Stress. We all know it, as we all lead busy and complicated lives with so much on our plates, even more so with the pandemic, so of course we are going to find ourselves in overwhelming situations when it comes to work, children, and deadlines. But know that you are not alone! Don’t let stress affect your emotional and physical health.
April is Stress Awareness Month and we want to share some tips on how to find a healthy balance in the best way possible so that we may live happy and productive lives:
It seems obvious and might be the last thing you want to do when you’re stressed but exercising gets the blood flowing and your endorphins pumping through your brain which brings that happy feeling. Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones like cortisol, and releases chemicals that make you feel more at peace.
2. Natural Supplements:
Natural remedies such as lemon balm, omega-3 fatty acids, ashwagandha, green tea, and essential oils are very helpful and can help you feel at ease.
3. Light a candle or turn on the oil diffusers:
Treat yourself by turning on soft and soothing music, dim the lights, take a deep breath and remember what you’re grateful for.
4. Reduce your caffeine intake:
We all need our coffee but keep in mind that caffeine can make us jittery which can cause stress and anxiety.
5. Spend time laughing with friends and family:
Let yourself have a good time and get your mind off the busyness of the real world.
Go out in nature and experience it’s benefits! It has been proven that physical, cognitive and emotional health can be extremely augmented when out in nature.
7. Soak up the sun…while being sun safe!
Sunlight helps our bodies produce vitamin D and spending just a few minutes in it can help to boost moods and energy levels.
Keep in mind that prolonged stress leads to real physical problems and can cause strokes, IBS, ulcers, diabetes, muscle and joint pain, miscarriages, and other physical ailments. This month, let’s take a moment to understand the difference between good and bad stress so that we may live more healthy and happy lives despite all that we are dealing with.