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5 Natural Ways To Relieve Stress And Anxiety

By Mia Johnson

Due to constant exposure to hectic daily chores and responsibilities, and leading a fast-paced lifestyle, it is no wonder that many people are suffering from depression and stress. Not only the hustle and bustle of modern life but also social agitation tends to lead to anxiety. However, there is no need to dwell about it and close your body and mind from the outside world, take some pills or spend days inside sleeping. No. The key to relieving anxiety and stress lies in some natural and effective ways. Mother nature truly is a great savior, and here are the top 5 ways that can utterly help you fight off stress and anxiety...

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1. Mindful exercises

Whatever form of workout you opt to do, can only do good for both your body and your wellbeing. Doing some form of high-intensity exercise will help you boost up your energy, stamina and re-energize your entire organism. However, in order to completely escape from daily commotions and relieve from the stress, you might want to meditate. Meditation is great for slowing down racing thought, keeping your state of mind calm, and help you make it easier to manage stress and anxiety. There are wide-range of therapeutic meditation exercise that you can do, you only need to totally close your mind from the outside world. Doing yoga is extremely beneficial, and all other relaxing exercises that include relaxing tense muscles. When you start exercising regularly you feel start feeling competent and confident in your mind which promotes healthy mental wellbeing.

2. Improve your nutrition

After a long and busy day, the worst case scenario is to eat some fast food and go to sleep. We are what we eat, and the healthiest way to relieve stress and anxiety is to start a diet which includes eating whole, fresh, unprocessed, and organic food. We can supplement the lack of energy with some vitamins, amino acids, herbs, and minerals, but that is not enough for relieving stress. The goal is to avoid eating refined sugar, which contains no essential nutrients, to cut down on salty and all kinds of processed foods. Furthermore, it is crucial to stay away from alcohol and reduce the intake of caffeine (cola, tea, coffee, chocolate). Besides implementing more raw fruits and vegetables in your diet, you should eat more food that contains omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts.

3. Using nature’s wonders

Every single person should spend a minimum of 1 hour out in the fresh air. Especially if you are aiming to fight off stress and anxiety, you should strive to go out into the wilderness. Walking in the forest, hiking on the mountain, strolling down the river bank, and indulging in clean and fresh air will help you clear out your head and relieve from agitation. Mother nature has even more to offer. Herbal teas such as chamomile can alter the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Then, tonic herb like ginseng is good for preventing and treating chronic stress. A few drops of lavender oil in water when you bath will completely relax all your muscles. Let's not forget about cannabidiol or the derivative of cannabis which has significant potential to completely relieve stress and reduce panic. So, then, it is a mistaken belief that cannabis is used only for the "high" feeling because it can undoubtedly help relieve chronic stress.


4. Socialize

You will get even more stressed and upset if you deal with your nervousness and troubles all alone. Solitude and depression, unfortunately, go hand in hand, and a natural way to fight that feeling and improve your mental state is to spend more time with your loved ones. Go for a stroll together, play some interesting games in the park, such as badminton, or go out for a glass of fine white wine in a posh club. You need to nurture your friendship and be around positive people. What is more, spending time with your pet may help reduce stress and improve mood as well. Pets offer unconditional and irreversible love, support and companionship, thus spending time with your pet can surely help you reduce anxiety and stress, and even help improve some psychological issue.

5. Sensual therapy

Throughout history, aromatherapy has helped fight off numerous mental related issues, especially it was proven to help relieve stress and anxiety. Essential oils come from plants, so it is an utterly natural way to relieve stress. Aromas stimulate our sense of smell, and when you only light up lavender, cedarwood or jasmine candles you will be able to relax and set your mind at ease. You can enlighten your sense of smell even more by adding some of this plan “essence” to bath, placing it on the pillow or apply it on the body. They are believed to support the immune system, relieve from stress, strengthen hair, reduce inflammation, and provide mental clarity natural pain reliever.

Play music, go out on the fresh air, exercise, and eat quality foods, and in no time will you notice a significant change to your inner body.

Mia Johnson is a freelance writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sidney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

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