Stress. Yes, the ‘s’ word. We’ve all experienced it; in fact, stress is a normal part of everyday life.
Stress is our body's way of responding to a demand or threat, in which a flood of hormones are released and prepare our bodies for emergency action.
Small bouts of stress can be effective motivating factors (e.g., when you’ve procrastinated until the last possible minute to accomplish something and finally take action and get it done).
However, uncontrolled chronic stress experienced over a long period of time is not only unhealthy - it’s dangerous.
Chronic stress can increase an individual’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, mental disorders, digestive disorders, and even cancer.
Life has a mind of its own, and we can’t control when stressful events happen. But, the good news is we can control our responses.
Below are a few ways to naturally combat stress when it comes knocking.
When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which are our bodies’ natural painkillers and mood-lifters. By making exercise a regular part of your daily routine, you’re likely to feel happier and less stressed.
Meditation reminds people to take a step back from the day and breathe. It may help cope with stress and anxiety and encourage peace of mind. Because meditation is both a personal and often private activity, it can be practiced at any time during the day, making this an even more appealing stress reliever.
Use of Essential Oils
Essential oils contain a variety of benefits. Some of them are great for easing stress.
Bare Oils’ Frankincense, Lavender, Vetiver, and Sweet Dreams are commonly used to promote a sense of calm and relaxation, among numerous other benefits. Dilute and apply Bare Oils topically, inhale, or diffuse in Bliss Diffuser for maximum benefits.
Acupuncture can help relieve stress because it works as a way to regulate the nervous system, improve blood pressure levels, enhance circulation, regulate hormones, and more.
Maintain a Nutrient-Dense Diet
It’s easy to forget how important vitamins are to our health and overall well-being. Even when eating healthy, it is difficult - if not impossible - to receive all of our daily recommended vitamins and minerals.
By maintaining a nutrient-dense diet and consuming foods that are high in vitamin B, calcium, protein, and healthy fats, your body benefits, which means that your brain can process stress more effectively.
Spend More Time in Nature
Sometimes fresh air is all we need. For many people, being outdoors encourages them to appreciate nature and reminds them that they’re a part of a much larger universe, lifting their moods and making it easier for them to get good sleep.
Many times, stress can be a result of bottling up feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Many people find it therapeutic to keep a journal where they are able to express their thoughts. Others find it helpful to talk with a trusted friend or family member. Even if this person can’t offer much advice, sometimes all you need is to express yourself and share your thoughts in order to overcome your stressor(s).
Stress doesn’t discriminate: we all experience it! Next time you’re feeling stressed, we encourage you to incorporate some of these suggestions and see how they work. Feel confident about using natural techniques to cope with stress. Remember, we can’t avoid stress, but we can change how we respond to it.