When life gets hectic, the headlines seem to convey bad news all the time and the future is uncertain, it can be tough to feel calm and relaxed. If you’re stressed, or you’re struggling to switch off, here are some solutions to try.
Exercise may not seem like the most obvious remedy for stress, but it can have incredible benefits for your mental health, as well as your fitness and stamina. Moving your body triggers the release of endorphins and it also causes the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain to rise. You can also use exercise to channel emotions in a constructive way. If you’re angry, for example, doing a boxing class, going for a run or hitting balls at a driving range can be cathartic. If you’re exhausted after a busy day, or you’re finding it difficult to switch out of work mode, hiking, yoga and Pilates can help.
Meditation is designed to help you to clear your mind and feel calmer and more positive. You can meditate for 5 minutes or an entire afternoon depending on your schedule and your personal preferences, and you can choose from group sessions, retreats, guided meditations or solo sessions. If you feel like you’re under too much pressure, you haven’t had a minute to yourself all day or thoughts are whizzing around your mind at a hundred miles per hour, it’s helpful to take a break and reset.
Natural remedies and supplements
Have you ever noticed that you feel more relaxed when you smell certain scents, or have you used oils or edible herbal supplements to induce calm in the past? Herbal remedies have been used to bring about serenity and ease anxiety for centuries. While some people will kick back with a preroll case and relax by smoking or ingesting CBD pastilles or tinctures, this is not for everyone and it may not be legal in every state. There are herbal and natural stress-busting products you can try if you are prone to anxiety or you find it hard to relax. Good examples include essential oils you can burn or add to your bath, room sprays and scented candles and supplements you can take in tablet form. Lavender is a popular choice for aiding sleep.
Often, when we are stressed, we find it challenging to manage our emotions or to let them out. If you tend to bottle things up, or stress can get the better of you, creative activities and hobbies could prove beneficial. Writing, painting and drawing provide an outlet and they let you express yourself in a different way. Being creative can help you process and take control of your thoughts and feelings and it can also be enjoyable.
Stress affects all of us at some point in our lives, but it can have a detrimental impact if it is not managed properly. If you feel stressed at the moment, or you find it hard to cope when your stress levels rise, take these tips on board.