards the base of the skull. Use the fingertips while massaging and do it with small circular movements.

5. Taking Care of the Feet:

If you have to stay on your feet whole day then you will end up with sore and painful feet. You can get rid of the pain before it becomes serious by massaging them. You can simply use a tennis ball for relieving the stress of the feet.

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Place the ball under the feet, put your weight on it and roll it from heel to toe. You can use a water bottle afterwards to ice your feet.

These are some of the simple massage therapies that you can do yourself. By practising them you can give yourself a full body massage without any cost.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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