Before I started working for myself, I was one of those employees who was under almost constant stress. Everything had to be perfect, and if it wasn’t I thought about it incessantly. I took my job home with me and thought about every little thing while I was home. Sounds like fun, right?
Whether it is related to a job or of a more personal nature, the reality is that there will always be stress. And, if left unattended, stress can suck the joy right out of life. So here are seven natural stress remedies.
Sure, stress is a normal part of everyone’s everyday life. And in fact, there are certain types of stress that are actually motivating and can be good for you. There are also bad types of stress, however, that can build up and if you let it – it can take over your life.
There are numerous treatment options available to choose from when it comes to stress reduction. Turning to the help of natural stress remedies is a healthier choice, and it is possible that opting for a more natural approach will help you to get to the root of your stress. When you know what causes your stress, you will be better equipped to recognize it and stop it from happening in the future.
Here are some of those natural stress remedies:
- Practice deep breathing techniques. Breathing deeply can actually work wonders on reducing stress. Your breathing is a connection between your conscious and unconscious mind. When you are stressed, you take more shallow and short breaths. Instead, counteract the stress, relax your body and calm your mind with long, deep breaths. You’ll feel better.
- Be mindful of what you put into your body. Think about what you consume on a daily basis because it can directly affect the way you feel and have an impact on your stress levels. It is very important to eat nutritiously, maintain a balanced diet, and limit substances such as caffeine, especially later on in your day.
- Try herbal remedies. Look into stress-reducing herbs like valerian, passionflower, and kava-kava. These remedies can double as remedies for problems such as anxiety and insomnia.
- Extra time for yourself. When you are highly stressed, you may feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to accomplish everything. This might lead you in the wrong direction – you may cut out doing things for yourself even though they’re vitally important. Pay close attention to your own needs. Go out of your way to make extra time for yourself to reduce your stress and rejuvenate your mind and body.
- Take up a leisurely diversion. Think about adding something that you enjoy to your life. If you like digital photography, take a walk and grab some shots outside. If you enjoy painting get to it. Take a class. Bird watch. Sail. Or, if you’re a writer write.
- Practice relaxing activities to break your routine. Try a new relaxation technique. Yoga and meditation are not the only ways you can relieve your stress and breathe new life into a dull day. Others include tai chi, biofeedback and autogenic training.
- Maintain a regular exercise routine. Exercise is such a great way to combat stress. It does wonders to keep your body fit and your brain active. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain, which energize you and reduce your stress levels.
There are so many ways to combat stress – try to get creative when it comes to discovering new ones. Your ultimate goal is to avoid getting caught up in your stress. Instead of letting stress run your life, make the decision to be the one in charge. You will be able to easily recognize when negative stress is taking over. Turn to one of your natural remedies to banish it from your life for good!