Stress is a regular part of our lives. Whether you’re a workaholic or a stay-at-home person, stress is something that remains constant through it all.
Do you know stress is beneficial in certain situations? For example, exam stress makes you work harder. Similarly, work stress motivates you to perform better, but persistent stress can cause significant distress to your life.
The question is, how to manage stress? Yes, you can take antidepressants to get rid of it, but antidepressants bring along several side effects. Thus, it’s not recommended to take antidepressants for longer durations.
Still, you don’t have to worry about it as there are several herbal remedies and lifestyle changes that can help keep everyday life stress at bay. Let me list down a few effective ways to relieve stress and anxiety:
First and foremost, you need to add exercise to your daily routine. It’s one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to treat stress. Regular exercise increases the production of endorphins in the body.
Endorphins are happy chemicals responsible for your delighted mood and increased energy. It also decreases the number of serotonin (a stress hormone) in the body.
All you need to do is take out a few minutes of the day and go for a morning walk. If you find it hard to make time for it, you can simply perform a few body stretches before bedtime. Remember that a little effort goes a long way.
Allopathic medicines have lots of side effects, but it’s not the same for herbal medicines. Herbal medicines are made using natural plants and herbs without any preservatives or other chemicals, so they’re entirely safe.
Work stress is something that doesn’t leave me alone. There’s a new story every day. Do you know how I fought it off? I use Canadian shrooms. That’s right. I’ve finally learned how to store shrooms and now I keep a stock at home for everyday use.
Apart from that, ashwagandha, kava kava, chamomile, purple space cookies, and saffron are also quite effective in the treatment of stress and anxiety. Chamomile, when used in combination with the shrooms, makes the best solution.
Talking to Loved Ones
You may think of it as a mainstream piece of advice when in reality it’s more helpful than you can imagine. Talking about how you feel and sharing your emotions can significantly help combat everyday life stress.
It’s also validated by science that talking to your mother relieves more than 50% of your stress as your mother’s voice is said to be the most soothing of them all. That’s not all! You can talk to anyone, a friend or family member.
The goal is to share how you feel, the things that bother you, and the problems that depress you. Sometimes external validation is all you need to feel better.
Writing a Journal
A lot of people feel hesitant when talking to family or friends about the issues they have or how they feel about certain things. Sadly, there’s an apprehension in opening up to someone, most people consider it inappropriate.
What you can do is write it instead. Yes, you’ve heard that right. Your journal is not going to judge for anything you feel or write. Therefore, it’s recommended to write a journal every day. Whatever you feel, good or bad, simply write it down.
You’ll see an instant difference in how you feel after that. It will instantly relieve the $1000 weight you’re carrying on your shoulders at the moment.
A Balanced Diet
Having a balanced diet is crucial if you want to keep stress at bay and that too, naturally. What you eat affects you in ways you don’t even imagine. Carbs and added sugar can increase the production of cortisol in your body, worsening the pre-existing stress.
Apart from that, caffeine is a stimulant present in coffee and tea that also negatively contributes to stress. Although the caffeine tolerance level is different for everyone, it is still wise to avoid caffeine as much as you can.
If you take 4-5 cups of coffee or tea per day, limit your caffeine intake to 1-2 cups. I reckon that it’s relaxing to start the day with a cup of coffee, but it’s only temporary as caffeine triggers deep-down depression.
Last but not least, you need to get appropriate sleep in order to lead a healthy life. As mentioned by the Sleep Foundation, an individual needs to sleep for at least 7-8 hours to function actively through the day.
Lack of sleep activates your body’s energy-consuming mode. It not only causes fatigue but also increases the number of cortisol in the body. Thus, mental health experts recommend maintaining a healthy sleep cycle.
If you’re an older adult or a child below the age of 12, you may need to sleep more than 7-8 hours. Let’s call it an essential body need! Oh, and it’s the easiest way to remain stress-free in day-to-day life. What do you think?
The Final Word…
Besides the ones mentioned above, you can also try meditation, yoga, or have a body massage. Body massage is exceptionally good for stress management. Similarly, mindfulness-based meditation or mindfulness in yoga helps relieve stress immediately.
Winding it up, I want you to know the severity of the situation. If you fail to take adequate measures to control stress and anxiety, it can turn into more serious problems. Persistent stress can eventually lead you towards major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or a more serious neurological issue like epilepsy.
Knowing the consequences of the issue can save you from a lot of potential trouble. Follow the tips and tricks mentioned above for successful stress management. I’m confident they’ll help you just like they helped me a while ago. I wish you all a wonderful day ahead, my friends!