With the holiday season upon us, between shopping, travel plans, and family gatherings, anxiety levels rise and your body reacts by producing a “fight or flight” chemical reaction. These hormones put your body at greater risk for illness, high blood pressure and a multitude of other health issues.
Although burying your head in the sand and cancelling plans is one response, there are other more helpful ways we can choose if that is not a viable option. If we apply simple yet effective measures to help the body cope, we reduce the production of those hormones which in turn helps reduce the anxiety that causes it.
Hand reflexology methods can be applied regardless of where you are, as long as you can spare just a few moments. Each part of the hand is connected to different parts of the body. The fingertip pads represent glans in the center of the brain. Applying pressure to them can help with sleep issues such as insomnia. The next set down on your fingers , corresponds to your neck. Pressure to the inside area below your pinkies can help clear the lungs, bronchial, and chest.
Even if you don’t follow a reflexology guide, merely gently massaging your fingers and focusing on slower breathing can lower your stress response and help both your mind and body and possibly even head off a panic attack or tension headache. Once you turn this practice into a habit, you may want to look into a reflexology chart and see what techniques you can use to improve a number of other health issues.
Every little bit you can do to keep you in control of how stress affects you gives you a better chance of enjoying those times, creating the positive memories you can look back on as a treasure. Don’t you owe it to yourself to give it a try?