Relieve Stress the All-Natural Way
What stresses you out the most? Could it be getting stuck in traffic during your daily commute? How about managing a busy household and keeping track of everyone’s schedules? Maybe it’s the depressed economy, the job market, the war—any one of these things (or a combination of many) can certainly stress you out. While a lot of the stress that you experience on a regular basis is unavoidable, there are things you can do to feel better and manage it more effectively. Keep reading for some tips to relieve stress the “all-natural” way.
Stress can have a negative impact on your health and mental well-being. Even the most stable among us can experience increased illness when stress leaves us vulnerable to infections and other health conditions.
While a lot of the stress that you experience on a regular basis is unavoidable, there are things you can do to feel better and manage it more effectively. Consider the following tips:
Eat a well-balanced diet. There’s no such thing as one single super-food that will help you control stress, but a nutritious diet can help keep you strong both mentally and physically. Try eating small meals at least three times a day that are filled with a variety of protein, vegetables and starches so you won’t be tempted to eat unhealthy choices. Reduce your consumption of sodas, fast-foods and junk foods that will only make you feel worse in the long run.
Work out the tension. Studies have shown that exercising three days a week can decrease blood pressure. Alternative fitness may be an excellent addition to your routine, so give tai chi, yoga, and Pilates a try.
Find herbal relief. Teas made from lavender and chamomile can help you relax at the end of a stressful day. Aromatherapy may also be beneficial: eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, lemon and rosemary oils, for example, have soothing scents that can help you relax and release any tension that you’re holding in your muscles. Keep a vial on your desk at work or in your bag to sniff when you’re feeling particularly stressed.
By following the above advice, you’ll be able to make your days less stressful and therefore avoid the negative impact stress can have on your mental and physical health. Now . . . if I could just find a way to “beam” myself to the office instead of sitting in traffic!