Natural Stress Relief Techniques for a Complicated Life

Natural Stress Relief Techniques for a Complicated Life

Natural Stress Relief Techniques for a Complicated Life

As a practicing pharmacist I am increasingly concerned at the number of people who resort to popping pills to deal with stress rather than consider natural stress relief techniques.

I’ve been someone who has struggled with stress in the past so I know what it’s like to feel under pressure and anxious about what the future might bring.

In daily life, many people find themselves rushing to fit everything in. For example, they hop out of bed. They go to work. And before you know it, it’s time to put the kids to sleep and start the process all over again. If this sounds like you, you know the feeling all too well. You’re stressed. You don’t have time to sit down. You can’t take anymore.

Finding ways to relieve this kind of stress works to calm you and make you feel more relaxed about life. There are a number of natural stress relief techniques that can help you do this. These are wide and varied. And best of all, most of these methods can be found right at your fingertips.

When you’re stressed, you may be tempted to drink or engage in activities that are detrimental to your health. However, finding ways to combat stress can help ease the pressure you may be feeling. The first step to relieving your stress is to learn what causes it before it starts.

Take time to think about the reasons you are feeling stressed and make a note of them. Addressing these issues is a matter for another article I am planning to share with you.

For now, let’s look at some simple but very effective natural stress relief techniques:

Meditation

Are you constantly racing against the clock? Do you need just a few spare moments to relax and unwind?

If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, you may want to consider meditation. Studies show that meditation quiets the brain and gets you more in tune with your thoughts. At the same time, you get a brief reprieve from whatever is stressing you. The nice thing about meditation is that it doesn’t cost anything, and it doesn’t involve putting harmful substances in your body. Many doctors prescribe medication for stress, and it doesn’t help.

Meditation as a natural stress relief technique comes with a number of benefits. These include peace of mind and a renewed sense of well-being. But did you also know that your brain releases hormones every time you meditate? It’s true. When these hormones are released, the brain sends electric signals that connect to your muscles. This helps to lower blood pressure, experts say, which in the long run can make you feel good.

Exercise

Exercise is another natural stress relief method that will make you feel better. According to health experts, your brain rushes endorphins to your body when you exercise. This can make you happy and give you energy. This sudden boost of energy gives you a positive attitude, so you can approach the world and meet the demands of life.

Try taking a brief walk, or lift some weights. Start your workout small. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend working out each day. Exercise is a great natural stress relief technique, because it allows you to channel stress into a physical outlet.

Breathing Exercises

Do some deep breathing while you work out. Not only does it circulate air through your lungs, but it also helps calm your nerves. This helps clear your lungs and gives you energy. When you do this, you will find that you can think more clearly and function more effectively.

Focusing on the very act of breathing as you take a deep inhalation and then breathe out is a great way to quiet the mind and slow down any racing thoughts. I also try to visualize the feelings of stress being blown out of my body as I breathe out.

Let’s Dance!

Dancing is a great way to relieve stress. As a natural stress relief technique, it is a lot of fun. Take time out of your busy day to turn on some music and let loose in the living room.

Dancing with a partner is great but if you don’t have someone to dance with don’t let that stop you. Whether its having a boogie to some country tune or moshing to some heavy metal, put on your favourite songs and just go for it. You will be amazed at how good you feel afterwards.

Over to You!

Finding natural stress relief techniques is a surefire way to significantly reduce your stress levels and make you feel better overall. Take these simple tips and incorporate them into your stress management repertoire. You will begin to feel a lot better about yourself, and your health will improve overall

10 thoughts on “Natural Stress Relief Techniques for a Complicated Life”

  1. Eliminating stress is my #1 priority. I’ve been through a lot because of it.
    I often say to my friends that if I find someone who can make me stop getting stressed, I’ll marry them. 😛
    I’ve tried working out and it definitely helps and keeping a journal helps me a lot. Just writing everything that made me anxious or angry throughout the day. And of course, dancing. If I can describe jumping around until I get exhausted as dancing!
    I’ll try meditation to see how it works. Thanks for the tip!

    • Hi Kate. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Keeping the journal helps give you insight into what makes you stressed and helps you plan how to deal with it in future. I agree that you should try meditation as it will really help to balance your thoughts and quiet your mind.

  2. What ‘s going on Doc! Or David lol. Are you a Dr? Wanted to show some respect for those who help us out. This article is so valuable!!! As a person who has dealt with heavy stress for years. Thankfully I have done a great job of overcoming it. But I wish I had researched my problem earlier. 

    Many things in this article has helped me to overcome stress. Yet I still need to do them with more Discipline. For me it is making some time for prayer. The exercise is so awesome!

    The Gold quote from your article that most people miss I think is writing down the things that are bothering you. I did that and then looked at them. I realized that I was worrying for no reason. Of course everyone is different and will understand what those issues mean to them. 

    But the old Pen and Paper is still King in my eyes! Dancing and Music are also a great thing for me. You are helping people to have a better life. Thanks! 

    • Hi Ceddy. You are totally right to say about writing things down being so powerful. As you have already seen – sometimes you realise that you are worrying unnecessarily but it also helps to see what is actually making you stressed to help you better prepare for similar situations.

  3. Exercise sure helps me a lot to destress the brain. I work two jobs – my day at the clinic and my night, where I blog. It’s hectic because there’s only so much time you have in a day. By the time I sit in front of the PC, my brain is literally stuck. Despite the lack of time, I took up swimming classes – something I enjoyed in the past – just to improve on my skills. 

    The class only last for one hour per week, but the effect was evident. Training my brain to breath takes the thinking load away and when it comes back to work on the blog, it actually thinks better – if you know what I mean. 

    • Hi Cathy. Exercise is such a good stress reliever and it was the first thing I always turned to when I was really stressed to help burn off those stress hormones. I know exactly what you mean about the breathing exercises and it’s something you can fit in to almost any schedule for a quick dose of stress relief.

  4. My problem with stress is that, sometimes, you are not aware you’re stressed because it has become a norm in your life. You think it’s part of the normal life and that you have to go on and fight. But then, after some time you will notice in front of a mirror the signs of aging that you got through stress. White hairs start popping up, wrinkles and for men, going bald.

    Thanks for the simple tips you shared here. I believe these are going to help me relieve the stress that I have inside, which mostly are money-related. And I agree with you that they are better than pills or any stress vitamins that are being advertised out there. But may I ask, for a busy person like me, how often in a week should I meditate or exercise?

    • Hi Gomer. The best thing about natural stress relief techniques is that it is virtually impossible to overdose on them so you can use them as often as you need to. For someone like yourself who recognises that they are experiencing long term stress then planning some regular exercise or meditation into your schedule will really help to manage the stress levels

  5. The constant and repetitive routine really dulls a person’s emotional, physical and mental being. This is probably why I am so excited to wait for friday or weekends to go clubbing with my friends, drink and party ’til dawn. I must admit that I take a lot of alcoholic drinks, and eat fried, fatty food to go with it. Of course, I wouldn’t feel great the next morning but I can’t stay in the bed for too long to make up for the lost time doing the house chores. When I’m too tired, I find myself in front of the TV watching several episodes before I feel sleepy to go to bed. Like you said, these practices are detrimental to one’s health condition and at my age, i can’t he hard headed not to take action of the situation. Thank you for this informative article on how to deal with stress. I think I’m going to try meditating instead of  binge watching so I can be attuned with myself.  

    • Hi MissusB. It’s good that you recognise that you are using some quite unhealthy stress management techniques but it’s something that so many others do too. Hopefully you will find meditation is a better solution to your own stresses.

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