Natural Stress Relief

Stress is one of the most common causes for underlying problems such as weight gain, anxiety and depression, skin impurities, and many more.

Lots of us suffer from some degree of stress for many reasons: we compare ourselves to others, we place too many expectations on ourselves, we overload our schedule on the daily, etc. That is why I am here to tell you guys about some natural stress relief techniques that work for me.

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Girl doing yoga inside. She is on her hands and knees with her opposite arm and leg extended.

Working out is something that makes me feel accomplished, and like I am doing something for me. There is something about pushing the limits with our bodies that just takes the edge off.

Exercise actually releases endorphins into our bodies, which play a huge role in our mood. Some workouts that I love to do are:

  • Running/Walking – (If you are running, be sure to stretch and warm your legs and core up first!)
  • Yoga – this is a great one to loosen your joints and to relax your body after a long day.
  • Full Body Strength – Abs, legs, arms, etc.
  • Jump Roping – This is actually a great cardio workout that isn’t hard on your joints.
  • Hiking – This gets you out in nature and works out your legs, core and cardio.

Talk to Someone

Four girls talking outside. They are smiling at eachother.

As human beings, we need social interactions. Some people need it more than others, but talking to someone we know helps us to feel loved or part of something. Friendship is a great stress relief tool if you need to vent about something, or just distract yourself from whatever may be going on.

Try reaching out to a friend today and asking how they are doing. I challenge you to even talk to someone you haven’t been in contact with in a while. You may find yourself a little more upbeat because of it. One awesome thing about this: you can help your friend’s emotional state too!

Eat Healthy

A pink colored smoothie in a jar on the table. There are various fruits in the background such as bananas, raspberries, and a pineapple.

Healthy food powers not only our bodies, but our brains as well. I have always been the kind of person that is very aware of what I do and do not put into my body. There are lots of foods that not only taste good, but are good for your brain and mental health, such as:

  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Oranges
  • Green, Leafy Veggies
  • Eggs
  • Turmeric
  • Fish
  • Dark Chocolate – I know, cool right? (that does not mean eat it excessively)

Go Outside

A man sitting at the end of a wooden dock on a clear, reflective lake in the mountains.

There is something about taking a deep breath of fresh air that just calms my nerves and helps me center myself. I have always loved being outside and doing things in nature. It gives me a great perspective on life.

This change of perspective is what a lot of us need sometimes. We get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget the small and simple things. So get out there!

If you don’t have much time, try just going on a walk to a part of your neighborhood/community you haven’t been to before. If you have more time, then go on a hike or visit another part of town for a day just to take in the scenery and fresh air.

Breathing Exercises

Girl sitting cross-legged inside with her eyes closed, hands at heart center for yoga.

This is one of my go-to stress relief techniques because it is simple but powerful for me. It allows me to focus on myself for a few moments and tune the rest of my worries out.

When we focus on deep breaths, our minds and bodies go into a state of relaxation and peace. The oxygen we intake travels to our brains and supports better brain function.

So here is how I do breathing exercises:

  1. Sit on the floor with a yoga mat, the couch, your bed, etc. and close your eyes.
  2. Take one very deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  3. Take another deep breath in through your nose and this time, hold it.
  4. Slowly let the air out through your mouth and relax your muscles.
  5. Repeat the process, changing it up as you need to until your stresses are behind you.

Develop a Good Daily Routine

A blank notebook with a pen on a light colored wooden table next to a plant.

Lots of people find that when they have a to-do list or daily plan, they feel less stressed about the numerous tasks that lie ahead. I am definitely one of those people. When I am able to cross even the little things off of my list, I feel accomplished.

This daily planner is great for to-do lists, water intake, detailed daily planning and more!

Good daily habits to get into include:

  • Drinking Water regularly – wake up hydrating yourself and don’t stop!
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Set Goals for the day – even small or simple ones
  • Create that to-do list – then cross it off as you go, it will motivate you to keep going
  • Make time to exercise
  • Stretch/ meditate before bed
  • Keep a good night routine – this will help you sleep better
  • Get around 7-9 hours of sleep nightly

Share With Your Friends

I would love to hear how these techniques have helped you reduce stress in your life. Feel free to contact me and let me know!

Share this post on social media to let your friends know about these awesome techniques and invite them to share theirs with me as well!

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