Natural Methods to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Whether it is caused by your job, family matters, or an overdue school project, people experience stress on regular basis. Stress is normal, it’s our bodies natural reaction to difficult circumstances and can help motivate us to accomplish daily tasks. However, that being said there is such a thing as being overstressed or anxious and it is important to remember to actively keep stress levels low or at a healthy level. Too much stress can have a serious negative impact on both your emotional and physical health, but you don’t necessarily need to resort to pill popping every time you experience simple stresses. Here are a few easy and affordable natural methods to reducing stress.
The chamomile flower is a common ingredient found in herbal relaxation or ‘sleep time’ teas. You can easily find chamomile tea bags at any local grocery, or self dry chamomile flowers to mix with hot water. Chamomile has been used for centuries in many cultures as a natural sleep aid due to its relaxing effects. Consuming chamomile tea has been known to increase glycine in the body, which is the chemical that acts as a light sedative to relax nerves and muscles.
Aromatherapy is a form of natural treatment that’s success rate varies from person to person. While scent is one of our most powerful senses, that has the ability to make your mind travel back in time to a specific memory, triggered by one whiff of a familiar scent. However, there are many individuals out there who’s sense of smell is one of their weakest, and so aromatherapy may not always be so helpful. Lavender candles and essential oils are many used in spa’s to relax clients. The lavender fragrance has been known to have a calming on effect on people, and so scenting your home with lavender so that you come home to a calming and comforting environment could easily help reduce stress levels at the end of the day.
Valerian Root Extract
Valerian root has also been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines for it’s relaxing effects. You can easily purchase the extract online and add a few drops to your tea to help you unwind at the end of the day. Valerian contains valerenic acid, which works as a natural sedative to the body. It’s a completely safe and non-habit forming natural body relaxant.
Make Time for You!
The most important thing of all, is to remember to make time for yourself. Whether it’s stroll through your neighborhood or a 30-minute nap, you absolutely need a chunk of time everyday to just do nothing. Keeping stress levels low helps to maintain physical and mental health. Do something for yourself, to make you happy every single day.