Stress is something that can and probably will have an effect on everyone’s life at least once. We all cope with stressful situations differently, and some people seem to have the ability to cope with more stress than others.
If you feel that you are feeling stressed, here are some strategies that you can do to reduce the stress and calm your body.
- Breathe – this is something we often forget to do – to breathe deeply and with intent of filling our lungs full of good air, exhaling the stale. If you get the chance, close your eyes whilst you do this, to help you really pay attention to your breathing in and out. Do this at least three times, breathing in as deeply, slowly as you can. This helps to refresh your mind as well. There are many other effective and easy breathing exercises here.
- Smile – Can you stay cross or upset when you smile? It’s highly unlikely! If you can, break into a smile, and let your body move your stress away.
- Play some music – Whether it’s Beethoven, Bee Gees or Bon Jovi, your favourite music can change how you feel. “Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies” (Psychcentral.com)
- Play with your pet – Recent “studies have shown that pet ownership is associated with reduced stress, lower blood pressure, fewer doctor visits, less loneliness and increased social connectivity and higher levels of physical activity.” (washingtonpost.com)
- Reduce stimulating drinks – Whilst caffeine is seen to help enhance alertness and improve mood, this is only a short term effect. Adrenaline, a hormone known more commonly as the “flight or fight” response, is released when caffeine is ingested. When being chased by a bear in the wild, this response is quite appropriate, however in todays society, working in offices or at home, this release of adrenaline can put “your brain into this hyper-aroused state”, allowing “your emotions to overrun your behaviour” (forbes.com). This is definitely not a good combination when you are already stressed.
- Aromatherapy – A relaxing oil diffuser with some lavender in it can really help you calm your mind and mood. Lavender has been used for many years and for many different uses. It “is known as a calming and relaxing herb and has frequently been used for insomnia, anxiety, depression and natural stress relief”.(bodyecology.com) An extensive Essential Oil Guide can be found at: https://www.wellnessaromas.com/guides/anxiety-stress-essential-oils/
Body Ecology: http://bodyecology.com/
Written by Simone Pfuhl.
Simone is currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy and is a Receptionist at Head 2 Toe Health. Simone has great interest in healing naturally through nutrition and education with the view to treat both humans and animals. At Head 2 Toe Health, we believe in a thorough approach to restoring and maintaining health and address many aspects of our lifestyles that can contribute to pain, stiffness, dis-ease and disease. For any further information, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07) 3208 8308.