Why Reducing Stress is Key to Living Holistically

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If you want to live a more natural lifestyle and incorporate it into your daily life, you can’t forget about nurturing your mind and emotional health. Did you know when you have high amounts of stress, you tend to lean toward unhealthy habits to deal with it? Luckily, there are many natural remedies to help you reduce stress.

Let’s have a look.

Use Stress-Relieving Essential Oils

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An easy way to reduce stress for your new holistic life is to use essential oils for this purpose. Essential oils are extracted from the petals, leaves, and stems from various plants, herbs, and flowers. Some of the best essential oils for relieving stress are lavender, chamomile, lemon, orange, and bergamot. To relieve stress, you can put a few drops of them in an essential oil diffuser, or add them to your bath water.

Daily Habits That Help to Relieve Stress

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There are also some daily habits that are going to ensure you are reducing stress and really embracing a holistic lifestyle. For example, eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise does wonders for your stress levels. Don’t do this as a way to be restrictive in your life, but instead just to focus on health and balance. You can try relaxing exercises like yoga and tai chi, or just practice a morning stretching routine.

Some other daily habits that help a lot with stress include writing in a journal, reading, unplugging from technology, meditating, practicing mindfulness, and just having a healthy daily routine.

The Bad Habits You Need to Break

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You might have some habits that are doing the opposite for you, and are harming your health and holistic living. These can often seem harmless, but really take a toll on your stress levels. For example, if you use social media a lot, especially with notifications on your phone, it is giving you constant sources of stress. Comparing yourself to others, reading the news, seeing negative or toxic updates, even just reading negativity in the comments can be hard on your mental state.

Some other bad habits that you should break include emotional or stress eating, talking to people who you feel are toxic to your mental health, not getting adequate movement or exercise, and turning to stimulants instead of trying to relieve your stress in natural ways.

Incorporate Adaptogens into Your Life

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If you have a large amount of stress in your life, one natural remedy that helps you live a more holistic life is with adaptogens. These are a type of herbal supplement that actually help you to adapt better to stress. You can’t always reduce the sources of stress in your life, but you can definitely help support your adrenal glands to help your better deal with it a little better. A popular type of adaptogen for stress is ashwagandha.

How are you reducing your stress levels?

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