We all know that commuting causes stress, but how much?
Several studies have shown that, for many people, commuting is so stressful that it causes issues such as headaches, body pain, digestive problems, fatigue, sleep disturbances, concentration problems, and low mood or depression.
These effects are more prevalent in individuals who drive themselves, and, worryingly, each added travel minute correlates with an increase in health problems...so what can you do about it?
One helpful regimen for this type of stress is Salt Therapy–an all-natural treatment that can help with not only stress and anxiety, but skin problems, respiratory issues, and overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Salt Therapy can help with commute stress in a variety of ways!
Stress, especially the cumulative stress of a long commute every day, can cause depression or low mood.
That’s almost an hour a day you’re sitting in traffic, and almost ten days out of your year that you’re giving up!
It makes sense that long commutes cause us to feel depressed. This is where Salt Therapy comes in.
The dry salt dispersed in the room during a Salt Therapy session produces negative ions, which can help your body to produce serotonin and elevate mood. It’s an all-natural treatment for depression and other mood disorders.
If your commute stress is causing you to suffer from bad moods, depression, or concentration issues, this helps so much!
These negative ions also help to reduce stress and fatigue and improve sleep. Salt Therapy is a holistic approach to improving your mental and physical wellbeing.
Stress increases toxins in your body. As your stress accumulates, so do those toxins!
Stress can make your body a more toxic environment in several ways: It can increase inflammation, affect your hormones, and impair your immune system, resulting in chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, skin problems, body pain, and depression.
You may have heard a lot about inflammation in the body, but what does that actually mean?
Well, when inflammation occurs, it means that chemicals from your body’s white blood cells enter your blood or tissue to protect your body from invaders.
When this happens, the blood flow increases to the area that’s injured or infected. It can cause redness, warmth and swelling.
This process is similar to the process your body goes through when you have allergies.
So, is inflammation bad? Not when it’s doing its job–fighting off foreign invaders that are actually harmful to the body.
But it can be harmful. It’s associated with arthritis, asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and more.
Toxins can also contribute to hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance is something many of us already suffer from.
The animal products we consume typically cause elevated hormone levels, and so do the use of plastics and other materials. In addition to these environmental factors, many people take hormonal medications, such as birth control pills.
When you take all this into account, it’s clear why so many of us are out of balance when it comes to our hormones.
But our bodies have an amazing detoxification system–the liver. And it works wonders when it comes to getting rid of those excess hormones.
However, if we keep introducing more and more toxins into our systems (via the foods and drinks we consume, the materials we use on a daily basis, etc.), the liver is not able to properly process those excess hormones.
This is how toxins can cause hormonal imbalances.
Overloading the Immune System
When your body starts to take on more toxins than it can handle, it pushes your immune system into overdrive, causing it to work harder and struggle to keep up.
When your immune system is overburdened, you may notice symptoms like headaches, problems concentrating, digestive problems, and mood issues.
Luckily, Salt Therapy can detox your body.
The dry salt particles dispersed in the air during a Salt Therapy session are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, helping to detoxify and remove impurities from our bodies.
This can help to improve your lung and skin health, as well as your overall health.
Other Health Problems
Stress can also cause migraines, anxiety, and sleep issues.
When migraines are caused by stress, it’s usually because the blood vessels are inflamed. If this type of inflammation is a migraine trigger for you, Salt Therapy can help to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines by reducing inflammation.
It can also help to reduce the pain and frequency of migraines and other types of headaches by promoting tension and anxiety relief and by strengthening your immune system.
Salt Therapy can help with feelings of anxiety.
A Salt therapy session can also help with sleep problems! Salt therapy treatments help to encourage longer, more peaceful and more rejuvenating sleep, especially if done regularly.
When the dry salt is inhaled, it lines the walls of the airways and loosens mucus from your sinuses and airways, which promotes easier breathing, reduced snoring and improvement of sleep apnea.
Salt Therapy also has a natural relaxing effect on the body which encourages sleep.
If you have a long commute every day, it’s not the end of the world. Commute stress can be managed, and Salt Therapy can help with many aspects of it.
De-stress the All-Natural Way with Salt Therapy
Many of us instinctively avoid exploring our stressors more deeply, but by tackling these issues head-on, you can not only reduce the effects of stress, but reduce your overall stress!
When you’re feeling more relaxed and happy, breathing easier, have healthier skin and are in a better mood, you start a cycle. Less stress leads to less stress leads to less stress.
We want you to leave stress behind and focus on you. We want you to feel good!
Are you in the Austin, Texas area? Try Salt Therapy for your commute stress at Sage Blossom Massage today.