Living in the 21st Century means that you’ve already been exposed to airborne toxins, stress triggers, negative news, and other elements. These could lead to heightened stress levels. But, there are ways to combat this, and they are easy too.
Supplement what you’re not getting
Some minerals and vitamins are not produced by the body such as iron, selenium, vitamin K, vitamin B, and E. This is another reason to maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Besides eating healthily, you can supplement the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function at its optimum best.
Start an exercise routine
Exercising is said to lower stress and improve your heart’s health. Regular exercise may also lower high blood pressure, improve blood circulation, and help maintain weight loss.
If you only have time on the weekends, then pick your day to go to the gym or workout from home. You can also do 10 minutes of cardio to help get fast results. Bear in mind though that taking breaks between high-impact exercise routines is very important.
Diffuse essential oils
We live in a world where alternative medicine is helping more and more people to lead better and fulfilling lives. Sometimes getting rid of that nasty headache may only take a few moments of inhaling soothing lavender essential oil.
Extracted from plants, essential oils contain antioxidants, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties. This makes it a valuable product to keep in your home.
Share the love and cuddle your partner
Scientifically when we cuddle, hug, and show affection, it increases oxytocin (sometimes referred to as the love hormone). This will help lower cortisol which is related to increased stress levels and the fight-or-flight response.
Start deep breathing
Did you know that when you stress, your breathing becomes more shallow? It thus triggers signals to the brain to activate fight-or-flight? Sometimes you might not even realise that your breaths have become shallow in the moment of stress or when you’ve become anxious.
Some breathing techniques include “diaphragmatic breathing,” “Lion’s breath,” “humming bee breath,” and “pursed lips breathing.”
Add Moringa Oleifera into your routine
Moringa oleifera is known for its superb health benefits. There have been many studies that suggest that this tree, indeed, lives up to its name “miracle tree.”
Moringa has more potassium than bananas, more vitamin A than carrots, as well as calcium, iron, antioxidants, and antinflammatory properties. This is why moringa oleifera can also be used as a means of managing depression and lowering anxiety and stress.
Chewing gum may help
For some people, chewing gum helps to distract from whatever is causing high levels of anxiety. In a study recorded by NCBI (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health) 50 volunteers were asked to chew gum over a 14 day period. After assessing the results, having chewed gum twice a day for the set duration lowered these participants' anxiety levels.
Even though we live in a world filled with stress and dipping into depression, trying holistic and natural methods to decrease the symptoms is important. Most pharmaceutical drugs have harsh side effects which may only show up with years of using. But when going the alternative route, you get to rely on nature for healing and health resources.
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