Feeling a little frazzled lately? As someone who can physically feel the stress set in (anyone else out there carry their worries in their shoulders?), I'll vouch for the fact that stress is never fun. Whether your own personal source of tension is a big deadline at work, relationship trouble or even that overly exhausting commute, these natural remedies may be just the thing to help you sit back, relax and lower those stress levels.
The easiest place to start (and, depending on your workout strategy, one of the cheapest) is by upping your exercise. While a heart rate-raising workout won't take care of those work woes, it will help keep stress in check by releasing tension and lifting your mood. Thanks for that, endorphins.
Snooze a Little
This option may be my personal favorite. Not only does lack of sleep put additional stress on your body, getting enough sleep comes with a whole host of benefits. They include things like improving your immune system and your memory, and lowering your cortisol production.
Nutrient-dense food can lend your body a helping hand when it comes to easing some of that stress. Put foods high in B vitamins (like leafy green vegetables), calcium and magnesium at the top of your list, along with healthy fats and omega-3s.
Essential oils may just be your new favorite stress-relief option. With the potential to balance your mind and body and help you get a little more relaxed, they're definitely worth a try! Lavender is a popular option for stress reduction (which is why we recommend it for an apres-Friday rest), as are citrusy choices like bergamot and lime.
Sign me up. Diving into a good book is shown to reduce stress levels by up to 68 percent and can actually physically relax your body by lowering your heart rate and your muscle tension. The subject of the book doesn't seem to matter as long as it's a topic (or story) that's captured your interest.
Have you tried any of these ideas to reduce stress? Which natural remedies have worked for you?