Stress is the worst.
When you are stressed, it drains your energy, de-motivates you, and can make you want to just hull up in a hole somewhere.
It can feel downright paralyzing.
Today, I want to show you how I cope with stress. Here are my favorite ways to relieve stress naturally, AND quickly.
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Natural Remedies for Stress Relief
The fastest way for me to calm down from a anxiety attack or extreme stress, is Tai Chi breathing. This works every time.
To use Tai Chi, or Meditative breathing, sit with your eyes closed and use the 4, 8, 7 breath pattern. In for 4 breath’s, hold for 8 seconds, let it out for 7.
Repeat until your heart rate slows or goes back to normal.
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Steam is a great source of stress relief. Whether it be hot yoga, a sauna, or just a nice warm shower, steam is a great way to de-stress and recenter.
If you can, get into the habit of using nightly baths or showers as part of your self-care routine. This can be a great way to get some alone time and relax.
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Lavender is my favorite oil for calming. It improves sleep, can help rid anxiety, calms the mind and body, and works very fast.
When my husband is stressed, I put a few drops (usually about 8 drops) in the palm of my hands, and then run it through his hair or rub it on his temples. He always rest’s so much better afterwards.
Lavender is one of the few essential oils that does not need a carrier, but always do your research before trying new oils, and use caution when applying directly to skin.
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Taking a Walk
Walking is one of the best exercise for our bodies.
Taking walks by yourself or with a partner can be great for getting your blood flowing and getting some much needed endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones that are secreted when your get your heart rate up or work out, and they keep you feeling happy and motivated.
Getting some short, brisk walking in is a great way to start feeling happier, and relieve some pent up stress.
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When I was just starting college, I did kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do and Rock climbing very regularly. While it was a lot, and you don’t have to do nearly as much as I did, it truly did help with the stress of finals and studying.
My advice would be to find a sport or hobby that you really enjoy, and find a friend to do it with. My sister used to rock climb with me often, and it was so fun. It also just makes for a great bonding experience as well.
My husbands favorite way to stop stressing is to write. He journals once a day, and it helps to keep him calm and get all of his thoughts sorted. Getting it all down on paper is sometimes the best way to understand what you are feeling and thinking.
Making a gratitude list can be a way to remember all the good things in your life that you are thankful for. When we do this, it is hard to remain mad or stressed about all the things we cannot control.
Try making a list of 5 things every day that you are grateful for.
Talk to a Friend
Talking to your spouse, best friend, mom or dad, or siblings is a good way to keep up healthy contact as well as vent if you need to.
Bottling up our emotions only hurts us in the end.
Often when I can remember taking something out on someone else, its because I had been stewing on something and not talking to anyone about it. It builds up like toxic waste in our minds, and has to come out eventually.
While reflection and contemplation are important to self-development, make sure you are talking to someone when you feel hurt or in need.
Pray (or ask someone to pray for you)
Don’t mock it till you try it.
Prayer is just like talking, but to your creator. You can be totally honest, come clean with any guilt or hurt.
If you don’t believe in a higher power, you can also just ask someone else to pray for you. It is worth trying and might make you feel much better.
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