Stress is a natural part of the human condition. We actually need stress. Without a healthy type of stress at a healthy level, we wouldn’t adapt to threats and we wouldn’t survive.
But not all stress is healthy, and prolonged stress can be detrimental. Severe or prolonged stress can contribute to back pain, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders even cancer. Avoiding, reducing and relieving stress is critical to our survival, too.
Exercising is one of the most effective ways to naturally DE-stress. It has many layers of action. When exercise breath deeper and increase our heart rate, so more oxygen enriched blood flows to our brain. This in itself helps, but exercise also stimulates the production of Beta endorphin.
Certain smells produce a known effect on our mood and sense of wellbeing. Aromatherapy takes this knowledge and works with essential oils to boost mood and relieve stress. Scents that are used to reduce stress include Lavender, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot.
Acupressure works by taping into your body’s energy meridian system to restore balance and natural harmony. Disruption of this energetic harmony is a result of experiencing stress. When you feel overwhelmed by stress try placing your hand across your forehead, palm facing in. This is a natural response to stress.
Meditation is a simple and effective way to clear your mind, decrease anxiety and achieve a sense of calm and relaxation. It reduces your heart rate, slows breathing and brings your blood pressure to a normal level. Find a quiet spot to sit and concentrate. Focus your undivided attention on one specific object in the room, a positive image or even your breathing.
Put Pen to Paper:
Keep a journal. Putting your true thoughts and feelings on paper is a great way to relieve stress. It can help you clear your thoughts and understand your feelings, allowing you to learn more about yourself. It also helps to solve problems, by allowing you to analyze and pick apart a problem, so it is easier for you to find a solution.