“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” ~ Bible, 1st Peter 5:7
We all experience stress in some sort of ways. The best ways to rid of or relieve stress are doing it the natural way.
Why? Because if you continue to use these techniques over time in your routine, your stress levels won’t increase as it did before. Therefore, you won’t get high blood pressure, obesity, and the likes.
The purpose of stress relief is to focus your thoughts away from the stress so you can focus on the things that reduce your stress.
Here are 6 best all-natural stress relievers you can use in your life to help you reduce and calm down in stressful situations.
- Essentials Oils & A Diffuser (Aromatherapy)
- Eating Right
- Reading A Book
- Quiet Time
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.
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 that natural way.
2. Essential Oils & A Diffuser (Aromatherapy)
There are essentials oils, used with a diffuser, that you can inhale that brings down your stress levels. This is called aromatherapy.
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.
3. Eating Right
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 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 antioxidant 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 times, but the more you incorporate healthy foods into your food lifestyle, you will definitely see a change in your life physically and mentally.
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.
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.
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.
The essence of quiet time is to focus on you and your body. Because the more stressed you are, the body will also follow.
Now the amount of time you spend in quiet time varies for individuals, so find what works for you.
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 5 or 6 hours.
Know what works for you.
There you go!
I’ve given you 6 best natural stress relief to incorporate into your routine.
One way to reduce stress the natural way is to exercise. Whether you like walking, running, or Zumba, find one that helps you increase your good mood and focus your attention away from the stress.
If you like walking, l adding audible or calming music is a great way to reduce stress levels. Love eating? Then make sure you’re eating the right foods that include vegetables, fruits, and proteins (nuts).
Sleep is the best natural stress reliever that’s often taken for granted. Use your time to sleep during the night so when the day comes, you’re rejuvenated and refreshed.
So try to incorporate these stress reliever into your routine and you’ll see a change mentally, physically, and emotionally.
What stress reliever resonate with you? What is your stress reliever? Comment below! Let’s communicate.
Until Next Time,