10 WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS NATURALLY


Posted By : Norck Sleep.

1. Passionflower
While passionflower has long been
considered a “folk remedy” for anxiety
and insomnia, a few studies have shown
that the herb may actually be comparable in
effectiveness to benzodiazepine drugs,
which are used to treat stress. Though not
proven, it is believed that passionflower
works by increasing levels of a chemical
called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in
the brain. This lowers the activity of some
brain cells, making you feel more relaxed.
Passionflower is available in a variety of
forms, including infusions, teas, liquid
extracts and tinctures. It is not
recommended for children or for women
who are pregnant or nursing. Consult your
doctor before adding it to your diet,
especially if you are taking other
medications.
2. Massage
This is kind of a no-brainer, right?
Everybody loves a massage. But did you
know that it’s been used as a stress reliever
for thousands of years? Historically, the
Chinese used massage to open blocked
energy channels in order to improve health
and Hippocrates, the “father of western
medicine,” used friction for physical healing
treatments. Today, we use massage to relax
tense muscles, reduce pain and improve
circulation, which can all do wonders for the
mind.
3. Meditation
Meditation, or mindfulness, only takes 15 to
30 minutes a day, which is possible even in
a packed schedule. It’s also incredibly
affordable, considering the only tool you
need is your own mind. Just give yourself
some silent time to let your thoughts run
free or just focus on your breathing. That
small amount of peace in your day can help
you deal with or even release stress.
4. Exercise
Whether it’s yoga, Tai Chi or running,
exercise works much in the same way as
meditation because it gives you the time to
be alone with your thoughts (or an
opportunity to let them go). However,
exercise also has the added benefit of
releasing endorphins into the brain, which
improves your mood. It also prevents
obesity and other health problems, giving
you less to be stressed about.
5. Organize your life
Organization offers a sense of control and
peace of mind, and there’s a number of
ways you can improve in this regard. If
you’re the kind of person who’s always
running around, it can help to make lists so
that you remember everything. If you’re
the kind of person who feels edgy in their
own house, tidy up. Studies have shown the
mere sight of clutter can put us on edge.
6. Eat healthy
It’s actually been proven that junk food can
make us depressed (not to mention fat) so
clean up your diet. Healthy foods like whole
grains and protein can improve your mood
and give you long-lasting energy to tackle
everything that comes your way during the
day. Foods that are especially effective for
stress-busting include blueberries, salmon
and almonds, according to scientists.
Also, put down that extra cup of coffee.
While studies have shown that some coffee
during the day can offer health benefits,
too much caffeine will make you jittery and
anxious, and eventually lead to a crash.
7. Limit Internet and cellphone use
Disconnect, disconnect, disconnect. Part of
the problem with reducing stress in today’s
world is that we are never truly able to
shield ourselves from it. By turning away
from the Internet and shutting off our
cellphones, we can at least block some of
the channels from which stress can reach
us. Doing this also allows us to live in the
moment and appreciate it.
It is particularly important to cut off
electronic use before sleep, which can cut
down on insomnia-related problems.
8. B Vitamins
B vitamins are known to promote proper
functioning of the brain and nervous
system, as well as help induce relaxation
and fight fatigue. In fact, indicators of B
deficiency include irritability, depression
and apathy, so to stave off those
symptoms, increase your intake of foods
rich in B vitamins. B vitamins are typically
found in the germ and bran of cereal grains,
as well as beans, peas, nuts, liver, eggs and
dairy products.
9. Aromatherapy
In some cases, inhaling certain scents has
been shown to have immediate stress relief
effects by raising mood, reducing anxiety
and aiding focus and concentration. Experts
say it’s because the smells can stimulate the
limbic system, which in turn releases
chemicals that affect the brain, promoting
feelings of relaxation, calmness, love and
excitement. Popular oils for stress relief and
mental fatigue include lavender, cypress
and rosemary.
10. Sleep
Sleep is the most important natural stress
reducer of them all. Too little sleep leaves us
cranky, irritable and on edge. Too much
sleep can leave us sluggish and depressed.
Try to find the right balance that allows you
to feel well-rested and ready for the day.
Promote better sleep by establishing
bedtime rituals that signal to your brain that
it’s time to fall asleep, avoid exercise in the
three hours before sleep or take a warm
bath. Certain foods can also promote sleep,
such as carbohydrates, bananas, peanuts,
figs and dairy. These contain tryptophans, a
precursor for creating melatonin. However,
avoid having a large meal close to bedtime,
because it may result in indigestion, reflux
or heartburn.StressedAccountant

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