Natural remedies for stress - how to beat it!

There are natural remedies for stress that you can adopt to help you cope with stress. Relieving stress is an essential part of achieving optimum health. 

Do you recognize that you have stress in your life? Not all people do. If your stress is left unchecked it will have a negative affect on you and your health.

Stress in normal levels is dealt with by the body and is healthy but chronic sustained stress is not healthy and not good for you.

What is stress?

This is how your body reacts to stress. 
Your body reacts to stress by producing adrenalin, your heart starts pounding, your breathing changes, stored glucose is released into your blood, your muscles tense, your eyes dilate and your blood thickens. 

Stress is what your body finds stressful and we all have different levels of stress we can tolerate. There is good stress and bad stress.

Good stress
Stress that makes you feel happy and excited is good, this could be planning a holiday, planning a big family event or buying a new home. Providing these don't become prolonged and too stressful and turn into bad stress. 

Bad stress
Stress that repeatedly makes you feel unhappy on a daily basis which could be a demanding job, relationship problems or a prolonged illness of a family member are some examples of chronic stress. There are many more as everyone leads different lifestyles and have different coping mechanisms.

How stress affects you

Stress is a threat to your body's equilibrium. The mind is so powerful that it can think itself into a frenzy by imagining stressful situations. Stress affects everyone differently and how you cope or react to it will differ from how someone else copes with it.

  • stress can contribute to and speed up the ageing process.
  • stress can affect you mental health leading to anxiety and depression.
  • stress can affect your physical health in the form of high blood pressure, strokes, heart problems and cancer.
  • stress can affect your ability to make rational decisions.
  • stress can cause digestive disorders.
  • stress can cause skin and hair problems.

The Stress Test

1. Are you irritable with friends/family/work colleagues?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

2. Do you have trouble sleeping?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

3. Do you ever feel like you’re not in control?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

4. Do you suffer from minor coughs, colds, aches and pains etc?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

5. Do you feel tired all the time?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

6. Do you ever experience lack of appetite?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

7. Do you feel unable to make decisions?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

8. Do you use alcohol, drugs or nicotine to help you cope?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

9. Do you put off making time for exercise?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

10. Are you under pressure at work?
  Yes
  No
  Sometimes

If you have answered mainly 'Yes' to these questions or have five 'Yes' answers, you are probably suffering from stress and need to address your stress levels. It is far better to address these issues now before they become out of control, using natural remedies for stress. 

Stress Symptoms

Symptoms of stress can include:

Mental and emotional symptoms

  • depression and/or anxiety
  • irritability, anger
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • poor decision making
  • unable to stop constant thoughts of worry or concern
  • lack of concentration
  • poor memory

Physical symptoms

  • pain in chest, stomach or muscles
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • digestion problems
  • changes to heart rate
  • changes to blood pressure
  • fertility problems
  • change in appetite eating more or less
  • increased use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other stimulants  

Natural Remedies for Stress

There are many natural remedies for stress. The key is to find a solution that suits you and your circumstances and to make it sustainable.

Exercise 
Research shows that exercise is one of the best natural remedies for stress. The brain gets locked into fear, pessimism and retreat, you can change this by controlling how you cope with stress through exercise which forces the mind and body to adapt.

Exercise makes your brain function at it best by changing how you feel about stressful situations.

There are many chemical reactions that occur in the brain but it all boils down to: exercising makes your brain function at it best. Therefore helping you to cope better with stress and improving your resilience against future stressful situations. 

Yoga 
Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines in its practice by quietening the mind, 
creating harmony throughout the body. This can help you achieve peacefulness, calmness and help you to relax and manage stress and anxiety. It also enhances your mood and general sense of well-being.   

Reiki
Reiki is a wonderful relaxing therapy 
whether you seek treatments from a Reiki practitioner or you learn Reiki for yourself. It is a technique that relieves stress, helping to lessen the impact of stress, helping to induce calmness and relaxation, promoting well-being and supports the body's own natural healing abilities.

EFT
EFT also known as Emotional Freedom Technique, is more for dealing with traumas and situations that cause stress and can be very effective. Tapping on meridian points can reduce the stress and negative emotion associated with a situation or issue and restore balance. It increases positive emotions and decreases the negative emotions and moods.  

Meditation
Some people don't like meditating or don't fully understand it or don't have the time to get into it. If you have the time and commitment to explore meditation I highly recommend it. Meditation brings the body into a deep state of relaxation, reducing blood pressure, the pulse rate and slows breathing and reduces stress when practiced on a daily basis.
 

natural remedies for stress

Dealing with Stress

Recognizing that you suffer from stress is the first hurdle, the second hurdle is finding a way of dealing with stress. It is best to choose one of the natural remedies for stress, a method that suits your personality, situation and circumstances. But YOU must deal with it otherwise it will effect your health big time!

Whatever way you choose to deal with stress it must be something that you can do on an ongoing basis. Dealing with stress isn't a one time quick fix, you have to work at it and keep doing it to keep stress at a manageable level.

Natural remedies for stress are far more effective than prescribed drugs from your doctor which will cause side effects.

Taking 'Me' Time

You are unique, you are the person responsible for you and your well-being and deserved of 'me' time. No one else is going to tell you to take time out for yourself.

It is essential that you look after yourself and your well-being by recognising that you might be struggling with too much stress and you need to address it.

Your health is precious to you, so you make the time for 'YOU' to cope with stress.


Wishing you vibrant health!


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