how to reduce stress naturally, managing stress holistically

Manage Stress the Natural Way

We all have stress in our lives and you might feel you have no control over it. We all know managing a family, work, all the pressures from society and what is demanded of us as functional human beings can be overwhelming at times.

We can’t get rid of stress completely but there are certain tools that will help us deal with it, so it doesn’t take over our lives and affect our health.

Meditation

Try to meditate daily, 15 minutes is enough. It helps you relax, control your emotions and improves your ability to cope with stress. You can try one of your meditations or look for a mentor if you feel you need personal guidance.

Try meditating in the morning or evening and turn it into a daily routine, the benefits are cumulative.

Sleep

We all know this but don’t get enough good sleep. Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Avoid heavy meals and snacks during the evening to guarantee a smooth digestion and try a relaxing walk to keep your mind off stressful next day events and work. A meal with friends and family can also help distract and relax as well as than boost overall mood.

Take a warm relaxing bath and use scented natural oils or candles that have a calming effect, such as lavender, valerian, vetiver and orange. You can also try drinking some chamomile tea.

Eating Habits

Food plays an important role in our mood and our ability to deal with stress. To reduce the chances of digestive problems and increase your stress management potential,  avoid processed foods, caffeine (stimulant, you don’t need more stress than you have), excess alcohol (one glass of wine a day can be beneficial), refined sugar and any other simple carbohydrates as these are turned into restless energy and raise insulin levels quickly.

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, especially those in season, plenty of vitamins, use natural sweeteners and eat complex carbohydrates. Eat protein rich foods to help boost serotonin levels.

Exercise

Regular physical exercise not only helps you maintain fitness and health, but is also a great mood enhancer. Try outdoors exercise preferably, especially if you usually work indoors to get some sunlight.

Engage Socially

Have a meal with friends, watch a film, participate in activities you enjoy with others that make you feel at ease and comfortable. Allow yourself to spend some quality time with those you love and break daily routine. Let others help you when you find it hard to overcome difficulties.

Acceptance

We can’t control every situation and have no power over the actions of others or their reactions. Certain events might have a profound impact on our lives and yet remain beyond our ability to predict or alter. We must adapt and accept that certain things simply happen, trying to control them will give us a sense of powerlessness and thus increase our stress.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.