Often, you may hear of the newest method for managing stress and how research shows that it reduces health problems. But what is the best method to use? For instance, I just read about floating in a tank of water with colored lights and bath salts and how it can reduce pain, depression, and anxiety. Although these claims are likely to be true, it doesn't mean this method is better than other methods. It may sound pleasant to some, but at $50 to $100 a session several times a week it can be costly for most people.
Even though I promote relaxation audios, Qi Gong, and mindfulness, it doesn't mean these methods are any better than other methods to manage stress and associated health conditions. What research has shown is that any method that allows us to shift our focus to a present awareness or to the relaxed but awake “alpha state” can benefit our health when we engage in these practices routinely.
Therefore, you don't need to pursue the “latest, scientifically proven” method because they all do the same thing. Think of it like exercise. No particular exercise is better than any other to obtain health benefits. The only important thing is that you do it.
So, how do you decide what method to use for stress management? It's really very simple:
1) What do you enjoy? If you choose something that is pleasant and enjoyable you are more likely to continue doing it.
2) What is easy for you to do routinely? If it is easy to include in your schedule you are more likely to make it part of your daily routine.
3) What is within your budget? Many methods are freely available. You don't need to spend money to obtain the health benefits.
4) What works for you? Each person is different. For instance, floating in a tank of water may seem quite horrifying to some people with anxiety disorders. As a result, they are less likely to benefit from that method. If one method doesn't work for you, try something else.
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