5 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress In Your Life

5 healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Feeling at the end of your rope with the never ending chaos of life? Here are 5 healthy ways to reduce stress in your life.

Stress is one of the most common health concerns. With busy schedules and a decreased ability to unplug from demands through technology, adults are more overworked and stressed out than ever. Occasional stress is normal, but frequent, long-term stress can interfere with your life and even take a toll on your health. Learn five ways to cope with stress to help stave off the negative effects.

Get Some Shut-eye

Women who get enough sleep are less likely to feel stressed out than those who run on fumes. A lack of sleep decreases your lack of judgment, increasing the likelihood of anger and frustration over minor occurrences. Unfortunately, catching up on sleep during the weekends is not enough: the Mayo Clinic recommends between seven and eight hours of sleep every night to maintain a more restful and positive state of mind. Also, feel free to take a short nap on an extra stressful day; you will likely wake up feeling more prepared to tackle problems. If you suffer from chronic stress-related insomnia, try this.

Learn to Relax

When you’re stressed out beyond belief, relaxing can seem impossible. However, regular periods of relaxation are the ticket to long-term stress management. Relaxing takes your mind away from the things that stress you out, and refocuses it to the present and how your body feels in the moment. Some popular relaxation techniques include meditation, aromatherapy, massage and yoga. There is no right or wrong way to relax—you can even spend five minutes a day closing your eyes at your desk.

Get Moving

Physical activity offers a range of benefits for your body, including your brain. It’s no surprise that athletes tend to have better mental health states than adults who are sedentary. Exercise increases brain function while also boosting your mood. When you do encounter stressful situations, you’re more likely to handle them better if you work out regularly. Ironically, exercising and frequent movement also makes it easier to relax and sleep at night, thereby reducing other triggers of stress.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a daily 30-minute walk may be enough to manage stress. Even a slow-paced walk can help, as long as you’re moving steadily. To gain the most consistent benefits of walking as exercise, make sure you walk 30 minutes every day. If you can’t block off 30 minutes at a time, break it up into smaller increments. Sitting down at a desk can increase sleepiness and moodiness, so make it a point to stand up and walk around at least once an hour.

Revisit Your Social Life

It’s difficult making time for social activities with a busy schedule. Aside from missing out on time spent with friends, socializing actually reduces stress. Conversations can act as an outlet for everyday frustrations, but this is also a good practice for your overall mental well-being. With that being said, it’s important to surround yourself with positive friends, co-workers and acquaintances—not those who will stress you out even more.

Staying in touch doesn’t necessarily have to translate to a social call. Reaching out to others for help when you’ve reached your limit can drastically improve anxiety. To battle long-term stress and feelings of the blues, try out a new activity. This can be something challenging, such as training for a marathon, or even a less strenuous activity like scrapbooking. Sharing a new hobby with others is a bonus.

Decrease Daily Responsibilities

One of the most common reasons why people are stressed is because they have too much on their plates. Cutting down on responsibilities may seem impossible, but it’s important to delegate obligations when you can. Doing so can leave you with more time to complete the other four stress-busting tips. Consider asking someone to help you with doing chores, making dinner, walking the dog or taking the kids out. Try not to feel guilty: you are trying to get healthier so you can be less stressed for your loved ones.

Reducing stress is the key to a more relaxed, joyful and healthy life. However, coping skills may prove futile unless you can first identify the triggers of stress. It may be helpful to keep a journal to identify when and why you become stressed.

If you implement these 5 ways to reduce stress and you still feel overwhelmed, reach out to a mental health professional for help.

Nutrition, Exercise and Stress Relief in your Backyard

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Sometimes the best things for stress relief can be found right at home.

So last time for Wellness Wednesday , we took a stroll in nature on a camping trip and looked at the therapeutic effects of camping out in Nature. While camping can be a planned weekend or vacation event that really does us well to recharge our spirits to face a world filled with stressors, there are days when a dose of nature cannot wait for a weekend trip at a campsite.

This is where the hobby of gardening comes into play. Some people have gardens of flowers, vegetables or fruits trees. Others have more elaborate gardens, containing it all; complete with lush foliage and fish ponds, bird baths and garden benches. Your back yard garden can be your place of reconnecting with nature, of finding solitude or sharing time with loved ones. Hey, you might even be able to pitch a tent and camp in your backyard! Click here to see how that’s done.

Gardening, as explained in my book Gardening for Stress Relief, reveals the benefits of exercise, stress relief through the sights, sounds and smells of nature. This book references recommendations of doctors and physical therapists on the benefits of gardening. It talks about its physical benefits on the body, to the feeling of personal satisfaction and creativity when your garden produces beautiful flowers, vegetables or fruits that can be of good nutrition for yourself or even be shared with others.

Discover how easy it is to take up gardening as a hobby. Learn the ins and outs of just what you need to create a backyard garden that brings you happiness and stress relief at the end of the day.

My book covers the different types of gardens, horticultural programs, even how to treat the soil before planting. It also focuses on the healing effects of gardening for children, the elderly, the physically or mentally challenged, and the highly stressed woman who needs that relief.

Whether your thing is planting your own fruits and vegetables, herbs or flowers, watching fish jump in the garden pond as birds bathe in the bird bath, this book covers it all.

Click here  for  some quick links to help you find guidelines on having a better garden experience.

You will walk away educated, with a new hobby and a great way to get exercise, have fun, be creative and experience nature while creating something beautiful that can be shared.

If you are just learning about gardening, Click this link on how to start a garden.

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. Do you garden?
2. Do you like a flower garden, a vegetable garden, or both?

Try THIS for The Ultimate in Affordable, Stress-Busting Vacations !

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If you want to hack stress down to its root, a camping trip may be just the tool you need to do it.

One of the best ways to control stress is by taking regular quality, stress-free  vacations with your family, but with today’s sky-rocketing travel expenses , who can afford that?

I have the perfect answer: go camping! It is a great stress reliever, being out there with Mother Nature.  Read on to discover great tips, resources and guidelines on camping for beginners.

First of all, camping allows you to disconnect from the world of hustle and bustle and put aside the interruptions from the electronic world of phones, computers and emails.

It is a true saying that the best things in life are free. Mother Nature offers us so many of these beautiful things for free. You can find comfort and peace with the gentle blowing breezes, the flowing river or the smell of the green forest trees. There is great joy in to be found in catching a fish from the lake to cook for dinner on an open fire. All of these experiences can be had on a camping trip.

This is why I want to introduce you to another of my books Camping for Stress Relief.

It shows you how easy and affordable going on a camping trip can be. It reveals the benefits of being one with nature, and how turning off the distractions of the industrial and technologically advanced world will relieve your stress levels and positively affect how you deal with the ‘real’ world, once you get back to it.

Whether you are religious or not, something or someone gave us Mother Nature and it is ours to choose to help find balance between the Mind, Body and Soul.  The sights and fragrance of nature immediately puts us in a serene place.

There is also that additional relief in not having to worry that your camping vacation will cost you money that you really cannot afford, for those of us on a limited budget. No stress of how to pay for this trip when you return to your already hectic world.

You won’t need a vacation to recover from this vacation. My book highlights that you choose how simple or elaborate your camping vacation can be. You can be one with nature, completely on your own devices, or have a combination of both worlds of the outdoors, yet still have a handful of creature comforts like showers, and flushing toilets at your disposal.

You determine your budget, but the results will be the same; a time of family connections, working through issues, peace, harmony and no stress.

Pick up a copy of Camping for Stress Relief today. Be one with nature and its healing effect on the mind, body and soul. Experience nature through touch, sight and smell while you shut off the world and recharge your spirit to face it again.  If you are a newbie to this camping thing, I got you covered with a comprehensive camping check list.

Click this link to find out more about purchasing the right camping gear.

My next Wellness Wednesday post  will focus on how you can be one with nature, every day  and enjoy its therapeutic effects without leaving your home. And by the way, if you would like to share your stress relief strategies with us, we would love to feature you on Wellness Wednesday. Just click here to find out more.

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1. Have you ever been camping before?
2. How was the experience?   Would you recommend it?

5 Ways To Think Positively During a Major Life Crisis

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Sometimes it’s hard to look on the bright side even when things are going fairly well. When you’re going through a major life crisis, having the “glass is half full” mentality can be a feat in itself!

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

When you’re in the middle of a stressful situation, it’s important to disallow over-anxious and over-analyzed thoughts. You really don’t want to overwhelm yourself with an over-stimulated mind because the added stress will only strain your mind further and you’ll find it nearly impossible to think positively.

Ways To Look On The Bright Side

How you go about transforming difficult situations into positive outcomes will differ each time. Your goal should be to discover a set of strategies that works well for you. It might take some experimenting, but that’s okay!

Consider the following ways to achieve a positive mindset:

  1. Avoid feeling sorry for yourself. Feeling sorry for yourself only wastes precious brainpower and it’s not going to help you out in the long run. Instead, strive to gain the wisdom to accept your situation and focus on solutions, instead of sorrow or worry. Everyone has to travel through tough times at some point; it’s just a part of life!
  1. Find the life lesson. It may be hard to find the silver lining, but it’s almost always hiding somewhere. All of your experiences – both good and bad – contribute to your life’s knowledge. Be thankful for what you know!

Reflect on the fact that you’ve gained wisdom and knowledge that may help you make better decisions and cope well in the future.

  1. Start small. Take some time to reflect on the difficult situation. If you’re having trouble finding a positive manner of thinking, just start by smiling at yourself in the mirror. You might not feel happy right away, but it sure will be hard not to feel happy when you see a beautiful smiling face staring back at you!

You can also consider the use of positive affirmations to help you through tough times. The more frequently you repeat your affirmations, the sooner you’ll ingrain the positive beliefs into your subconscious.

  1. Stop worrying. When you’re going through a tough situation, sometimes your worries can overtake you. The future might seem scary and bleak and you’re not sure what you should do. As you know, worrying isn’t going to help the situation in the least. Instead, the moment worry creeps in, redirect your mind onto something positive or reassuring.

Stay calm and start brainstorming some practical solutions.

  1. Be brave about change. Change is inevitable and most often you don’t even notice that it’s happening. During tough times, however, you’re likely more sensitive to the changes that are taking place.

Think about change as an exciting adventure. You’ll never know what you can discover and learn until you’re open to change.

Help From Others

When you’re going through a tough time, your instincts might be to pull inward. Perhaps you don’t want people to see you in a vulnerable state or you want to solve your problems all on your own. However, you must resist this urge to shut people out! Remember, you’re never alone. Your family and loved ones are always there to help you get through any challenging situation, but only if you allow them to!

Of course, your loved ones may not be able to solve your problem outright, but they can provide you with a fantastic support system and help you brainstorm different avenues for problem solving.

As hard as it may seem now, it is possible for you to think positively when you’re enduring tough times. Use these simple positive thinking strategies to help you change your mindset quicker than you ever thought possible!

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In the comments below, share with us:

1. Have you ever turned a stressful situation into a life lesson? If so, what was it?
2. Who has helped you through a crisis in the past and how did they help you?

10 Smart Ways To Beat Stress And Maintain Your Joy In Life

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Looking for ways to beat stress and minimize it’s harmful effects in your life? Read on for 10 tips to do just that!

Stress-induced problems swirl around us all the time and it often feels like the pressure never ends! Yet, there are simple ways to beat stress without harming your body.

Here are 10 steps to a less stressed life:

1.    Cut out the busyness. What are some things you can cut out of your schedule to give you more quality time for you and your family?  What clubs or organizations do you belong to? What meetings or activities are you involved in? Is it all necessary?  Carefully consider which programs and activities you can remove from your schedule – then do it!

2.    De-clutter and organize your home. When your home is cluttered and unorganized, you tend to feel cluttered and unorganized on the inside, causing you more stress.   Get rid of the stuff you never use by selling it, throwing it away, or giving it to someone who’ll make use of it. Once you’ve done that, organize what’s left over and make a place for everything. If necessary, use labels and organizational containers to make it easy to find things again.

3.    De-clutter and organize your workspace. Organizing your workspace is no different than de-cluttering your home.  Remember, your external environment affects your internal peace. Messy on the outside likely means messy on the inside.

4.    One of the major stress factors is money. However, there’s a simple solution: a budget. Most people don’t like the word budget, but budgeting doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, financial planning and money management actually helps you save money AND beat stress.

Do a search online to find a budgeting system that works best for you. It needs to be simple and easy to use every day. Once you’re on a budget you’ll feel a lot less stressed due to finances. Seek the help of an experienced financial planner who can steer you on the right financial path.

5.    Enjoy what you do have. In our society you’ve probably learned somewhere along the way that more is better. Well, it’s not.  When you learn to be content with what you have right now, you’ll find much more peace within yourself.

6.    Get regular exercise. When you workout, your body burns off more than just fat and calories. Working out also burns off steam.  If you’re stressed due to work situations or family conflict, getting a good workout will help you relieve stress.  Walking as exercise works wonders. You’ll be able to think and reason more clearly, which will help you deal with some of the core issues that are causing your stress.

7.    Eat healthier. Yes, eating healthy foods really does relieve stress because when your body is nourished properly, it functions optimally. Eating right lends itself to clearer thinking.

8.    Reduce your workload. If you have a heavy workload, either on the job or at home, do what you can to reduce it.  Take a good look at your routine and determine if the workload is really worth the toll it’s taking on your body and health. If it’s not – and there’s no end in sight – perhaps it’s not the proper solution to your problems anyway.

9.    Communication is key to relieving stress in your life. If you have a friend you can talk to openly and honestly, seek them out.  Getting things off your chest will help you sort out problems and see your situation in a new light. The less foggy your mind is, the more stress you’ll be able to remove from your life. It often helps to have someone outside of the situation to talk to because they’ll likely see something you don’t.

10.    Journaling is a great way to relieve stress. You can have an outlet without having to reveal your deep thoughts to the world.  Journaling is a great way to see the progress you’ve made, which can be very therapeutic.

As you can see, there are many smart ways to reduce stress. Put them into practice now and you’ll soon begin to see a real difference in your life. Your stress will start to diminish and you’ll be free to enjoy your beautiful life!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. Which tip(s) do you think would work best for you?

2. Do you have any stress reducing tips to share with us?

How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Once And For All!

Who else would like to know how to reduce stress and anxiety once and for all? If that’s you, then this show is for you!

Sometimes it feels that just by being a woman, you’re put in the direct line of fire for tension and anxiety. Trying to balance the demands of life can be challenging, and eventually we reach our breaking points.

Tension and strain can be caused by any number of factors, and we all have various tolerance levels. Think about how many times you’ve blown up over something small or something that was never an issue in the first place.

Fortunately, there are many effective strategies for coping with the pressures of life which can be both emotionally and physically draining. Our daily challenges and burdens can make us feel irritable and cranky, but also they can cause a spike in blood pressure, lowered immunity and restless sleep patterns.

You can’t avoid life’s problems in its entirety, so the best approach is to have healthy coping mechanisms and take a proactive approach to learn how to reduce stress and anxiety.

What Are The Causes Of Strain And Anxiety In Your Life?

The first step to take is to identify what are the main causes of stress or the main sources of tension in your life. Maybe it’s everyday problems like balancing work and family, or maybe it’s something more significant. If you can’t find anything definite that’s causing your strain and tension, start a journal and write about some of the things throughout your day that may have caused you to feel anxious.

Once you have identified the source of your strain and tensions, learn the essentials about how to reduce stress and anxiety and consider ways to manage your anxiety so that you don’t resort to unhealthy ways of dealing with the challenges life throw at you each day. Here are a few examples of healthy coping mechanisms:

  • Go for a walk or light jog
  • Read a book or listen to music
  • Write in a journal
  • Take a warm bubble bath
  • Spend time in nature
  • Watch a favorite TV show or movie

Living A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Reduce Tension!

It’s also important that you have a healthy lifestyle to reduce overall tension and anxiety in your life. Certain lifestyle habits, such as drinking, smoking or gambling, will only cause more anxiety. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly are key ingredients to a less taxing and exasperating lifestyle, and they will also give you the energy to fight stressors.

There are certain attitudes to have about everyday life that will also help keep tension levels within acceptable norms. For example, it’s important to be adaptable and realize that you can’t control the uncontrollable. By expressing your feelings, having a willingness to cooperate and looking on the bright side of the picture, you will be better equipped to handle tense situations.

Remember, the best defenses you have to reduce stress and anxiety are to have a healthy support network in place by connecting with others, set aside relaxation time for yourself, doing something you enjoy each day and keeping a sense of humor. As you make more and more progress, the methods you learn about how to reduce stress and anxiety will become second nature to you and you’ll always know what to do to find relief in any situation.

 

How Do You Manage Stress? Discover Foolproof Tips That Work!

How do you manage stress when you feel overwhelmed every day? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if life was void of tension and anxiety? While we all wish things could be this way, it’s the farthest notion from the truth.

In fact, it’s difficult to make it through one day without feeling tense and overwhelmed at least a dozen times, whether it’s over bumper-to-bumper traffic in the morning or trying to get the kids off to bed at night. Even though we can’t avoid the pressure’s of life, there are ways to deal with strain and anxiety so that it doesn’t take over your life or ruin the positive moments in your day.

So in answer to that eternal question that many women ask, “How do you manage stress?” it’s worth knowing that managing tension and anxiety is a general, lifelong regimen that you’ll use for the rest of your life.

It’s more than taking a warm bubble bath or enjoying a relaxing walk through the park.

Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle To Fight Stress Effectively

To manage the challenges you are confronted with each day, you’ll need to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes eating right, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. You need to foster healthy relationships with friends, family and coworkers, avoid unhealthy habits like nicotine and drugs and limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine.

Of course, just because you have an overall healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that problems will avoid you. Instead, these lifestyle traits will ward off some unnecessary sources of burnout and make you better equipped to tackle taxing situations when they come around. You’ll also need to have simple techniques for directly dealing with life’s challenges.

Examples include making time for yourself and relaxation techniques, such as aromatherapy or backyard camping.

You may also benefit from speaking with a therapist or close friend as well as restructuring the division of labor in your household. Sometimes the greatest source of pressure is not having enough time to get through your daily obligations. Learning how to manage the strain and tension can therefore be as simple as learning to delegate some tasks, or just learning to say “no”.

How Do You Manage Stress Without These Three “Ps” ? You Can’t!

Oftentimes, a bit of proactive planning, preparation and organization are the most effective ingredients to managing exasperating situations. If you can sit down, plan out your weeks and days, assign everyone in the home certain tasks and find ways to leave time for the things you enjoy, you’ll be better able to manage pressure.

As women, we often want to control situations and do the work ourselves. But over time, it’s just not possible, and it’s critical that you have a support network at home, work and school. Almost always, people are willing to help, they just need direction.

Finally, remember that it’s always best to visit situations when you’re not emotionally charged. If possible, remove yourself from the situation, even if just for a few moments. Revisit the problem later and think of a proactive approach to handling the issue.

How do you manage stress when you’re too overwhelmed by all kinds of pressures, problems, and tension? You can’t. Focus on one problem at a time and make sure that you prioritize instead of taking on all problems at once.

Learning how to manage strain and then actually implementing relaxation techniques in your daily routine is no easy task, and for the majority of us, it takes years of practice before we adopt a healthy lifestyle routine that successfully deals with whatever life throws at us.

 

Dealing With Stress and Anxiety: Practical Tips Every Woman Should Know

Dealing with stress and anxiety is one of the most difficult parts to being human. Pressure and tension are natural responses to situations that make us feel threatened or uneasy, and even happy events can cause strain and anxiety, such as moving, starting a new job or having a baby.

Avoiding the pressures of life or make believing that it doesn’t exist is not healthy, nor is trying to escape the symptoms of burnout by using drugs, alcohol or nicotine.

Eventually, if not properly managed, stress can take a drastic toll on your life by negatively affecting relationships, roles and responsibilities. By dealing with stress and anxiety head-on, you can reduce the symptoms of strain and anxiety and cope better with the unexpected events that life throws at you.

You Can’t Control Situations, People Or Events

One of the most important things to realize about dealing with stress and anxiety is that you can’t control situations, people or events, even though you may naturally want to. Often, it’s our natural response to want to control things, especially when they involve our family and children.

Instead, you need to manage life’s pressures and challenges in a healthy manner by setting realistic goals for yourself, prioritizing what’s important and controlling the factors that are in your control.

For starters, remove yourself from the situation and revisit it when you’re not as sensitive to the subject. With some things, you may only be able to walk away for a moment, but other problems can be dealt with after a good night’s rest.

During this time, think about what you can change to make the issue less burdensome. For example, if your boss is demanding that you work more hours, reach out to your spouse and have him do the weekly grocery shopping and meal planning while the kids take on one more household chore each.

You Can’t Do Everything

You need to recognize that you can’t do everything. We often want to be just like Superwoman, and we’re always striving for perfection. But without help, we just become overwhelmed and exhausted. Prioritize what’s important to you and let the smaller things take a back seat.

You also have to lower your expectations and know that you can’t be perfect all the time. Maybe you want your family eating healthy every night, but it’s okay to order takeout one night or have breakfast for dinner.

Most importantly, take care of yourself. You can’t possibly perform to your expectations if you’re not taking care of your own needs first. Naturally, some needs may have to take a backseat, but it’s critical that you eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, get plenty of rest at night and exercise regularly.

When you’re happy, healthy and well-rested, you have the best ingredients for dealing with stress and anxiety.

 

10 Easy Tips For Dealing with Stress And Anxiety

Stress is something that affects everyone. Stress does serve a purpose and there’s even such a thing as good stress. However, dealing with stress and anxiety is not always easy. When you feel like your stress is getting out of hand, the best thing you can do for your body is to look for natural stress relievers. Here are some natural stress relief techniques you can use to reduce your stress level: 1.    Practice Gardening. Gardening is one of the best hobbies you can engage in for stress relief.  You get outdoors in nature which always has a soothing effect on body, mind, and spirit.  Gardening connects the mind, body, and spirit in a healthy, peaceful fashion which leaves you feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated. 2.    Enjoy the benefits of green tea. Green tea is a natural herb that you can drink or take in capsule form. It’s loaded with beneficial antioxidants to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. It’s a natural stress reliever and helps boost metabolism to energize you. It may even help with weight loss. 3.    Go for a walk. Many people think that going for a walk is only good for your physical fitness. However, walking can benefit you spiritually and mentally as well. Staying even moderately active increases oxygen levels in your brain, which also improves your mental state. Plus, a 20-minute walk gives your mind a chance to reflect and rejuvenate. 4.    Keep a diary. Keeping a diary can help you unload your thoughts in a private manner. You have the benefits of knowing that your secrets are safe and you can still vent in the process. Venting on paper just might prove to be a great stress reliever. 5.    Try aromatherapy. Many herbs can be used in aromatherapy to calm you in a natural way. Try lavender, rosemary, or peppermint for some popular choices.  Aromatherapy is ideal for anyone looking for a natural and healthy way to reduce stress. 6.    Get a full body massage. A massage is a great way to relax your muscles. It also helps to get blood flowing properly throughout the body, which naturally reduces stress. 7.    Listen to music. You may want to try some traditional relaxing music such as classical or world music. However, everyone is different, so experiment with different types of music that you might find relaxing. 8.    Use stress-reducing herbs. Herbs are affordable, natural, and a great way to relieve your stress. There are many herbs that have been known to promote calmness and overall feelings of well-being. Some of them include chamomile and St. John’s Wort. 9.    Take a warm bath. Taking a warm bath is beneficial to your body and mind. The warmth will help your body relax while the peaceful time to yourself will help you achieve a balanced mindset. 10.    Do something funny. The saying “laughter is the best medicine” is no joke! Laughing can definitely help you to relax and therefore reduce stress. Do something you personally find funny, like going to a comedy show or hanging out with a good friend. You’ll soon find that there are endless possibilities for natural ways of reducing your stress. Your job will be to find out what works best for you personally. As long as you take time out of each day to take a break and unwind, you’ll find be well on your way to reducing your stress.  Dealing with stress and anxiety does not have to be overwhelming, if you know how and if you use the natural stress relief methods.  Self-help stress solutions can help you deal with stress and anxiety stress naturally, with zero side effects.

 

How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety: 7 Natural Ways That Work!

Stress and anxiety can take over your life without you really knowing it. It’s important to learn how to reduce stress and anxiety and to stay in touch with your inner self to maintain balance and notice when there might be a problem. If your stress and anxiety is severe or causes you to panic, be sure to see a health professional. However, for day-to-day anxiety, there are natural ways you can reduce stress and anxiety by yourself. Here are some herbs, tips, and techniques you can use to alleviate your stress and anxiety:

1.    Passionflower. Passionflower is a popular herb that has been known to help reduce stress and  anxiety. For many, passionflower is as effective as some prescription drugs. It also helps with insomnia since stress, anxiety and insomnia often go hand in hand.

2.    Proper Nutrition. Sometimes you may forget about the intense connection between how you feel and what you put into your body. Simply paying attention to getting a natural, well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety.  Nutrition and healthy eating can do wonders for stress relief. Unfortunately,  eating right is not always easy.  Busy schedules  often get it in the way.  If eating right is difficult for you, be sure to take a multivitamin and avoid chemicals, processed foods, and caffeine when possible.

3.    Time Management. A hectic schedule can cause tremendous stress and anxiety. Perhaps it’s time to drop some activities or manage your time in a more efficient fashion. Remember to schedule time for yourself to focus on activities that relax you.

4.    Acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient art that can reduce your anxiety by enabling you to feel calm and relaxed. It involves the use of thin needles that are used to relax your muscles.

5.    Worry Time. If you feel that all you do is worry, it’s time to pick a worry time. Choose a period of the day – maybe 5 to 6 PM – where you allow yourself to worry as much as you want. Worrying is simply not allowed or tolerated during the rest of the day. Every time you feel worries arise during other times of the day, tell yourself that the worries have to wait for your worry time. You’ll soon find that you won’t really worry all that much during your worry time!

6.    Exercise. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce stress and anxiety considerably.  Exercise produces serotonin (the “feel good” hormone), relieves stress, increases oxygen levels throughout the body, and relaxes your muscles.  Walking by yourself or with a friend  is one of the  best exercises you can do for stress relief.

7.    Valerian Root. This is another natural anxiety herb. It’s an excellent choice if you also have trouble sleeping. Valerian root can be taken as a tea or a capsule and should be taken approximately two hours before you go to bed. Whether you choose a natural herb, activity, or life change to reduce your stress and anxiety, you’re making a good decision when you opt to go with a natural solution to your problem. 

There are many natural stress relief remedies you can use for stress reduction, and if used properly, the natural stress solutions have no negative side effects.