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Stress is something that you’re likely to experience in your life, especially during the holiday season! These are 9 effective ways to reduce stress naturally. As always, please consult a doctor if your stress isn’t something you can handle on your own.
Meditation allows you to get in touch with your inner self. When you are under a lot of stress, your thoughts are often racing. This could contribute to migraines and headaches. Meditation is a great way to easily deal with stress and anxiety. Some people combine other practices such as yoga for maximum benefit from this activity.
Exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of the cortisol build-up you experience during times of stress. Exercising also releases endorphins, which are excellent mood enhancers. You may end up feeling a bit tired but in the great mood! Regular exercise can also help improve your overall health, making you less likely to fall victim to stress and other illnesses. Don’t forget to drink enough water while exercising!
Aromatherapy is popular these days with people seeking natural way to reduce stress levels in their body. Some essential oils such as rosemary, frankincense, chamomile, geranium, and lavender have soothing abilities. I love to diffuse these or you can great a DIY essential oil roller for headaches and stress.
4. Spend time Outdoors
If you love the fresh, cool and clean outdoor air, you have probably discovered a stress-reliever. Spending time in nature alone or with your family is a great way to relax. And, spending time playing outdoors is a great way for kids to relax as well!
5. Take supplements
Some supplements may be effective in reducing our stress levels. There are several popular supplements for reducing stress, but I like using magnesium and B vitamins. B vitamins can help improve your mood and magnesium helps regulate your stress response. Before taking any supplements, please consult your doctor.
6. Talk to Someone
A problem shared is a problem solved! If you comfortable speaking about what is bothering you, then confide in someone you trust. If you do not feel like talking to someone, writing down what is stressing you could be a great idea. Just make sure not to hold it in.
7. Reduce your Caffeine Intake
The caffeine in coffee, energy drinks and some teas can make us become jittery. Try reducing or eliminating caffeine intake during periods of stress. Caffeine amplifies the effects of stress in our bodies.
Laughter is the best medicine. Laughter releases endorphins which boost our moods and reduce our anxiety levels. Find something or someone that makes you laugh!
9. Control your Breathing
When we are stressed, our heart rate can increase considerably. This results in quickly rushed breaths. Try taking deep breaths to calm your breathing and heart rate. This will keep you out of panic mode.