As we all know, stress is a natural part of being human. When it builds to a level that is is toxic to the body, then it becomes a potential source of illness. I’ve offered other strategies for relieving stress but I’m going to provide a few more suggestions. Find what works for you and be consistent in providing yourself with stress-busting remedies on a regular basis. Don’t wait until you are ready to explode before you give yourself a break. By that time you may already have caused other issues besides just stress!
- Massage your way to mellow
Give your body the relaxing gift of a massage. In just one session, you can get results that you haven’t been able to achieve previously. Your can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure and lowers your cortisol and insulin levels. As your muscles relax, your body will begin producing endorphins which release those “feel good” chemicals in the brain.
- Stop and smell the roses
Or lavender, geranium or other essential oil. Aromatherapy is known to provide stress relief and support the body in various ways. Check out books like Modern Essentials to see all the benefits that of essential oils in addition to stress reduction.
- Calm with herbs
Adaptogens are types of herbal compounds that the body adjust to its optimal state. Herbs like ginseng provide stress relief by lowering blood pressure and relaxing the immune system. There are plenty of reference books that list herbal remedies that are simple to incorporate in your daily life by adding them while cooking, to smoothies or taking a supplement.
- Sweat it out
Exercise is a great stress reducer. But pushing your body too hard actually increases stress. Find that sweet spot for you. Doing high intensity, interval training may be a good option for those who are fit enough. Start slowly if you haven’t been exercising or have health issues that limit the amount of exercise you can comfortably do without feeling worse than when you started. Jumping on a mini trampoline or rebounder is a great way to start if you have been inactive.
Reducing your stress level is one step in getting your body back to good health. There are many steps to take if you have a chronic illness or other health issue. If you would like to discuss your options and want to develop some strategies to work your way back to a healthier life, set up a free consultation with me. I am happy to provide you with strategies to implement without any obligation. Set up your free appointment here.