10 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress Naturally
- Identify the Sources of Stress in Your Life
However minor or major, the sources of stress can effect your appetite, mood, sleep patterns, immune functions, cognitive functions, mental perception and even sexual health can be affected. Recognizing the sources of stress can help you to mentally and physically prepare for or cope with daily stressors.
- Balance Stress Sources
After identifying your sources of stress you need to find a way to balance them. Your top sources of stress are really weighing on you both physically and mentally. Try to divide them up evenly and devote the same amount of time and energy to each source. This will help you to focus on rectifying the cause of that particular stress but not necessarily worry and ‘stress’ over it.
Physically activity can help work out the negative effects of stress on your body. Releasing endorphins is a great way to release built up anxiety. When your body is relaxed it also helps your mind to relax.
- Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep makes you vulnerable to anxiety and feelings of worry or panic. It can be difficult to sleep especially when you have a stressful event going on in your life that keeps you awake at night. Take an extra 15min to 30min to calm yourself down before bed. Don’t drink caffeine just before bed. Clear your mind and focus on breathing deeply and letting any unsettled matters or worry leave your body for the moment. Think of a short sequence of calming words and let them invoke you as you cuddle up in your bed. CALM – PEACE – RELAX – WARM. You can even think of a flavor or a persons face that brings you a lot of comfort.
- Practice Deep Breathing Exercises Daily
Breathing exercises can help to reduce the EXTRA built up tension that is caused by stress. They can help you unload the added weight caused by stressful situations and help your mind re-focus it’s efforts. Doing these daily can help your body to naturally respond and release or exhale added stress in immediate / unexpected stressful situations.
- Take a Day off
Everyone needs a little “ME” Time and we all look forward to days off. Stress can come from various sources and sometimes we just need to get away from it all. A vacation is not always in the cards right when we need it. So we suggest taking an extra day off when you’re at a boiling point. If you can’t take one off during the week due to work, then take one weekend day and devote it to extra sleep, taking a walk in the park, shopping, or whatever you LIKE to do that brings you enjoyment. This will help you mentally give yourself the extra attention you may need or the sense of happy and wellbeing you deserve. You will feel calmer and more relaxed after enjoying a day off and the rest of the week won’t seem as stressful.
- Pursue a Hobby
Keeping your mind busy is important to your sense of wellbeing. Work, deadlines and personal responsibilities are constantly filling your mind with stress, nervousness and feelings of worry. Take a load off by entertaining your mind with a hobby. Reading, writing, painting, fishing, collecting, knitting, and sports are all great hobbies. They let your mind take a vacation in the middle of the day or after work. You are in control of your hobby and there is no deadline on a hobby. This will keep your mind busy with healthy aspirations and personal achievements while allowing you to physically release some of your bottled up feelings and built up anxiety.
- Avoid Junk Food
Eliminate foods that create stress on your body. Processed foods such as artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, candy, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, foods heavy in preservatives and or heavy spices, chips and other snack foods. These can bring you down and make you feel sluggish.
You know the old saying, “Take time to stop and smell the roses” well it’s true. If you stop to smell the aromas of nature you can have a day filled with less stress. Relaxing can be as simple as smelling! Chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, vanilla and sweet marjoram are all natural aromas that stimulate the brain and promote a sense of relaxation. Nature produces beauty and aroma meant for us to enjoy, you can use essential oils or incense.*Put a drop on a tissue and carry it with you, if you start to get stressed just pull it out and breathe in a calming aroma.
*You can also burn incense in your home when you come back from work.
This will comfort you and help you develop your calm happy place; you will actually forward to it after a long day.
- Learn to Relax.
We are all in demand in some way in our daily lives. Some of us need more encouragement to let loose than others. Teach yourself that relaxation is important to your overall physical and mental wellbeing. You can live a longer, healthier life if you are not always stressed out. Calm down, breathe, let it go. Take a walk, get a massage, listen to soothing nature sounds, get an extra nap in, go out dancing, but just relax!
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