By Ayishat Olanrewaju
Sometimes whenever I hug a loved one, after feeling overwhelmed or stressed out due to something bothering me, I instantly feel relieved. Have you experienced that?
I’ve discovered that there are common therapeutic things that we might take for granted, such as hugs. If you’re under a lot of pressure or stressed out, check out these 7 therapy tricks that will help you out;
- Hugging: How do you feel after hugging a loved one? Wait, I don’t mean just going around hugging a random person, I am talking about hugging a loved one here. Is hugging really therapeutic? “Scientists say that giving another person support through touch can reduce the stress of the person who needs comfort. It can even reduce the stress of the person doing the comforting”, Healthline reports.
- Sleep: Do you get enough sleep? Do you realize that sometimes when you have a lot on your mind, and you sleep afterwards, you wake up with a different perspective on those issues? Sleep is a stress reliever and it is very much needed. According to VeryWell Health, “When your body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress”.
- Cooking: To some people, cooking can be a form of therapy. I actually feel the same way sometimes when I cook, I feel energized and better. There is also something called “Culinary Therapy”. According to CRC Health, “Culinary therapy encompasses cooking and cooking-related activities, such as cultivating a garden, planning and preparing meals, and educational grocery shopping and restaurant experiences. Under the supervision of a professional chef and/or therapist, patients learn about diet and nutrition and develop a healthy relationship with food.” As cited in Huffpost, Michal AviShai, a culinary arts therapist who has an MA in art therapy from Lesley College said “Giving to others fills us in so many ways…And even more so when it’s cooking because feeding fulfills a survival need, and so our feeling of fulfillment comes not only from the good of the act of giving, but also the fact that we have ‘helped’ in some very primal way. We have given fuel.”
- Music: How do you feel after you listen to some really good music? In fact, there is something called music therapy! According to VeryWell Mind, research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and psyche.
- Take a walk: Most times whenever I take a walk just for the sake of it, I get the opportunity to process somethings better and have a fresh perspective concerning a situation. Taking a walk is very beneficial and some times are taken for granted. Mary Shull, a licensed therapist cited that “medical research has long proven that physical exercise results in physiological responses that empower the body to fight against the effects of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.” It may interest you to know that there is also something called “Walk and Talk Therapy”
- Take a shower: Whether you want to take a hot shower or a cold shower, they are both relaxing and can be therapeutic. According to PMA Online, “Regardless of the temperature, the benefits of taking a bath have been scientifically proven and can ensure optimal health of the mind and body.” However, it is important to know when to take hot showers as well as when to take cold showers
- Talk to someone: Have you ever spoken to someone and you feel instantly relieved and better? Finding someone to talk to can sometimes be therapeutic for some people.
Taking out time for yourself and caring for yourself doesn’t have to be expensive, try these methods out!