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Stress is something we all experience every day. We all experience issues and challenges every day at work, family, and our life. And the cause of these stress invokes negative emotions, lack of sleep, overeating, overthinking, anxiety, and even chronic illness.
I’m a stress eater especially with chocolate and ice cream. I know it’s not good for me so I am working on it so I won’t have to learn on food for my emotion reduction.
There are many effects that are the cause of stress, such as nail-biting and hair loss. Stress basically makes your whole body react in some way. Therefore, stress needs to be reduced in order for us to properly function daily. The proper way of reducing stress though is doing it the natural way. Why? Because using natural stress relievers does not harm your body and helps it bring it to a meditative calmness.
Let’s discuss some of the best all-natural stress relievers you can use for to reduce your stress.
This post is about the best all-natural stress reliever activities.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #1: Exercise
I am all about exercise. My favorite exercise is Zumba and Strength Training. When I put on that Zumba DVD, I dance like its nobody business. It relieves me from stress even when I’m tired and I love it! If you’re into dancing or anything cardio that gets you moving, here are some DVDs you should try out at home sometimes.
Sometimes stress leads you to ponder on the problem that leads you to stress out. When you exercise, you don’t have to think about it because you’re so focused on your favorite exercise. Plus, it feels great.
Now you don’t have to take Zumba, but finding the right exercise for you is important, the one that reduces your stress relief the natural way. You can walk or run outside. You can do stretching exercises. Whatever gets you moving and gets you heart pumping, will definitely help you reduce your stress.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #2: Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is used among a lot of people. It’s natural in some way because of the essential oils. They’re used with a diffuser so the essence of the essential oils spreads out in the room to leave you with a sweet smelling aroma.
Have you ever smelled some good food one day then all of a sudden it made you think of your mother’s cooking? Or your dad’s cooking? It brought back good old times, but it also helped you calm down because you’re thinking of the food that made you FEEL GOOD. It’s sort of like that.
There are certain oils that help you focus and concentrate, increase your good moods, and help you relax. Here’s more information about oil diffusers and essential oils and why they can help you ease your stress. If you’re looking for a particular essential oils and a diffuser, then try out these products below.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” ~ Bible, 1st Peter 5:7
I remember watching a video when I was in college about the processing of fast food. Did it make my stomach churn! Do you know how long fast food stays in your stomach in order for it to break down? It depends on the individual. But this stomach that I observed took about 3-4 days for the food to finally break down and move to the colon.
The average time for your food to break down should only take 1-2 days, TOPS! When I changed the way I ate by incorporating healthy food and drinking 32-38 ml of water, I noticed a change in me. I was more active rather than feeling heavy, I wasn’t moody, and I went to the bathroom every day ( I know that this is TMI, but someone has to say it). That’s a good thing because I was constantly getting rid of bad toxins.
Eating the right foods every time of the day not only reduces stress levels but also breaks down food easily in a day or two is helping your body a great deal.
Try to incorporate a lot of vegetables into your meals. There are specific vegetables out there that can help you reduce stress. One of them is carrots which have a great antioxidant (reducing the storage of food in your stomach and removes organisms that are not supposed to be in your body). Other vegetables you should consider are broccoli and peas.
Fruits are also good for you too because it includes antioxidants and vitamin C. These are citrus fruit, or ‘juicy fruit’ as I call them. Strawberries, oranges, tangerines are a good source of vitamin C. Other good foods you should consider are salmon, Jasmine rice, or healthy nuts such as almonds.
Try to incorporate not all but some and see how it helps your body. It all takes time, but the more you incorporate healthy foods into your food lifestyle, you will definitely see a change in your life physically and mentally, which then will reduce your stress.
MAKE SURE YOU ALSO DRINK WATER! This is such an essential liquid to your body.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #4: Reading A Book
Now, this may be different for everyone but reading a book has good benefits for reducing stress levels.
It also depends on the kind of book you read. A textbook, unless you’re a fan of textbooks, may not reduce your stress levels. Finding a book that helps you calm down and gets your focus on things that you like is a great way to reduce stress levels.
I love reading books, especially if I can incorporate some imagination into it. Or I find myself reading motivational books to help me process things better throughout the day. Here are some books that I currently have in my must-read and that I am also currently reading.
If you’re not the reading type but more of a listener, then use Audible. You can listen to your favorite book on the go as you walk, go to work, or even in your home cooking or cleaning.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #5: Quiet Time
A lot of individuals use quiet time in many ways. You can use this time to breathe, read a book as I mentioned above, prayer, listening to soothing music (rain or piano) or sit in silence and produce good thoughts. You can do this in the car, at home, wherever you are.
The essence of quiet time is to focus on you and your body. Because the more stressed you are, the body will also follow. So being in a state of quietness helps you to understand your body where it’s at the moment.
Now the amount of time you spend in the quiet varies for individuals, so find the specific measure of time that works for you.
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Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #6: Sleep
Sleep is a great way to rejuvenate your body. You feel refreshed and ready for the day. Though sleep should not be the only way to reduce stress levels (incorporating a healthy breakfast, reading or listening to a good book), its critical to how you’re going day is going to go.
If you sleep less, then you’re cranky (raise hand). If you sleep more, then you feel sluggish. Experts say that getting an average of 7-8 hours of sleep is good. But everyone is different. Some sleep for 5 or 6 hours. I know my body tends to sleep exactly 7 or 8 hours and I am good the day.
You just need to know what works for you.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #7: Create a grateful mindset
If you’re always stressed, negative moods or negative emotions will come along with it. Stress can come from specific things. Maybe you’re at work and your manager is telling you to finish a specific project at a certain deadline that you think is too soon. Or you’re going through something with your family. Whatever your stress is, you can take it out on yourself and others.
Sometimes, it can things that we’re hoping to get to but we cheat ourselves by trying to maneuver the quickest way possible to get where we want. Then it leads us to over stressing because we’re overworking our body, overworking our thoughts, and even overworking our life.
That is why the best thing you can do is cultivating a gratitude attitude. On a daily basis, you can write down 3-5 things, in the midst of the stress, that you’re grateful for. This will calm your body and focus your mind on what’s good and pleasing.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #8: Put everything into perspective
Do you ever find yourself stressing out and then start thinking for the worse? Your car has a flat tire just before going to work, so you start thinking about your car dying or your manger will fire you. Thoughts like these happens to me quite some bit. And the bad part of this is that when I think of worst-case scenarios, it never happens! So don’t let you mind lead you to thinking such things. Even if they may be worse-case scenario, understand that you’ll make it through and breathe again.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #9: Get into a hobby
I love hobbies. Some of my favorite hobbies actually are photography, Netflix, and knitting. Photography takes me to a place of quietness, since my favorite photos are composed of nature. Watching a comedy tv show on Netflix helps me relax. Knitting is such a peaceful activity where I not only focus on my knitting but I can also do it almost everywhere. I mostly do it at home or outside in the backyard. If you’ve had a stressful day, wind down with something you enjoy doing.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #10: Discover when you’re most stressful
We all have a point to where at a certain time or day where stress really gets to us. Pinpoint the specific time or day where stress hits you the most and deliver your natural stress relief activity at the time. If it is at work, you can try breathing, reading , or walking. Therefore, you can manage your stress at the specific time so you won’t feel burnt out the rest of the day.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #11: Talk About It
Nothing is better than letting something out of your system, especially if it is something that has been bothering you for a long time. Talking to someone you trust and can support you is definitely something that will help you calm down. You don’t want these your issues to build up, so let it all out with someone you know and trust.
If your stress has increased to the point of anxiety or mental health issues, then it’s time to talk to a professional. Talking to a professional counselor that understands the subject of stress, especially from every particular situation, will lead you in the right direction. You’ll talk things out and come up with resources of methods to help you reduce your stress. Find a professional counselor near you and so you can get this done as soon as possible.
Best All-Natural Stress Reliever #12: Drink Tea
I love tea, especially when it’s hot tea. It’s basically the best natural stress-relieving activity I love doing. It’s calming, soothing, and relaxes my muscles. The top teas that can help you alleviate your stress if you’re into tea, especially those that focused on receiving stress are Chamomile, Lemon infused tea, and peppermint tea. Here are some tea brands below to give you some ideas.
There you go! What is you best all-natural stress reliever? Let’s share it!
Until Next Time,