Category: Personal Development Written by Taylor Hill
Everyday life is common among workaholics, stay-at-home mothers, and students. Everything that we do brings along its share of stress and anxiety.
Do you know stress is not all bad? Occasional stress is healthy as it makes you perform better and motivates you for bigger things in life. On the other hand, persistent stress can put a major strain on your life.
Do you feel anxious at work? Are you someone who remains stressed all day? Is it affecting your daily routine? Home? Personal relationships?
If that is the scenario, you’ve come to the right place. Here I’m going to share with you a few stress-busters that you need to try right away. They’re more effective than those allopathic medicines you take for stress relief.
Meditation is one of the simplest and quickest ways to reduce stress. It can bring you inner peace while wiping away your stress and anxiety. All you need to do is spare a few minutes of your day, find a peaceful corner, and meditate. It will restore your inner peace and calm.
The best part being, you can practice meditation anywhere and anytime. There are various meditation techniques available online. If you browse a little, you’ll find several YouTube tutorials on meditation.
Make sure to try mindfulness-based meditation as it’s exceptionally effective when it comes to stress management. You can also try mindfulness in yoga, whatever suits you best.
Ranking second is regular exercise. If you want to keep stress and anxiety at bay, you need to add exercise to your everyday routine. It is something that will boost your energy, alleviate stress, relax your mood, and uplift your mood by increasing the number of endorphins in the bloodstream.
Needless to say, exercise is the most inexpensive way to maintain great physical health and mental wellbeing. You don’t necessarily need to join a gym or hire a fitness expert for daily exercise.
Things as little as a few minutes of morning walk, half an hour of swimming, or a little dancing are more than enough to release stress and bring calmness. If you ask me; I’ll suggest you start with a morning walk and gradually move towards heavier workout programs.
Herbs and Plants
No wonder allopathic medicines have plenty of side effects, especially when consumed for a long period. They not only affect your liver but your digestive system as well. Thus, it’s wise to avoid allopathic medicines.
The good news is that they’re not the only solution. Certain herbs and plants work well for stress management. Lemon balm, dried shrooms, ashwagandha, saffron, passionflower, and kava kava are a few effective herbs and plants for eliminating anxiety and stress.
What I love about them is that they have minimal to no side effects. They can be consumed in various forms. For example, you can add saffron to coconut oil and apply it to your forehead for instant relaxation. On the other hand, you can consume these herbs and plants orally, too.
Speaking of stress busters, how can you possibly avoid a body massage? As a matter of fact, body massage has various physical and mental health benefits, and stress and anxiety relief happen to be one of them.
It’s the simplest of them all. You don’t need to take a body massage every day, once or twice a week would suffice. Either you can visit a spa or hire a masseur and enjoy body massage in the comfort of your home.
If you need a more reasonable option as spas are quite expensive these days and masseurs also charge a lot of money, you can buy a massage chair. Chair massage therapies are equally beneficial to alleviate stress and anxiety. They’re cost-effective and convenient compared to those spa rounds.
Whether you have a major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress, or everyday life stress, one thing mental health experts always suggest is writing a journal. That’s right, guys! It’s more helpful than you can imagine.
Sharing your feelings and thoughts with a loved one is indeed helpful, but a lot of people are reluctant to do so due to the fear of being judged. What you can do is write a journal instead.
Talk to your diary about everything and anything. Write it all down, how your day went, what you’re feeling, what thoughts are making rounds in your mind, your highs and lows, and more. Your diary won’t judge you for anything, so you don’t need to be conscious with your words.
A Healthy Sleep Cycle
Apart from being an integral part of the memes, your sleep is actually quite important when it comes to maintaining a healthy mind and body. It is indeed a great stress buster. You’re feeling anxious, take a nap. You’re down and unable to think straight, take a nap.
Make no mistake; lack of sleep is one of the most prominent causes of everyday life stress. According to the Sleep Foundation, one must sleep at least 8-9 hours a day in order to function properly throughout the day.
If you remain sleep-deprived or in case you have a habit of compromising your sleep for daily house chores or work-related stuff, it’s time you put a stop to it. Maintaining a healthy sleep cycle is essential if you want to keep stress at bay.
Winding it up, I want you to know that being stressed isn’t anything abnormal. In fact, it’s a regular part of our lives and it’s the same for everyone. Due to the growing technology and fast-paced life, every other person is stressed these days, so you’re no different.
Besides that, it isn’t something incurable. With the right tips and tricks, you can easily take the hang of the situation without consulting a physician for it. I’m confident the stress busters I’ve shared above will help you out just like they helped me get out of a jam. I wish you well, my friends!
Sara Jones is a final year student of biotechnology in the Michigan University. She is currently researching medical marijuana and its uses for stress management as a part of her thesis. She also blogs at the cannalyft.com
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Taylor Hill.
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