Mel Braham, CEO and wellness expert at B-Well CBD has trawled through TikTok to reveal top tips to reduce stress.
Weighted Eye Mask
Many people who suffer from insomnia try using a weighted blanket, but did you know you can also use weighted eye masks to reduce stress? A weighted eye mask can help relax tension around your eyes and reduce stress. In the case of weighted eye masks, they come with the added benefit of deep pressure stimulation and deep touch pressure, which decreases the activity of your body’s sympathetic nervous system.
ASMR is extremely popular on TikTok with over 234.1 billion views on the hashtag. ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is a relaxing, often sedative sensation triggered by sounds such as whispers, crackles and repetitive movements. ASMR helps relieve negative mood symptoms, including feelings of depression or stress.
When you are feeling stressed, squeezing a stress ball activates the muscles of your hand and wrist; releasing the grip allows the muscles to relax. The repeated pattern of grip and release helps to alleviate tension and stress, this improves nervous system functioning and reduces essential hormones, which control and curb stress levels.
This next technique can help to relax your body and reduce stress and anxiety. The 4-7-8 breathing technique involves breathing in through your nose for four seconds, holding your breath for seven seconds and exhaling for eight seconds. This will calm your body and control your breathing.
Holding ice to distract yourself and suppress feelings of anxiety is another trick shared on TikTok. Rather than holding the ice still in your hands, we suggest wrapping the ice in a towel to avoid irritating the skin. Temperature changes could help individuals experience a sense of relaxation to cool the body and reduce stress.
This final viral hack is beneficial to soothe anxiety as well as stress. When feeling anxious the hacks suggest using this simple 5-4-3-2-1 method which focuses on the following: 5 things you see, 4 things you feel, 3 things you hear, 2 things you smell and 1 thing you taste. This will distract your mind and allow you to focus elsewhere and therefore reduce stress.