Natural Tips To Manage Stress

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Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother

Disclaimer: If none of these strategies are working for you, and you are not feeling any better, please consult with a medical professional.

Are you feeling the stress and strains of daily life? If this sounds like you, don’t worry, most of us are and there is help . In this article, I will discuss some natural techniques to help assist with reducing stress.

It happens to the best of us, a racing heart, sweaty palms, and racing thoughts. In today’s fast-paced world, it can feel like we are constantly being bombarded by factors such as traffic, money, raising our children, caring for aging parents, and work deadlines.

Experiencing some stress is a normal part of life and can be helpful in some situations. Successfully managing work deadlines and completing household chores are perfect examples when stress can serve us well. Stress can serve as a motivator in some situations.

If stress becomes long term it can impact your ability to cope, it can have a negative effect on your health, wellbeing, relationships, work and general pleasure of life. In a nutshell, stress can be detrimental and impact many areas of your life.

For our ancestors, stress was brief, and a matter of survival. Once the danger passed, so did the stress. Unfortunately, in today’s society, it is hard to avoid. For many, self- care, and taking breaks has become a luxury.

What Is Stress?

According to Lifeline Australia, stress can be defined as: “Stress is a natural human response to pressure when faced with challenging and sometimes dangerous situations.That pressure is not only about what’s happening around us, but often also about demands we place on ourselves“. Source of Information: https://www.lifeline.org.au/static/uploads/files/what-is-stress-wfvgiurqqawx.pdf

What Happens To Our Bodies When We Are Stressed?

Stress, especially long-term, can have many negative consequences concerning our health and well being. Here are just a few examples what stress has been linked with:

  • high blood pressure,
  • heart attacks,
  •  lower immunity (this can mean catching frequent colds for some),
  • anxiety,
  • sleep disorders,
  • shallow breathing and thoughts of doom and gloom,
  • hormonal imbalances,
  • fertility issues,
  • and weight gain.

Sounds scary, but stress doesn’t have to control your life. Here are some tips on how to become more resilient and take good care of yourself.

Many life events are out of our control but we can still use some of these techniques to reduce our stress.What Can I Do To Help Reduce Stress:

  • Be aware of what is stressing you and ask yourself, is this helpful or is it bringing me down? Journaling is a great way to monitor this. I like to write things down, and journaling for me is a wonderful way to stay on top with what is stressing me.
  • Take an inventory of things in your life that may be contributing to your stress. Ask yourself if you are placing unnecessary pressure on yourself.
  • Take control of unhelpful sources of stress. Manage them before they build up and become a real problem for you.
  • Evaluate the areas in your life where you could manage your situation in a healthy way or change the way that you respond to it.
  • Call a friend and talk about your stress.
  • Engage in at least thirty minutes of exercise five times a week. Find forms of exercise that are fun or enjoyable and stick with it. Find an exercise buddy, you will be more likely to commit because you will not want to let this person down.
  • Make the time for the things that you enjoy. Have you always been interested in making your own soaps but just never found the time? Now is a perfect time to learn. Do you love animals but don’t have the time to own an animal? If this is the case, why not volunteer at your local animal shelter? Helping and making a difference in an animal’s life is a wonderful stress reducer.
  • Drink chamomile tea. Chamomile tea contains Matricaria Recutita and this compound is known to calm people down.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake.
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption. Although it may seem relaxing at the moment, it often increases heart rate and anxiety levels.
  • Meditation.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.

What strategies are you using to reduce stress?

Disclaimer: If none of these strategies are working for you, and you are not feeling any better, please consult with a medical professional.

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