Have You Been Facing Stress Lately?
Here are 10 Ways That You Can Naturally Cope with Stress
From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. And while you can’t always control your circumstances, you can control how you respond to them. When stress becomes overwhelming, or it’s chronic, it can take a toll on your well-being. That’s why I recommend you have effective stress relievers that can calm your mind and your body.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all option when it comes to stress relief. What works for you might not work for someone else. And what works for you at home might not be an option when you’re at work or in the community (dancing around your living room might be helpful but dancing in the grocery store might not be). So, I would advise you to have a variety of stress relief tools at your disposal. Then, you’ll be able to pick a strategy that works best for your current circumstances.
Symptoms of stress have always existed but here is a list of 10 tips to help relieve stress:
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. It usually seems contradictory when I say this, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress. The benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly according to feedback from clients that CONTACTED me to to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise. (1)
There are a few reasons behind this:
- Stress hormones: Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones such as cortisol in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.
- Sleep: Exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
- Confidence: When you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing. (2)
Try to find an exercise routine or activity you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, rock climbing or yoga. And activities such as walking or jogging that involve repetitive movements of large muscle groups can be particularly stress relieving. But I recommend you CONTACT me to understand your unique case and recommend some other supplements.
2. Eat a Balanced Diet
A poor diet can bring greater reactivity toward stress. Emotional eating and reaching for high-fat, high-sugar foods can provide a temporary sense of relief that adds to your long-term stress. Refined carbs, like cookies and potato chips, can cause a spike in blood sugar. When your blood sugar crashes, you might experience more stress and anxiety. Consuming a healthy diet can help you combat stress over the long haul. Foods like eggs, avocado, and walnuts support mood regulation and energy balance. But I recommend you CONTACT me to understand your unique case and recommend some other supplements. (3)
3. Deep Breathing
Mental stress activates your sympathetic nervous system, signaling your body to go into “fight-or-flight” mode. During this reaction, stress hormones are released and you experience physical symptoms such as a faster heartbeat, quicker breathing, and constricted blood vessels.
Deep breathing exercises can help support your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. The goal of deep breathing is to focus your awareness on your breath, making it slower and deeper.
When you breathe in deeply through your nose, your lungs fully expand and your belly rises. This helps slow your heart rate, allowing you to feel more peaceful. I recommend several types of deep breathing exercises, such as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing and paced respiration. (4)
4. Spend Time with Friends and Family
Do you know that social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times? Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times.
I read a study for women, in particular, that explains that spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. This effect is called “tend and befriend,” and is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response.
Keep in mind that both men and women benefit from friendship. I also stumbled on another study that found that men and women with the fewest social connections were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Would you like to improve your social connections? CONTACT me right away to discuss your unique case. (5)
5. Learn to Avoid Procrastination
Another way to take control of your stress is to stay on top of your priorities and stop procrastinating. Procrastination can lead you to act reactively, leaving you scrambling to catch up. This can cause stress, which negatively affects your health and sleep quality.
I will advise you to start the habit of making a to-do list organized by priority. You could CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where I will explain how you can set realistic deadlines and work your way down the list. Work on the things that need to get done today and give yourself chunks of uninterrupted time, as switching between tasks or multitasking can be stressful itself. (6)
Do you know that cuddling, kissing, hugging and sex can all help support stress? Positive physical contact can help release oxytocin and lower cortisol. This can help lower blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are physical symptoms of stress. Interestingly, humans aren’t the only animals who cuddle for stress relief. Chimpanzees also cuddle friends who are stressed. (7)
7. Listening to Music
Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on the body. I recommend slow-paced instrumental music when clients CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation. This can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as stress hormones. Some types of classical, Celtic, Native American and Indian music can be particularly soothing. But CONTACT me to discuss your unique preference of music that could be effective too. Nature sounds can also be very calming. This is why they’re often incorporated into relaxation and meditation music. (8)
8. Sleep Better
Everyone knows stress can cause you to lose sleep. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is also a key cause of stress. This vicious cycle causes the brain and body to get out of whack and only gets worse with time. I recommend you get seven to eight hours of sleep. Turn the TV off earlier, dim the lights, and give yourself time to relax before going to bed. It may be the most effective stress buster on our list! (9)
9. Enjoy Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy has real benefits for stress relief. I observed that this will help you to feel energized, more relaxed, or more present in the moment. There are studies that suggests that certain scents can alter brain wave activity and decrease stress hormones in the body.
So whether you enjoy candles, diffusers, or body products, I recommend that you consider incorporating some aromatherapy into your day. You could CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where I will explain some other benefits of aromatherapy. (10)
10. Create Artwork
Getting in touch with your creative side may have been easy for you during childhood, but if you’ve lost touch with your penchant for artwork, it’s not too late to pick it up again. If you aren’t into drawing or painting, consider coloring in a coloring book. You could CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where I will walk you through the importance of coloring books and how coloring can be a great stress reliever. (11)
Finding the best stress relief strategies may take some experimenting. Some strategies may take practice too. These tips often involve getting your mind away from the source of stress. Exercise, mindfulness, music and physical intimacy can all work to relieve anxiety but I recommend you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where we would discuss a plan that meets your needs and improves your overall work-life balance as well.
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Are you tired of masking your symptoms with harsh medications and want to get to the root cause of stress? You could take charge of your health today with a FREE 20-minute phone consultation. We will identify the key areas that need support and give necessary support to show what needs to be done uniquely for your case. Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation if you or your loved ones are seeking relief from stress-related issues. Chen Ben Asher will give you her best care recommendations based on what’s happening inside your body on a cellular level, in a bid to achieve optimum results. But rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as we look for the root cause!