health care news and tips: 62 percent of germans want less stress
aroma therapy: more than relaxation by the fragrances - soothing breaks at naturheilzentrum bottrop
at the moment the fitness studios are clearly fuller than usual though the holidays are over. the unusually high demand for cardio training and fitness courses has a reason: the new year is only a few weeks old. and thus all the new year’s resolutions for 2017 are still present. the great majority of the germans made plans at the turn of the year. more sport and exercise are still high on the list of priorities for many.
the forsa institute launched a survey. more than 3000 responded on behalf of the german health insurance company DAK. the trends have been similar for many years: less stress, more sport, and more time for the family. new is, however, the intention to go offline more often. after all, every fifth German wants to significantly reduce his media consumption in 2017 by using the mobile phone, computer and internet less.
the staff in the bottrop health and prevention center think this is a good idea. with this in mind, the respondents of the survey are knocking on the doors of nabo (short for naturheilzentrum bottrop). because whoever refrains from his mobile phone and other devices regularly, and who consciously withdraws from the online world regularly, does himself something good. "one is much more relaxed, the ability to concentrate increases", says the bottrop practitioner farid zitoun knowingly. And other positive side-effects also occur. "you just have more time. time for sport and exercise. with that we can immediately put another good intention into action."
lack of relaxation can permanently make you sick
quoted on the list of good intentions for 2017 is also the desire for less stress. 62 per cent of the germans intend to reduce or avoid stress. especially for the generation between 30 and 59 years of age, this wish, according to the results of the current forsa study is a key point. almost 70 per cent of them want to relax more in 2017.
"relaxation is very important, as the body and the psyche are permanently under stress, which can make one sick", says christian rüger. stress is a natural reaction. "and in earlier times it was also important for survival. our body produces stress hormones in stressful situations. they release energy reserves. but today we are rarely on the run nor do we have to physically fight for our survival. today, there are other challenges that we must face."
this includes the everyday stress on our streets, crowded buses and subways on the way to work or the constant effort to get family and job under one umbrella. the consequences can be diverse: sleep disorders, tension, metabolic disorder, increased blood pressure. "that is especially why regular relaxation is so important", the naturopaths know. small breaks can work wonders.
heart and nerves react to the fragrance of roses - essential oils can show positive effects
fragrances particularly have a great relaxation effect. the smell of fresh rosemary: good for the body and spirit. the carstens’ foundation reported on a study from 2014 that roses for example, can show positive effects on the autonomic nervous system. the participants felt much more relaxed, the aroma of the fresh petals had a positive effect on their heart rate and the parasympathetic nervous system.
at naturheilzentrum bottrop, we know about the effects of fragrances. in aroma therapy they are deliberately used for the concomitant treatment of various diseases. "essential oils have a significant effect on our central nervous system," christian rüger explains. and they can also show effects on the mind. the odors activate sensory stimulus which can cause emotions or trigger memories. "in this way different body functions are influenced, the aromas can soothe, but also stimulate." above all, they can have a positive effect on our mood.
from naturheilzentrum bottrop: fragrant oil baths as a pleasant time out
if you want to realize your intention to reduce stress in the new year, we have an interesting health tip: "essential oils are also absorbed through the skin." a bath with relaxing oils can be a soothing break, as well as countering stress and restlessness.
application for time-out at home:
add 250 g of bitter salt to the bath, and then add the oil. for relaxation add 5 drops of lavender oil in combination with 5 drops of ylang-ylang oil (cananga odorata) and 5 drops of sandalwood oil, available in a pharmacy or a health shop. (for clarification of possible allergies from the above application seek advice from a physician or an alternative practitioner).
instead of lavender and sandalwood, jasmine oil can also be used. maximum bathing time: 20 minutes.