WRITTEN BY JAMIE DUVNJAK, CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH
Only you hold the key to reducing the stress in your life. Read this article for some useful tips on how to reduce stress naturally and live a happy life!
Stress is a normal, but potentially dangerous aspect of the human behavior. If left unchecked it can lead to serious depression that can have a negative impact on an individual’s physical and emotional well-being. In fact, stress has been associated with a number of conditions, including anxiety, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and heart disease. This is why it is imperative for you to learn how to manage stress effectively. So, follow these 5 ways to relax and reduce stress naturally:
In this fast-paced world, we hardly get enough time to simply calm down and relax. This lack of relaxation leads to raised stress levels. To reduce stress, you have to get sufficient sleep, which is the most important natural stress-buster of all. Finding the right balance of sleep will allow you to feel well-rested and be ready for whatever the day throws at you. Make it a goal to hit the pillow by 10 p.m. each night.
2. Get a Relaxing Massage
Not too many things are as rejuvenating and relaxing as a soothing massage. In fact, massages have been used as a stress-reliever for thousands of years. Massages are actually quite addictive when you think about it and a whole lot better for your health than some of those other ‘bad’ addictions out there. A good massage will improve blood circulation, reduce pain and relax tense muscles, all of which can do wonders for your mind and body. You will soon be thanking me for this one. So, in advance, you’re welcome!
3. Time for a Little Meditation
Meditation is one of the best natural remedies for reducing stress. It only takes 15 to 30 minutes a day, thus making it possible even in a packed schedule. It’s also inexpensive, as the only tool you need is your own mind! So, just focus on your breathing and give yourself some silent time to let your thoughts run free. The peace and calmness you achieve are guaranteed to help you manage stress.
4. Limit Smartphone and Internet Usage
One of the main problems with reducing stress these days is that we are never truly able to shield ourselves from it. So, disconnect everything or at least block some of the channels from which stress reaches you. Besides, it will actually feel good to communicate with people face-to-face rather than through a small screen. Make sure to do this every day, particularly before sleeping. It is a great solution to curing problems, such as insomnia.
5. Plan a Getaway Vacation
When all else fails, there is only one way to deal with stress and to relax. Pack up your bags and hit the road! The possibilities are endless: spend the day at a zoo or a quiet park, go to a theme park, visit the beach or the mountains or immerse yourself in culture by visiting art galleries and museums. But, if you can’t get away, all hope is not lost. You can plan something similar in your backyard or perhaps even a barbeque. Better yet, spend a cozy night indoors with your partner by planning a special dinner with soft music and candles.
Have a peaceful day!
Certified Health Coach
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