Seven Helpful Tips (Including Gratitude) for Reducing Stress Naturally

Take natural measures to reduce stress, including gratitudeStress is something that affects everyone, and while some stress serves a good purpose, most stress can be harmful.  If you feel like your stress is getting out of hand, try natural stress relievers, including gratitude.

When stressful situations go unresolved, the wear and tear on the body’s biological systems increases.  Fatigue and damage become inevitable, and the body’s ability to repair and defend itself decreases significantly.  This puts the body at risk of long-term injury or disease. 

Here are some techniques you can use to naturally reduce your stress level:

1. Practice yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation are ancient arts that have been proven to calm the body and reduce stress. They can be practiced separately or together.  Use yoga and meditation to connect the mind, body, and spirit in a healthy, peaceful fashion in your effort to feel more relaxed and refreshed.

2. Keep a diary. Writing in a diary or journal can help you unload your thoughts in a private manner, keeping your secrets safe and allowing you to vent in the process. Also, the act of putting negative feelings down on paper lessens their hold and impact on the mind, reducing stress and alleviating fear.

3. Go for a walk. Walking is good for your overall physical fitness, but it also has spiritual and mental benefits.  Staying even moderately active increases oxygen levels in your brain, which improves your mental state and clarity.  A twenty minute walk gives the mind a chance to reflect, process, and think creatively, which reduces stress by increasing opportunities for new perspectives and problem solving.

4. Get a full body massage. A massage is a great way to relax your muscles.  It also helps to get blood flowing properly throughout the body, which naturally reduces stress.   Drink lots of water after a full body massage to cleanse the body of unleashed toxins, which are also contributors to stress.

5. Try aromatherapy. Many herbs have been proven over the years to contribute to relaxation and mental clarity.  Lavender is known to treat headaches, insomnia, anxiety, stress, and depression.  Rosemary is proven to improve memory, elevate moods, and relieve migraines.  Other herbs are popular for promoting calmness and overall feelings of well-being, including Chamomile and St. John’s Wort.

6. Make time to laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine.  It can help lower blood pressure, increase the vascular flow of blood, and stimulate the diaphragm.  In addition, laughing can reduce certain stress hormones while defending against respiratory infections in general and the frequency of colds.

7. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Research has proven that a positive attitude can tip the balance between life and death by countering depression and anxiety, both of which can increase heart disease, hypertension, asthma, cancer, and diabetes.  Also, grateful people experience reduced anger, envy, resentment, and regret, all of which are known to produce high levels of stress.  Practice gratitude on a daily basis and improve your mental and physical condition.

There are endless possibilities for natural ways of reducing your stress. Try a few of the suggestions listed above to see what works best for you.  Take time out of each and every day to unwind and regroup, and you’ll be well on your way to reducing the stress in your life.

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