8 Natural Ways To Reduce Stress
Stress can be defined as “the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response.”While occasionally feeling "stressed out" does have certain necessary roles, dating all the way back to our time as Hunter/Gatherers and perhaps earlier, too much stress can also do scary things to our health. Excessive stress may cause or intensify many physical, mental, and emotional ailments ranging from simple things like headaches or mild depression to much more severe conditions such as heart disease. Here's some tips to help reduce stress and encourage a better outlook on your day to day life.
1.spend Time With Nature
Being outside, among the trees and wildlife, is always nice. Whether it's hiking through trails, hopping in the lake for a swim, or even relaxing by the campfire; getting back to our roots and spending time in nature is good for the mind, the body, and the soul. The potential combination of exercise and relaxation that being outdoors provides is a great way to escape the daily grind that many face whether it be sitting inside an office all day, fighting through rush hour traffic, or even spending too much time staring at the computer screen. Human beings have become far too disconnected from the natural environments that we once thrived in. So, whether it's alone or with friends or family, try and take some time for yourself and get out of the city for a few days. You'd be shocked at how much some fresh air and natural, earthly beauty can help to take some of that weight off your shoulders and give you just the jump start you need. After all, it never hurts to reconnect with where we came from.
2. Bath Time Meditation
Who doesn't love a nice, hot bath? On top of being a source of physical comfort and mental relaxation, a warm bath is great for soothing muscle aches that often accompany stress. It's also been suggested that a hot bath may have benefits such as improving poor circulation(1), and temporarily lowering blood pressure(2), both of which are conditions that are potentially worsened by stress. The peace, quiet, and relaxation of a nice bath is a great way to take some time for yourself and clear your mind. It's the perfect opportunity to let go of everything that you've been dealing with for a few minutes, and just focus on you.When combining a bath with meditation, you get the best of both worlds. Meditation is a powerful stress reliever and behavioral habit, which can lead to the reduction of stress and lead to an increased inner peace. So, if you're feeling worn down lately, take some time for yourself at the end of the day and run a hot bath. Light some candles, turn on some relaxing music and soak away the stress. Adding some bubble bath, or your favorite bath bomb (many of which contain vitamins and minerals that can improve the health of your hair, skin, and nails) to the water may enhance your stress relieving experience. Do whatever feels the most comfortable for you.
3. Cleansing With Herbs (Such as Sage)
Cleansing with Sage, or other herbs (also known as smudging) is great for relieving stress because it's meant to rid yourself and your surroundings from the negative energy that often accompanies stress, or stressful situations. If you've been carrying stress home with you from the office, or sit is being felt within your home due to personal matters, a good cleanse could be a great step in relieving this burden from your life.Maintaining positive thoughts is important while smudging and that positivity along with the positive energy that accompanies a good cleanse, helps improve your surroundings and create a more comfortable, stress free environment. The ceremony itself is also very peaceful and may also help to bring your stress levels down a bit if you've been operating at an elevated level recently.
Grounding (or Earthing) can go hand-in-hand with the first tool on this list (Spending Time With Nature). Grounding, which is the process of walking barefoot on natural ground, whether it be a dirt trail, a sandy beach, or the grass in your own backyard. Our planet gives off energy, as do we. Walking barefoot, and reconnecting with our planet, can have a similar effect to what happens when you plug your cell phone into it's charger after a long day of talking, texting, and browsing the web. This exchange of energy between you and the soil is a good way to recharge and reduce your stress by replacing stressful energy with fresh, natural, earthly energy. It's been suggested that this technique also provides multiple health benefits, in addition to the soul cleansing and rejuvenating effects that it provides. So, next time you're feeling overwhelmed and may be suffering from a bout of stress, restlessness, or if you're just not feeling like yourself; throw your shoes off and take the opportunity to feel the sand between your toes. You may be surprised just how much better you feel afterwards.
5. Using Adaptogen Herbs and Essential Oils.
Essential oils such as Lavender, Myrrh, Frankincense and Bergamot are all good options. There are many others that may be right for you. The key is finding what suits you best. You can add these oils to your bath (as mentioned before), add them to your moisturizer, or even use them for aroma therapy. All of these options have a relaxing effect that can assist in shedding some of that stressful tension that we all know too well. Smudging (as discussed earlier) is also possible with Sage sprays which are made from the oils derived from the sage itself how smudging can lower your stress level. 6. Reduce Exposure to Toxins (Use Organic Products as Opposed to Harsh Chemicals)
Everywhere we turn these days, there's artificial ingredients and man-made chemicals.They're in everything from the food we eat, to the air we breathe, to the products we put on our skin. When you have the opportunity, it's always best to go with organic food and products over those that are commercially, and artificially produced. Whether it's your favorite dinner dish or your favorite skin care product, the more natural it is, the better it is for you. And the healthier you are, the better equipped you are to handle any stress that enters your life. Visit your local farmer's market and pick up some ingredients for a savory meal. Cook it up yourself, and sit down to dinner. Afterwards, be sure to take a moment to notice how much better you feel than if you had picked up some fast food on the way home. This type of simplicity and natural living is a great way to offset the stresses that you encounter each day.
7. Star Gazing
This may be my personal favorite. Remember being a child, and laying on your back in the grass on a summer night and staring up at the stars? Remember how small you felt as you gazed upward in amazement? As we move into adulthood, we often lose this fascination with the night sky and what lies beyond it. The unfortunate part is, that once we're adults and we're faced with magnified stress everyday, those innocent moments of star gazing become even more necessary. It's not always easy to do in the city due to excessive light pollution, so whenever you get the opportunity, don't hesitate to go out into nature on a clear night and just look up for awhile. It sounds so simple, yet, when you are able to stare into the night sky and see the countless twinkles that stare back at us, you can't help but be reminded of just how small we are.And very often, this also reminds you that most of the issues that are causing your stress are quite small as well.
8. Start Your Own Herb Garden
The benefit to starting your own herb garden is two fold: For one, it helps with remaining more organic based, as we discussed earlier, as you are able to harvest what you grow and use it as needed. But, on top of that, it provides you with a peaceful and enjoyable hobby that gives you great satisfaction from lining the soil, to planting the seeds, to nurturing the growth of the plants and watching them grow until they're ready to be harvested. It's another source connection to the earth. It gives you an opportunity to step outside and put your focus on something other than all the stressful ideas that weigh on your mind far too often. Whether you want to plant herbs, flowers, fruit or vegetables, starting and maintaining a garden is an enjoyable venture that yields beautiful and potentially useful plants. It's also easier than you might think.
There are countless ways to ease the stress that you face during your life, and it's important to find the methods that work best for you ..It's important that we don't get too caught up in the trivial things that tend to overwhelm us when we lose touch with what really matters to each of us individually. Always try and take the time to remind yourself of how amazing it is that we're here at all and always try to keep things in perspective when facing situations that don't have us at our best. What matters most is that we remain aware of what matters most.
(1) https://www.healthbeckon.com/natrual-ways-to-reduce-blood-pressure/ (2) https://johnstonhealth.org/2012/03/5-tips-to-improve-blood-circulation/ (3) https://heartmdinstitute.com/alternative-medicine/what-is-earthing-or-grounding/ (4) https://www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-inflammation#research