Due to the current climate and time of uncertainty, stress is unfortunate but may also be unavoidable. Having the tools to manage stress is a great way to maintain mental, physical, and emotional stability. If you want to change your stress levels, learning stress relief strategies help navigate your mind and body into a restful state are important to practice.
What is stress?
Over the centuries humans developed a coordinated response to protect ourselves in our environment. Stress is our body’s natural response to fear by our minds. Long-term exposure to stress can affect your mental health and cause a psychological syndrome we know as burnout. In some cases, chronic stress or extreme pressure can cause major depressive disorders or anxieties.
So what now? We understand that chronic stress can make us sick. So how do we find a balance between stress and rest? To have a healthy lifestyle you should be able to effectively cycle between the two. After being in a stressful situation your body and mind often need to enter a relaxing state. Stress relief only takes a few minutes to become a habit. Here are the top 4 ways to relieve stress.
Spending a short time using meditation techniques can restore peace and relaxation. When our body is in the “flight or fight” state, it is necessary to activate a natural relaxation response in the body. Implementing activities of meditation will decrease your everyday stress and boost your mood and energy levels.
- Mindfulness – A person can expand their conscious awareness by using mindfulness. Mindfulness focuses on the flow of breathing and the release of your current emotions and thoughts. Stress can be overwhelming when we focus on the current climate or worry about the future. Mindfulness helps train the brain to break these habits.
- Guided Meditation – This technique is used to develop mental images and locations that you find relaxing. This incorporates textures, sounds, sights, and smells.
- Yoga – There are many interpretations of the practice of yoga. Regardless of your interpretation, you can still experiment with meditation techniques that stem from the movements and motions.
Find a Hobby
Hobbies aren’t just for children, but you can certainly look at your childhood for inspiration. Searching for your hobby is all about having fun. Take a moment to reflect on what you find enjoyable or what you enjoyed doing as a child. Did you spend hours in your coloring books? Maybe painting is the right hobby for you. Hobbies are supposed to be exciting and fun. If you try a new activity and feel stressed while you’re doing it, it’s probably time to find a new one. The hobby that you choose should be stress relieving. If the thought of performing an activity seems unappealing, try something new! Options are endless when it comes to finding a hobby.
While everyone has stressors, we can’t ignore the fact that the current climate may have elevated them. Metagenics offers an array of supplements that help reduce stress and anxiety. Here are some that we recommend.
- Adreset- Adreset is a supplement that helps address feelings of physical fatigue that is a result of prolonged stress. This dietary supplement is designed to improve stamina and support the body’s systems involved in managing levels of stress.
- Serenagen- Serenagen is a classic Chinese medicine that is formulated to manage stress. This herbal supplement is used for individuals who have feelings of anxiety, have difficulty resting due to stress, or feelings of being overheated and flushed.
- Exhilarin- Exhilarin is a classic blend of herbs traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. This herbal supplement helps increase stress tolerance and help maintain mental sharpness.
- Tran-Q – Tran-Q is a herbal stress management formula designed to promote relaxation. This supplement helps release tension in those who feel overwhelmed or physically tense and ideal for those who feel stressed and worried.
Utilize Essential Oils
Scents are powerful and can trigger powerful responses in the human body. Scents can directly impact our bodies through our nervous system. Once a scent becomes in contact with our nose, they connect directly to our brain. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to balance your body, mind, and spirit. A few drops of oil can be gently rubbed on your temples, or diffused into the air. Here are 4 oils that can relieve stress.
- Lavender – one of the most common essential oils for balancing stress is lavender. If you are regularly experiencing stress and anxiety you must have lavender. Lavender has proven to restore the nervous system, lower blood pressure, and restore your heart rate. Lavender oil helps calm your nerves and also improves your quality of sleep.
- Ylang Ylang – an essential oil that is extracted from the Indonesian Cananga tree. This oil helps promote comfort and joy by simultaneously lowering your heart rate. Ylang Ylang is also effective for improving your mood and promoting relaxation. Inhaling this scent helps release negative emotions and acts as a natural remedy for anxiety and depression.
- Chamomile = if you have heard of the tea, then you will learn to appreciate the oil. Chamomile is well known for promoting inner calm. In the form of essential oil, Chamomile can be used to reduce anxiety and inflammation in your body. Chamomile oil is also known for stress relief and helps regulate moods.
- Jasmine- it is a natural remedy for depression, stress, and anxiety. Commonly used in Asia, Jasmine oil is used to detox the respiratory system and improve energy levels. Simply place this scent in your diffuser, directly place it on your temple, or add a few drops to a hot bath.
Stress is known as the silent killer which can creep slowly into our lives. Although we may not realize the dangers of stress, chronic stress can cause major damage to our health. Sometimes the uncertainty of life can be too much for us to bear and it is important to balance the stress in our lives. Take a deep breath, relax, and take a moment to prioritize the health of you and your family.
Everybody has felt stress at some point in their lives, and for most people, it is an everyday occurrence. Sometimes the pressure of daily life can become overwhelming and you find yourself feeling stressed out and anxious about everything on your plate. This may be an indication that you need to do something to take care of your stress levels before they start getting out of hand. In this blog post, we will be discussing eight different ways you can relieve stress and feel better!
Manage Your Time
When you are feeling stressed because of all the things on your plate, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and feel like there is no way that everything will ever get done. One thing you may want to try doing is dividing your tasks amongst different days instead of trying to do them all at once! If you have a big project due tomorrow but still need to go grocery shopping today, then break up these two errands over the course of the week so they don’t pile together in one stressful day full of running around town. This tip can also work for smaller tasks as well, such as cleaning out emails or making phone calls; just divvy up small jobs throughout each day so they don’t all come due on the same day.
Writing Down Your Thoughts
Another great way to relieve stress is by taking a moment or two each day to sit down with a pen and paper (or keyboard if that’s more your style) and write out all of the things on your mind! This has been proven as an excellent therapeutic tool because not only does it help release those built-up feelings, but also helps organize them into digestible pieces so they don’t feel as overwhelming anymore. It may sound silly at first, but trust us when we say that after just one session you will start feeling much less anxiety over everything going around in your head- plus now you have something tangible to look back on in the future when you need to decompress.
Get enough sleep!
This is a big one that many people forget about, but it has been proven time and again as an excellent way to alleviate stress without doing anything at all except for allowing your body some much-needed rest. Many of us neglect our sleeping patterns because we are too busy worrying about other things like work or school; however, research shows that those who get more Z’s every night report having lower levels of anxiety than their exhausted counterparts. So go ahead and set that alarm clock 30 minutes earlier so you can sneak in another hour under the covers- it will be worth it!
Get a Massage
A massage is a great way to reduce stress because it eases tension in your muscles, helping you to feel relaxed. Our massage therapists are trained in a variety of massage techniques, each of which provides a different, customized client experience and outcome.
Enjoy a Movie or a Show
Another tip to relieve stress is by watching your favorite TV show or movie! This method has been proven to be effective because it allows us to escape from our own reality while tuning out all other distractions around us- which can definitely feel like a great way to relax after working hard all day long. So sit back, take off those shoes, slip into something comfy, grab some snacks and let yourself drift into another world where everything makes sense in just half an hour.
While many of us would rather do anything but clean up our homes and workspace, it really can be one of the most effective ways of relieving stress. It not only gives you more room to breathe and relax but also helps reduce any feelings of anxiety that come from living a disorganized life where nothing makes sense anymore.
Exercise is one of the most popular ways to de-stress. Almost any type of activity, from aerobics to yoga, can be used as a stress reliever. Physical exercise boosts the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is generally referred to as a runner’s high, any form of physical activity, such as a spirited game of tennis or a nature walk, can give you the same sensation.
Listen to Music
A recent 2021 study showed that adults who listened to both personal and neutral selections of music, at home and in a laboratory environment, had significantly “reduced cortisol (the stress hormone) levels.” This was found regardless of the music type. Music also has the ability to release endorphins and improve our sense of well-being. Brain Tapping is a great way to reduce stress, because it uses sound to bring down the rapid brain waves that trigger tension while ramping up the brain waves that counteract stress, leaving you feeling calm, motivated, and happy.
Sometimes it can feel like the weight of everything in your life is piled up on you. The feeling may be so overwhelming that you start to panic and worry about how you are going to handle all these things at once. This blog has given eight different ways for people who suffer from stress to take care of themselves, but there are many more out there! If any one of our strategies doesn’t work for you or if they don’t seem effective enough, come talk with us – we can help reduce some of this pressure and make sure that your day isn’t ruined by anxiety or stress.