The bathroom isn't just for showering and brushing your teeth. It is a place to focus on our wellness and relax, prepare for the day and leave our worries behind us. By enjoying small moments of relaxation every day, you will prevent stress for a long time – and your home will become an oasis of peace.
It hurts, it burns – it’s tense
Muscle tension is one of the most common diseases of civilization, as several studies have shown. Anyone who sits too much during the day or at work or does not move properly will soon develop an incorrect posture and a tense back. This is unpleasant and should not be taken lightly:
A permanent false posture can quickly lead to chronic pain and eventually end in a pinched nerve that ties you to bed for days or even weeks. To prevent this from happening in the first place, we have compiled a number of wellness tips to help prevent and relieve tension.
Solutions to ease tension
Promote recovery with a healthy lifestyle
There are several ways to fight tense muscles and the associated pain. Many people immediately reach for medication to fight pain. Ibuprofen, paracetamol, ASS and naproxen are the most popular helpers. However, the medicine cabinet should not be your first stop – there are gentle and natural ways to relieve tension.
Wellness starts with nutrition: sufficient magnesium, for example from whole grain products, spinach or bananas, prevents muscle tension. You should also drink enough to keep your muscles supple. Finally, the best remedy against tension is regular exercise – you may have heard people say "keep moving to stay healthy", and for people with desk jobs, this is more important than ever. If muscle tension does occur, there are two other therapies.
Massage and heat therapy to ease tension
The first remedy that comes to mind for treating tension is manual or massage therapy. This involves loosening muscle knots by applying gentle or firm pressure, which in turn releases tension in the muscle fibres. This can be done by a professional massage therapist or even by yourself at home. If the pain is acute and severe, a gentle massage can also be pleasant.
The gentlest method of relieving tension is heat therapy. The muscle is warmed up with infrared light, heating pads or a bath, which promotes blood circulation. Adhesions are transported away quickly. Whirlpool tubs or bathtubs with massage jets combine these methods in one home wellness system. Strong jets of water knead your muscles in a hot relaxing bath. One trick is to rub the affected muscle area with an essential oil such as mint oil before getting into the tub. From the outset, this ensures a significantly stronger blood circulation, supports the healing effect of the bath by creating a pleasant contrast of hot and cold sensations, and clears the head.
In addition to incorrect posture, stress is a frequent companion in our daily lifestyle. In an increasingly fast-paced world, it is important to take breaks and eliminate sources of stress. This is not only true in quiet phases, but is also a must during very stressful times.
Stress burdens not only the psyche, but also the body – often with lasting consequences. Therefore, taking a an occasional break in the middle of a strenuous work day or while managing a family is not a sign of laziness, but of wisdom – only people who know how to take care of themselves are able to take good care of others.
Phases of stress
Relax and rest
Leave your worries behind
It may sound trivial, but a short deep breathing session can work wonders against stress. Sit in the sun and simply let your mind wander during your lunch break. A short nap before the children come home from school will give you more energy for the rest of the day – "power napping" is just a modern term for a well-known activity. A short siesta of about 15 to 30 minutes relaxes the body and mind.
Afterwards, you can get back to work quickly because you won’t fall into a deep sleep in such a short time. Last but not least, it is essential to get enough sleep on a regular basis. A relaxing bubble bath will help you sleep deeply and well – after all, tomorrow is another day.
Get adequate exercise
A jog around the block before going to work in the morning wakes you up and keeps you fit. Just two or three sessions per week will produce noticeable effects. And why not ignore your car and take the bike or walk to work or appointments in spring and summer? People who cycle even short distances every day stimulate their circulation, build muscle and strengthen their heart. Even seemingly small things can have a big impact: for example, people who do their shopping on foot instead of by car or take the stairs instead of the lift effortlessly incorporate regular exercise into their wellness routine.
Small steps to a healthy lifestyle
Not everyone can start jogging or cycling long distances overnight. However, this does not mean that you should forgo exercise at all. One or two leisurely walks of thirty minutes, for example after lunch, get the circulation going, stimulate the muscles and keep the joints supple. You can set your own pace and don't have to rush. You can also enjoy the sun when the weather is nice – this will make you feel good and helps create that all-important vitamin D.