Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, three out of four adults report experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the last month, including:
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling irritable
- Feeling tired or fatigued
Stress can produce other symptoms as well. You may have an upset stomach, headaches or feel sad for no reason, or be sick more often. Left untreated, chronic stress can increase your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and anxiety.
Different Ways to De-stress
That’ the bad news. The good is that there are plenty of ways to help manage stress naturally, even when time is tight and your to-do list seems endless. So what are the best methods to relieve stress?
Give these natural ways to de-stress a try:
- Stay in tune. How do you know if you’re stressed? By tuning into how you’re feeling both physically and emotionally. Are you having trouble sleeping? Are you feeling anxious, angry or sad? Are you overeating or downing an extra glass of wine every night to try to cope? You have to recognize how stress impacts you in order to address it more effectively.
- Practice often. Ever tried counting to 10 to try to avoid losing your temper — but it didn’t work because you hadn’t practiced it before? The best way to manage stress is to incorporate small stress-busting strategies throughout your day to help prevent stress from swamping you. In other words, a little bit of stress management practice every day can pay major dividends. Taking a few minutes every day to practice slow, mindful breathing, for example, can help you feel less stressed all of the time — and help prevent it from building.
- Move your body. You probably already know that exercise is good for your overall physical health, but it’s also one of the biggest stress-busters out there. For the best results, aim for 30 minutes of sustained activity every day, such as a half-hour walk after dinner. Can’t make the time for that much movement? Even taking a few minutes to get up and stretch at work can reduce blood pressure, give you a much-needed mental break and let you reboot.
- Explore different modalities. Stress affects everyone differently, which means that what helps ease one person’s stress levels may not be as effective for someone else — and vice versa. Try different techniques to see which ones work best for you. That may be meditation, yoga or tai chi, or using aromatherapy or flower essences to reset your mood and energy levels.
- Prioritize your to-do list. Stress is often the result of trying to do more than can be reasonably expected. Determine your personal priorities at work and at home, and get in the habit of saying “no” more often. Remember that when you say “no” to something, you’re really saying “yes” to something else — including yourself.
- Stay connected. Feeling isolated or alone? Reach out to those closest to you. Be willing to ask for help, and accept it when it’s offered. Whether that’s letting your partner take care of dinner or simply scheduling a long-overdue get-together with a friend, getting support from those who love you is a proven stress-buster.
Holistic Happiness: Ways To De-Stress Naturally created by The Flower Apothecary
Stress is a part of life. The secret to managing it isn’t to try to avoid it completely, but to figure out the techniques that help you keep it from overwhelming you. When you incorporate stress management into your life, you’ll not only feel less anxious — you’ll boost your overall health as well.
Author bio: Nadia Ameri is a Psychologist and Certified Flower Essence Therapist for The Flower Apothecary, a provider of flower essences that support the healing of negative emotions. She has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and focuses on creating natural remedies by studying and formulating flower essences.