Healthy ways to reduce stress

Do you remember “Happy Hour?” There was a time when people left their jobs at 5pm and spent an hour unwinding and shaking off the stress of the day

Today, the evolution of technology means we are always connected.

We carry our jobs in our smartphones, and our electronic day planners lead us from one responsibility to the next without yield.

One report says, 74% of adults living in the UK have felt unmanageable stress in the past 12 months.

That is a staggering number. As we move into 2022, we should all look for productive ways to reduce stress and restore balance in our lives.

There are proven methods of controlling stressors.

An interesting Lottoland’s article gives some valuable tips on how to learn to identify and stop situations that cause stress before they escalate.

Below, we will share some easy ways you can take control and get your stress under control.

These steps are not complicated. Once you have disciplined yourself to zone into these exercises, you will find they come easy.

Tips for beating anxiety

Breathe

I am sure you have come face to face with someone at some time that was stressing or panicking, and they were breathing rapidly.

When someone is excited negatively or positively, they tend to breathe harder and faster than normal.

When we breathe too hard, we deprive our bodies of oxygen. Our hearts beat faster. We can get light-headed.

This means our bodies are reacting physically to rapid breathing which hampers our ability to slow it down.

To alleviate this problem, use your watch to time your breathing. Try to get the number of breaths you take down to 8-12 breaths per minute.

To take advantage of this exercise, breathe in through your nose. You do not need to breathe in so deeply that it is uncomfortable. Just inhale steadily.

If you find it easier, exhale through the nose too. As you exhale, concentrate on your diaphragm. Use your muscles to express the air from your body.

Your stomach should move, not your chest. Now, hold your breath for about five seconds before inhaling again.

This will take a little practice. Do this exercise anytime you feel anxiety rising. It is an amazing trick you can use anywhere.

Have a drink!

No, we are not saying grab for a bottle of alcohol. You may think an alcoholic beverage is a great relaxant, but some experts do not agree.

Drinking alcohol in response to stress may cause your body to suffer anxiety and depression. Instead, reach for one of nature’s cures.

Here are some proven, all-natural teas that will give you fast and dependable results

Chamomile Tea

For generations, people have used Chamomile tea to help them sleep. It is easy to make. Before bed, about two hours after your last meal of the day, sip this hot drink.

Combine 8 ounces of hot water and about 3 tablespoons of crushed Chamomile. Let it steep for about 5 minutes and drink it warm.

You will begin to feel relaxed before you even finish the cup, and it will help you fall asleep naturally

Lemon Balm Tea

For daytime stress relief, try Lemon Balm Tea. The minty and lemon flavor is tasty, and this tea relaxes without making you sleepy.

You can use 1  tablespoon of dried Lemon Balm leaves or fresh leaves. You will need 2 tablespoons of fresh leaves for 8 ounces of boiling water.

This tea emits a beautiful fragrance that will even calm those around you. It is perfect for the office.

Rose Oil

Rose oil is terrific for beautiful hair and skin. But, you may not know it is also a good stress-buster.

You only need 1-2 drops mixed in the drink of your choice. If you also suffer from tummy trouble, rose oil is a natural laxative.

Cinnamon Oil, Peppermint, Hot Chocolate

This may sound festive, and it is a great way to get through the holiday rush. But, don’t reserve this for only one time a year.

Add 2 drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential oil and one drop of Peppermint essential oil to your favourite hot chocolate.

Other tips

Here are a few more ways to relieve stress:

  • Dance

Dancing is a great way to get exercise. Enjoy your favorite music and move! You don’t even need a partner. Just get moving. You will burn calories, improve your oxygen levels, and shake anxiety right off of you!

  • Lower your caffeine intake

Too much caffeine increases the epinephrine and cortisol in the body. These chemicals increase your heart rate and give you excess energy. The body will release glucose, and tap into its ability to burn sugar. Caffeine puts your body on alert and interferes with sleep.

  • Adjust your attitude

Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise for anxiety. Think positive. Look for the humor in situations. Learn to laugh at yourself and let go of things that are upsetting. Controlling your mind is a big step in managing your stress.

Conclusion

We live in stressful times. But, nature provides everything we need to control it.

We can make great strides toward a stressless life with healthy eating, sleeping, and mental effort.

Use the above tips when you need a little extra help. Learning to incorporate healthy habits into your life takes effort but it’s is a small price to pay for a comfortable and happier life.

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