5 Natural Ways To Relieve Stress
Tue, Jan 26th, 2021
In 2020 and so far in 2021, there's been a lot of things to be stressed out about. Whether it's related to COVID-19, keeping your business afloat, social issues, etc., it has been a tough year for many people. In fact, 70% of adults in the United States say they feel stress or anxiety daily. If you're feeling stressed, it's important to take the necessary action to unwind or calm down. High levels of stress have been linked to heart attacks, headaches, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and a weakened immune system among other health issues.
In this blog, we'll provide you with five natural solutions to reduce stress levels to help you lead a steady, productive and healthy life!
Did you know physical stress, such as exercise, can reduce mental stress? You reap the strongest benefits when exercise is a part of a consistent routine. There's a chance you might notice you are less stressed after going for a run or a bike ride, but you will notice an even greater impact if you do this on a regular basis. The reasons behind this are:
- Exercise lowers the stress hormones in your body, such as cortisol. It also releases endorphins which are chemicals that improve your mood.
- Exercise can improve your sleep, which can be negatively be affected by stress and anxiety.
- Regular exercise can make you feel more confident in your body, which promotes a positive self-image and mental well-being.
Meditation helps you build skills to manage stress and anxiety. Focusing on the here and now will increase your self-awareness and promote a new perspective to reduce negative emotions. Exercises such as deep breathing can make you feel at peace and slow your heart rate. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response.
Stress can build up when tasks, bills, etc. build up and become overwhelming. Procrastination then causes you to feel like you need to tackle everything all at once. Becoming organized and staying on top of your priorities reduces the mental burden you put on yourself. Focus on tasks that need to get done today and don't worry about tomorrow.
Write it Down
Does writing things down help you acknowledge things in your life? If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it oftentimes causes you to lose perspective about what you're really grateful for.
- The health of a loved one
- Having a roof over your head
- The lyrics to a song that put you in a good mood
When writing things down, get as general as you need to. You can even be thankful for the comfortable bed you're laying in or a sweatshirt that's keeping you warm. One positive thought can translate into a chain reaction of positive notes on a pad of paper.
Eat Healthy Food
If you're dealing with stress or anxiety, does your heart rate increase after eating certain foods? If so, it's time to change your diet. Common foods that have been known to help reduce stress are:
- Dark Chocolate
- Green Tea
There are a variety of other foods that help reduce stress and anxiety. Conduct a search and countless foods that you like will pop up. Implementing some of these foods into your everyday diet will help promote anxiety relief.
This past year has thrown a curveball at many individuals. But there are solutions to high levels of stress anxiety. These natural practices can help you get back on track and lead the life you did before 2020.
*If symptoms persist, contact your doctor and schedule an appointment to resolve the stress and anxiety you are experiencing.