Stress is a normal part of our everyday lives, yet it is something that requires our attention or else, it can turn into a bigger concern.
Dealing with stress is tricky, but you can learn to manage stress and lead a happier life. Following are a few ways that can help you relax, unwind and keep stress at bay:
Indulge in Physical Activities
It may sound contradictory, but experts say that physical exertion can help cure mental fatigue. When you indulge yourself in physical activities, your body releases endorphins in the bloodstream, also known as feel-good chemicals. Endorphins are responsible for your happy mood and calmer state of mind. Therefore, it is said that regular physical activity can help with managing stress effectively.
Keep a Journal
You may think of it as something ‘old school’ but writing about things that make you sad or upset is the best catharsis. Keep a journal and write about all those things that contribute to your anxieties. Talk to yourself about how your day went, how did you feel, things that previously made you sad, things that made you feel uncomfortable, and more. It is the best way to put things in perspective.
Your stress journal will help you find out about all those things that trigger stress. Once you get to this point, try your best to avoid everything that triggers feelings of sadness and anxiety in you.
Try Herbal Remedies
There are various herbs and plants that are considered quite effective for countering stress as well as anxiety. Some of the best ones include:
Lavender: Lavender is famous for its calming effects. If you’re a fan of aromatherapy, you must have heard about how beneficial lavender oil is. It is included in many aromatherapy products including massage oils, moisturizers, and even bath salts. As mentioned by a study, aromatherapy with lavender oil can reduce work-related stress for days.
Chamomile: Another magical herb that is mostly consumed in the form of tea is chamomile. Chamomile tea is said to be an excellent cure for not just stress and anxiety, but insomnia as well. It can relax your stressed muscles, reduce irritability, and boost the mood.
Medical Marijuana: Cannabis is one of the most reliable plants when it comes to countering stress. It has been legalized in various states of America and Canada because of its amazing medicinal benefits. According to multiple studies, a single puff of marijuana can significantly reduce everyday life stress. If you’re not into smoking, you can try THC concentrates instead.
Time Management is the Key
Most of the time, one feels overwhelmed because of everyday tasks. Even though it is natural, it contributes a lot to the stress levels of the human body. Hence, it is safe to say that time management can help with lowering stress levels. All you need to do is prioritize the tasks that require immediate attention and come to terms with the fact that you cannot do everything in a single day.
Make a weekly list of tasks according to their importance. Also, make sure to create buffer times, you never know when you have to deal with an emergency situation and at the end, take some time for yourself as well. After all, you need your own slot to unwind and relax.
Get Adequate Amount of Sleep
The unhealthy sleep cycle can contribute to your stress in so many ways. In fact, according to science, the lack of sleep is one of the significant causes behind everyday life stress. Thus, an adequate amount of sleep is crucial to function properly. According to health care experts, the best time to sleep is from 10-11 PM to 6-7 AM.
In a nutshell, you need to fix your routine and unhealthy habits in order to fix your sleep cycle. Declutter your bedroom, switch off your cell phone, try different relaxation techniques, avoid beverages with caffeine before sleep time, and give your brain some time to de-stress and let loose. Make your sleep a priority!
About the Author:
Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practicing in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at https://thegreenace.ca/.