When going through an illness or an emotional or physical trauma, certain things have the ability to make you feel better. Some are old, traditional methods and others are very new. Starting with the new, here are some ideas to make yourself feel instantly better.
Red Light Therapy
Once lasers were the stuff of science fiction movies. Then different types of laser treatments became available at salons. Now low-level laser therapy is available for use at home.
Red light therapy is most commonly used at home to rejuvenate facial skin. However, there are many more red light therapy benefits. Red light treatments are soothing and can promote recovery and healing as well as provide better sleep and reduce inflammation.
When humans spent more time outside, they obtained healing red light from the sun. Because of the fear of UV rays and the popularity of sunscreens, humans are now more surrounded by the blue light of inside devices. Ten to twenty minutes a day of red light therapy can reverse this trend and start the healing process in a natural way.
Life can be hard both mentally and physically for people who live alone. They can sometimes feel isolated from the rest of society, which often leads to depression and stress, especially during times of illness or injury.
Pets are not only cute and fun to have around, animals have the ability to make people forget their troubles and feel more relaxed.
Companion animals reduce stress, which in turn, improves conditions like high blood pressure. Improved relaxation and happiness can even prevent many illnesses and can promote healing.
Pet owners do not have feelings of isolation or loneliness. Additionally, if your pet is a dog, you will not be allowed to skip your daily exercise. Even a short walk twice a day is enough to lift your spirits.
When there is a long list of things to be accomplished, often items pertaining to self-care are the first things to be eliminated.
There does not seem to be enough time in one day to take care of everything. If you don't find ways to rejuvenate and de-stress, though, you will not be able to accomplish the other items on your list.
Build things into your schedule that you enjoy rather than eliminating them. Write in things like "read for half an hour" or "purchase and light a new candle" to your lists every day. Having an item on the list gives you "permission" to accomplish it. Small things can go a long way towards positive mental health.
Paying attention to your emotions as well as your aches and pains instead of trying to ignore them is self-care and will pay off in the long run.
Maintain the "Machine"
If you compare your body to your car, you will soon see that you treat your car better. No one would intentionally let their car run out of fuel, but people consistently do that to themselves by not eating correctly. Likewise, a car needs other fluids to run properly. If you can replenish the brake fluid and the windshield cleaner, you can also take the time to keep yourself properly hydrated.
A car that just sits in a garage for a few months may not start right up when it's finally taken out. People who sit still for months are also going to be slightly impaired when they try to go on their next hike.
Like cars, people need energy, fluids and exercise to feel their best. The next time you're tempted to eat junk for dinner or drink too much coffee, think of your car and treat yourself that well.
There are many options for healing your body and mind. The next time you're stressed or injured, remember that there are simple methods to help yourself. From drinking enough water to brushing your pet or being in the presence of a red light, there are many things you can do to help yourself.