Funny feeling, stress.
It can be caused by literally anything.
Money, work, body image, a romantic date, friends, health, aging, impending news (good or bad); even a weekend coming to a close and the specter of a long week at work starts dawning on you.
It’s a normal reaction to different situations or events in our lives. Unless, of course, it develops into stress.
A whopping number of people suffer from stress disorder each year (40 million in the U.S. alone). About half do not get treatment, and for those that do, most are under stress med prescriptions.
But did you know that there are natural remedies to help reduce stress that are highly effective?
Here are delightful suggestions to help you alleviate some of the discomfort associated with feelings of stress.
Anyone who has tried chamomile tea before bedtime will admit it is calming and does help one sleep better.
Chamomile is a natural herb that is soothing and a great way to help reduce stress. It basically works by naturally binding to your brain receptors.
Available in many forms, we recommend drinking it as a soothing tea. If you’re not a fan of herbal beverages, then probably it’s better to consider alternative natural remedies for stress.
Graviola is a fairly new entrant in the health supplement field, more significantly Western cultures.
The tropical plant has been a staple in Central and South America for centuries as helping to alleviate a range of symptoms associated with indigestion and discomfort.
But what else made graviola a favorite among ancient civilizations was its famed sedative attributes, which can be traced to its rich concentration of tryptophan, a compound with the ability to boost mood and promote sound sleep.
Tryptophan is highest in the leaves and bark of the plant, so consuming extracts or teas made from such organic components is a great natural way to promote positive thoughts and feelings.
Valerian root is commonly used to help promote better sleep, which lacks thereof can lead to feelings of anxiousness.
Thus, in addition to aiding in a good night’s sleep, you can use Valerian root as a remedy for stress.
It is available in pill form, though, as the root elicits a not-so-appealing odor.
Meditation is one of the best natural remedies for stress which should not come as a surprise as this is one of the best self-care practices anyone can engage in.
Meditation involves deep breathing exercises to calm both mind and body.
Engaging in the practice a few minutes each day (or when the stress creeps in) can help you effectively deal with the unease.
Acupuncture is a practice that involves stimulating certain pressure points in your body to correct any imbalance.
It works under the basis that energy in our bodies flows through meridians and by activating these channels and maintaining good energy flow in them, it is possible to manage both our mental and physical health.
According to ancient Chinese medicine, stress is caused by imbalances in the heart and kidney.
Therefore, a trained acupuncturist can mediate this stress by working the acupoints around the heart, kidney, spleen, and ears.
Other simple natural remedies for stress you can incorporate into your daily practice include:
- Eating less sugar
- Reducing the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume
- Opting for more whole foods in favor of processed foods
- Including magnesium in your diet (magnesium has a relaxing effect on the nervous system)
- Regularly taking Vitamin B Complex (vitamin B6 and B12, in particular, have been shown to reduce stress and depression)
- Regular aerobic exercise