Your feet are some of the most hardworking parts of your body, but they get minimal love and care — at times none at all! If you want to show your feet that you appreciate them, consider giving them a massage upon hopping into bed. Spending 10 to 15 minutes of your time to massaging your feet lets you enjoy a number of perks!
Read on to know some of the benefits of giving your feet a quick massage before bedtime.
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We all know that one of the best ways to reduce stress is to have a massage. But in this day and age, not everyone has the time and budget to get a full body massage. Well, you can simply give your feet a massage if having a full body massage is not an option — you might get the same benefits, and some of the most impressive ones are:
Enhanced Blood Circulation
Especially if your work entails a lot of sitting or standing, blood can easily pool in your lower extremities, leaving your feet feeling heavy and tired. It’s not unlikely for your feet to be bloated, too, when you reach home.
And this is why giving your feet a quick massage before you take that trip to dreamland is a wonderful idea — just 10 to 15 minutes of massaging them helps improve blood circulation. The next morning, your feet are ready to take on the challenges of the busy day ahead!
Reduced Blood Pressure
When you are stressed and exhausted, it’s normal for your blood pressure to rise. If you want to keep your blood pressure within the healthy or optimal range, give your feet a massage the moment that you hop into bed to sleep — it’s something that can lower your blood pressure as it helps deal with high levels of stress.
Massaging your feet at bedtime (or during any time of the day) is also great if you are having an anxiety attack, which is something that can make your blood pressure soar.
Improved Sleep Quality
It’s no secret that both stress and anxiety can keep you wide awake at night. If you want to enjoy a good night’s sleep, spend some time to massaging your feet just before you attempt to catch some Z’s.
Suffering from sleep deprivation can worsen your stress and anxiety, and it can easily create a vicious cycle. The more sleep deprived you are, the more stressed and anxious you feel; and the more stressed and anxious you are, the harder it is to fall asleep. A super easy way to break that cycle is massaging your feet for 10 to 15 minutes.
Alleviated Symptoms of PMS
Do you hate it when your period is about to strike because of the many different unfavorable symptoms you experience? Then it’s definitely a good idea for you to devote 10 to 15 minutes of your time to massaging your feet as soon as you jump into bed to attempt to sleep away those pesky PMS symptoms.
Giving your feet a massage relaxes you and also makes you feel nice, which can result in the alleviation of stuff like moodiness and depression. Massaging your feet also helps reduce body aches that PMS brings.
Controlled Menopause Symptoms
Both menopause and PMS come with many different symptoms, all of which are nasty, because of the hormonal imbalance taking place within you. And just like when having PMS, massaging your feet can also help deal with those menopause symptoms — it works just like the way it does for alleviating PMS symptoms.
Having your feet massaged for a few minutes before you hit the sack is also recommendable if you are nearing menopause, which is medically termed as perimenopause.