10 things you can do right now at home to relieve stress, according to an acupuncturist

Life is super weird right now. Anxiety and stress are at an all-time high so now may be the time to think outside of the box when it comes to taking some of that pressure off. Though many people may put acupuncture—the ancient practice of inserting the end of a thin needle into your body to relieve pain and reduce stress—under the woo-woo medicine category, you may want to take a second look.

A 2015 study found that acupuncture helped people with anxiety that didn’t respond to other treatments. The study subjects received ten 30-minute sessions of acupuncture over 12 weeks and saw a major reduction in their anxiety, even after only 10 weeks of treatment. It can also be great for helping with pain points in your body. A 2012 study found it had a positive impact on chronic pain conditions like neck, back, shoulder pain and headaches.

Of course, due to the quarantine, most of us can’t get acupuncture right now (unless you are or live with a professional acupuncturist.) But the next best thing we can do is listen to an acupuncturist about how to bring down our stress levels. Gabriel Sher is the Director of Acupuncture at ORA. He gave Ladders a few tips on keeping calm during this crazy time.

  1. Stop reading on your phone about the Coronavirus because it will make the most relaxed person have anxiety.
  2. Use essential oils and candles (She suggests the ORA Summer in the woods candle and Aromatherapy Mist  by Será.The lavender, clary sage, and pine  smell evokes a fresh, uplifting, and energetic clarity.)
  3. Try apps that help with meditation and calm . Simple habit is my favorite
  4. Reorganize your closets. Get rid of stuff you don’t need. Organize
  5. Call your friends you haven’t had time to connect with in the past.
  6. Make your home warm and comfortable. Buy soft Comfortable sheets towels and bedding. Move things around. Buy nice lighting and candles.
  7. Eat well. Make nice healthy meals. Get back to nourishing your body in a healthy way.
  8. Take a bath and make it super luxurious
  9. Take walks and breathe
  10. Find a calm place outside. Create your own space and breathe