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How to Reduce Stress Naturally?

How to reduce stress naturally

There are lots of ways to reduce stress naturally, but first, we would like to start off with a question. How are you? No, really, how are you feeling? Make sure you are honest with yourself when answering this question. It is okay not to be okay. Especially in these tough times where everyone feels as if they have lost two years of their life due to the viral situation outside.

Even if it wasn't for the global situation, we are constantly under an immense amount of pressure which in turn builds up inside our brain causing high levels of stress. And suppressed stress may lead to some serious health and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, asthma, obesity, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and even Alzheimer's.


What are some natural ways you can cope with stress?


1. Teas and supplements - some supplements can be a great asset when it comes to stress-related issues. Choose Omega 3 fatty acids, Lemon Balm, Green Tea, Valerian, or even the Indian miracle Ashwagandha. However, since all these natural remedies are highly potent, they may interfere with your medications if you are already taking some. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist about their effect on your medical condition.

2. Exercise - even though we may have spoken several times about the positive impact exercise has on your physical and psychological life, it is an honorable mention once again. Causing your body "physical stress" will help you get rid of your mental one. And not only that, but you will also be a lot more energized, healthier, fitter, and full of stamina. Of course, please choose exercises that correspond to your age, condition, and physical capabilities (disabilities). A safe way to go is stress balls. They not only help you get rid of your anxiety or even anger in an easy way, but they also strengthen your grip helping you control your upper extremities.

3. Reduce your coffee intake - Since this is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks, high doses can actually increase your anxiety. People can have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate in their system. If you start to notice that drinking coffee makes you anxious, consider cutting back.

4. Soothing music and deep breaths - Deep breathing can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. To better understand this, there are a few exercises you can do in order to breathe more correctly such as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration. When you breathe in deeply through your nose, your lungs fully expand and your stomach rises. As for the music, slow instrumental music can help you relax by causing lower blood pressure and heart rate. Nature sounds can also be very calming. Thus the reason why they’re often a part of relaxation and meditation music.

5. Spending time with your pet - several studies have shown that cuddling with your pet or just playing around with your furry pal can help you feel a lot happier and calm you down in minutes. Why does this happen? Interacting with pets may help release oxytocin, a brain chemical that promotes a positive mood. Having a pet may also help reduce stress by giving you a daily purpose, keeping you active, and providing companionship.

6. Spend more time in nature - spending time in nature opens up your mind allowing positivity to kick in. The smell of flowers, botanical plants, and animal sounds influence your brain in a relaxing way which in turn alleviates signs of stress.

 

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