7 Organic Remedies for Reducing Stress
Many people smoke when they’re stressed. They say smoking helps relieve the stress somewhat. While that may be true, smoking isn’t really the healthiest way to reduce stress, is it? If you truly want to reduce stress while still living a productive and active lifestyle, then you’ll have to find more natural and healthier stress busters.
To help you out, here are seven of the best organic stress remedies you can take advantage of:
1. Regular Exercise
Yes, it’s hard work, but regular exercise can work wonders in terms of stress relief. You don’t even have to slave away doing crunches and lifts at the gym to benefit from exercise. Simply by engaging in sports you enjoy (kickboxing, running, tennis, squash, etc.), you can already successfully beat stress.
Soothing music can be the best way to quiet thoughts that add to your stress such as, “You’re not even halfway through your work and the day’s almost over!” or “You have got to do this right!” Not only that, but music can also help release your creative juices, thus giving you inspiration to work more efficiently. If you need to do a little overtime work, music can be the perfect companion to keep your energy levels up until it’s time to go home.
Music can be very soothing, especially when you listen to it at the end of a hectic day. DeviantArt.com photo by ~Karl683
You don’t have to be a monk to enjoy the benefits of meditation. In fact, busy career individuals like you may need to meditate more than anyone else. Meditation is an excellent way to keep stress levels well under control and maintain your composure even in the most trying situations. All you need to do is set aside a few minutes each morning when you wake up and just sit quietly focusing on your breathing. Close your eyes and control the manner in which you breathe. You need to exhale twice as long as you inhale. This can help you set a relaxing mood for the rest of your day.
Most people don’t realize they need a good massage until a massage therapist actually starts kneading the tension away from their tired muscles. A good massage has a lot of benefits to offer. Among other things, it takes the tightness out of your muscles, relieves headaches induced by stress, improves your mood, helps your body get rid of toxins, and gets you revitalized and ready to face more challenges. There is indeed magic in the human touch and if you can’t get a massage when you need it, even a simple hug from your spouse or kids can help get you through another day.
Channel the power of the human touch by getting a relaxing massage or at least a hug from your loved one. Flickr.com photo by ThomasWanhoff
You may not realize it, but being surrounded by clutter at home and at work adds to the stress you’re already feeling. Try to organize your workspace such that it’s easy to find the things you need. Also, ensure that there’s a system you follow in getting things done. You’ll be surprised at how much faster you can complete projects in a well-organized set-up.
6. Choose Your Food and Drinks Well
The food and drinks you consume can do so much more than keep you from collapsing out of hunger. In fact, there are foods and drinks that can help relieve you of stress. Adaptogenic herbs like Rhodiola and Eleuthero are known to help your body fight off mental and physical stress. Additionally, herbal teas may also help you relax and unwind after a busy day at work. You may also want to cap your day with a glass of red wine, which helps you get a good night’s sleep.
The food and drinks you consume can help reduce the stress you feel each day. Flickr.com photo by SuzetteSuzette
Studies have shown that about two-thirds of adults get less than seven hours of sleep, which is the minimum amount of sleep you should be getting each night. Bear in mind that getting adequate rest and sleep is among the best ways to reduce stress, and it doesn’t cost anything! Perhaps one of the reasons why you’re not getting enough sleep is that you aren’t following a consistent sleeping schedule, which your body normally craves. Strive to get into bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time every morning. It would also help if you had a regular nighttime “ritual.” For example, you could curl up on your favorite couch with a good book at 9PM and then get into bed 30 minutes later. Do this every single night and your body will soon get used to the routine.
Stress can indeed be dangerous to your health and well-being. It can weaken your immune system, damage your memory cells, and strain your heart, among other things. This makes it all the more important for you to find healthy ways of coping and reducing stress in your life. By following the above tips, you’ll be sure to enjoy your life even more.
What are some holistic ways you relieve stress? Answer in the comment section below.