Stress to death? 5 Natural Remedies for stress and anxiety.
Updated: Jul 8
Okay so you probably won’t die from stress alone, but it is not something to just let go by the way side. A high level of stress in daily life can leave you more susceptible to disease and illness by suppressing the immune system. This leaves you unequipped to fight off viruses. The link between immune system and stress is all too clear if cold sores are something you have the pleasure of occasionally renting space to on your face.
You are in control.
If you know that you can actually reduce your own stress without pharmaceuticals you‘re ahead of the curve. A plethora of studies have found simple DIY things can significantly reduce stress levels. Like the study from Harvard neuroscientist's who put participants in “an eight-week mindfulness- based stress reduction program.” Results showed improved mood regulation and even positive changes in their brain.
There has not been a lot of decent research done on natural remedies, so we cling to the small findings that we can get and rely on our personal experience.
The methods I am going to show you have gotten me past anxiety attacks and kept my stress at bay. I've been at these 5 things since my first year out of school. When the weight of the world became a little too much and responsibilities crippled me, I looked within to find solace. I'm excited to share them with you and hope that if nothing else they remind you, that you're in control.
1. Inhaling Essential Oils
Popular essences for inhalation to relax include Lavender, Bergamot and Lemon.
In my experience these all work great. You can use a diffuser for the home or office. On the go, a inhaler or mini salt jar work perfectly. How does this work though? Google calls aromatherapy a pseudo science! Which basically means a load of Pooh. Your ol factory senses lead straight to the primitive and higher brain which effect emotions and conscious thought. Some essential oils like Frankincense even have small enough particles to break through the blood brain barrier and reduce inflammation and improve memory. Aromatherapy for relaxation has some legit studies to back it up like this one concluding lavender inhalation to be effective in reducing stress after childbirth.
2. Drinking Herbs
Tea with Chamomile, Lavender, or Peppermint are great options for lowering stress. Take a small break for a cup of herbal tea and you can smell the soothing aroma, feel the warmth in your body and let the plants medicinal properties go to work. Bonus points if you combine a cup of herbal tea with the next method!
Journaling does not have to be a diary where you write the date, the weather, or current events in your life. Here are things you can use your journal for that can reduce stress:
• Let out what may be weighing you down, without the fear of judgment.
• Reflect on past achievements.
• Write your aspirations and how you are going to get there.
• Write all of the things you are great-full for.
4. Meditation or Yoga
Take your mind off worries. Yes it is possible. An amazing technique for meditation is the Body Scan. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Bring your awareness to the top of your head and release any tension in that area before bringing your awareness down into your face and ears. Release the tension there and move down to the neck. Do this all the way down the body slowly, until you get the tips of your toes. Yoga or any other activity that requires your mind to be still or focused will have a similar effect. So pick up that hobby, it’s good for your health!
5. Simple self care routine
You may want to experiment with different self care routines to find one that makes sense to you. I personally like simple and easy ones that don’t take up a lot of time. I use a custom blend oil infused with my favorite plants and flowers to give myself a simple face and neck massage in the mornings. Put a squirt into the palm of your hands, rub them together, take in the aroma with adeep breath and start your mini massage. This gets the lymphs flowing and sends a subtle yet powerful message to your mind: “I care about myself”. This is an act of self love, which will raise your self worth and lower your stress.
One important reminder before we part ways:
You are powerful. It is likely that you are so much more powerful than you know. As you begin to take control of things in your life and improve them, you will begin to see only the surface of how magical you really are.
+ If you ever need help, don't be afraid to reach out to a psychotherapist they have devoted their life work to your mental health.
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