5 Natural Ways to Relieve Stress
Stress is a major factor in many people’s lives and has a huge impact on mental and physical health. The negative impact of stress can range from headaches and back pain to increasing the likelihood of serious chronic conditions. Stress is a top contributor to many challenges to women’s general health and one of the most preventable.
While there are a multitude of options to relieve this stress, often simple and natural methods are the best way to go.
Below are five natural ways to relieve stress:
Meditation is a great stress reliever that is free and fairly easy to do. You can start your day with a quick 10-minute routine, sneak away during your lunch break for a brief session, or end your long day with a relaxing period before bed. There is no wrong way to meditate and the health benefits, especially in regards to reducing stress, are not negligible.
Quick Tip: Find somewhere quiet where you feel calm and relaxed, sit with your palms on your thighs, and focus on your breathing.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese system that blends exercise and meditation in order to make your mind and spirit tranquil. Used for millennia in eastern medicine, it is only a few decades old in western culture. The stress relief benefits are impressive though as qigong improves health and cultivates an overall positive well-being,
Quick Tip: Find an open space that you can move comfortably in, stand with your arms to your side with your palms facing forward, and take three-second deep breaths.
Grounding, or also known as Earthing, is the practice of connecting your body and energy to the natural power of the Earth. This is a relatively new concept but has shown tremendous promise as a natural way to relieve stress. There are a few different methods for grounding but a popular method is using a Grounding pillow or sheet to funnel the Earth’s energy to you as you sleep. Other methods include grounding mats for a computer desk and earthing sections in a garden.
Quick Tip: Take off your shoes and walk outside in the grass for 5 minutes.
This method is an old but true one. Exercise is a fantastic natural method to relieve stress and boost immunity. While it may be hard for many busy professionals to get to the gym, most people can take a quick 10-minute walk a few times a day. This adds up over time and you can start to notice a difference in stress and energy levels fairly quickly.
Quick Tip: Use your lunch break, or any other 30-minute period in the day, to walk outside. The sun will boost Vitamin D and you can clear your mind.
Whether you want to spend some extra money pampering yourself with a professional massage or want to take a few minutes of the day to give yourself a relaxing scalp massage, there are infinite amounts of ways to use massage as a natural stress reliever. One great trick to self-massage is to lie down on the ground with a tennis ball between your shoulders and the floor. This method really gets into the knots in your back and shoulders and takes only a few minutes. This is enough to boost relaxation and diminish stress.
Quick Tip: Take a moment to press your middle and index fingers against your temples in a circular motion. Do this for 2 minutes clockwise and then 2 minutes counter-clockwise. Switch as many times as you would like.