7 Natural Stress Relief Techniques

Stress. We all know what it is…and we all experience it at times. There are even times when stress is good for you! It may make you motivated and energetic, however there is also bad stress…and this is where natural stress relief techniques are helpful.

Natural Stress Relief Techniques

There are many treatment options to choose from when it comes to stress reduction. Natural remedies are the best option…and my first choice.

When you know what causes your stress, you’ll be better able to recognize it and stop it from happening again in the future.

Natural Stress Relief Techniques

Here are seven natural stress relief techniques for you to try:

Deep Breathing Techniques

Breathing deeply can work wonders when it comes to stress reduction. Your breathing is a connection between your conscious mind and the unconscious. When you’re stressed, you take shallow and short breaths.

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  • Counteract the stress, relax your body, and calm your mind with long, deep breaths, using your diaphragm. *Diaphragmatic Breathing.

Herbal Remedies or Teas

Stress-reducing herbs include chamomile, St John’s wort, valerian, passionflower, L-taurine and kava-kava. These remedies double as remedies for problems, such as insomnia and anxiety, because stress is the most common cause of these ailments. There are many herbal teas , such as chamomile tea to help stay calm too.

  • Chamomile

One of nature’s most popular anxiety relieving remedies is chamomile which can be supplemented in various ways, the most common ones being in the form of teas or supplements. Chamomile has demonstrated its ability to ease bloating and promote digestion, being an effective two-pronged therapy wherever you feel nervous. It is a calming herb.

Chamomile is capable of handling moderate levels of anxiety, so if you start feeling nervous or stressed, make yourself a calming cup of tea!

  • St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is used for low levels of anxiety and depression, and extremely efficient at elevating your mood. As anxiety, stress and depression are related St John’s Wort is often the natural remedy used. If you are taking medications, check with your doctor as St. John’s wort shouldn’t be taken with some medications.

  • Valerian Root

If you find yourself not being able to sleep due to stress and worry, Valerian may be the natural remedy for you. It is a potent natural sedative and is used for people suffering from insomnia. It is so effective in “relaxing” the body, that it is in fact also used in the treatment of asthma (to relax the airways), muscular cramps, cough, and even menstrual pain.

  • Kava Kava

The extract from the root of this plant is quite possibly the most effective natural remedy for treating moderate to severe levels of anxiety and nervous disorder. It has a rather unique property – it can treat insomnia, without clouding mental clarity. Many believe that it can help result in vivid dreams, and block anxious thoughts.

However, Kava Kava is notorious for interacting with quite a few prescription medications, so please check with your doctor being taking Kava Kava.

  • Other Supplements

One natural supplement for anxiety, stress and depression is ProVanax.

Diet and Nutrition

Watch what you put into your body. What you eat on a daily basis can directly affect the way you feel and have an impact on your stress levels.

  • It’s important to eat nutritiously, maintain a balanced diet, and limit harmful substances such as caffeine, especially later on in the day.

Make Time For Yourself

When you’re stressed, you may feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to accomplish everything that you’d like. This might lead you to cut out doing things for yourself even though they’re vitally important.

  • Go out of your way to make extra time for yourself to reduce your stress and rejuvenate your mind and body.

Relaxing Bath

A warm bath is a great natural way to leave the stress of the day behind you. You can increase your bath’s stress-reducing benefits by experimenting with aromatherapy products, such as soaps, bath oils, or candles.

  • Pamper yourself with an aromatherapy, home spa treatment!

This would have to be one of my favorite natural stress relief techniques! Although, I love jumping in the shower and holding my face to the ‘rain’.

Add Some Fun To Your Life

Try something new and bring in some excitement by breaking your routine to pursue a relaxing activity.

  • Start a new hobby…it’s a great way to relieve your stress and breathe new life into a dull day. For example many people have started bring their coloring books into life again! I have a friend whose psychologist highly recommended coloring in to her.

Start An Exercise Program

Exercise is an excellent way to combat stress. It keeps your body fit and your brain active.

  • Exercise also releases the endorphins in your brain, which make you feel good, happy and energize you. This helps to reduce your stress levels.

Now I haven’t even mentioned meditation, massage or yoga…and I can think of a few more too…herbal teas…! So why not try to get creative when it comes to discovering new ways to combat your stress levels.

Your main goal is to avoid getting caught up in the daily grind and putting yourself under too much pressure. Rather than letting stress run your life, make the decision to be the one in charge.

You’ll soon be able to recognize when negative stress is taking over so you can turn to one of these natural stress relief techniques…and keep your stress levels under control and where you want them to be.

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About Jennifer Johnson

I suffered with social anxiety and stress for years. I discovered what my triggers were and learned to control them. Hopefully some of the natural anxiety relief techniques I have tried, will also be your solution.

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  1. For a report published in 2009, scientists sized up ten studies on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and found that the program is able to reduce stress levels in healthy people. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction also appeared to reduce anxiety and increase empathy.

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