Do you find yourself exhausted after a day full of stress? Or even worse, do you wake up dreading the day because you know the day will be filled with stress? If so, there is the all too popular way of dealing with it by popping aXanax or drinking your blues away before bed. These ways are indeed effective but aren’t all that great for your body. Even on the most stress-filled days, there are natural and healthy ways to reduce stress. Here are five of them.
1. Chamomile Tea
Sometimes chilling out is as close as a hot cup of tea. Chamomile tea has a sedative effect that can calm you down quickly. The soothing smell alone eases my mood right away, but research says that drinking it can even help you get great night’s sleep (1)!
2. Hot Bath
While you are sipping on your hot chamomile tea, you might as well run yourself a hot bath to double up on your chill time. Hot baths have a way of relaxing all your muscles and melting stress away. Hot baths also increase the heat in your body so when you get out, your heart rate decreases so you can sleep relaxed and soundly (2).
Getting off your butt does wonders for you body and mind. It helps you de-stress because each time you exercise, your body releases an increased amount of endorphins, which is one of the feel good chemicals our body naturally produces. You will also tire yourself out so you are likely to sleep better at night.
4. Eat Right
There are certain foods that weigh you down and make you feel terrible even though they taste amazing. but there are also some delicious foods that will make you feel great and even decrease your stress levels. Foods like dark chocolate, avocados, salmon, milk and almonds are packed with nutrients that help you feel better. So, choose wisely when eating to help reduce your stress (no, ice cream isn’t one of them) (3)!
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5. Calm Environment
Create a calm oasis that you can hide away from the stressful, chaotic world each day. Control your home environment by changing the light bulbs in your house to amber color ones; it will give your entire house a very romantic, relaxed look that will calm you down right away. Use aromatherapy to relax. Lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus are all calming scents that will help your mind slow down and your body relax. Allow soft music to play throughout your house instead of loud harsh sounds that will cause your heart rate to increase.
Practice some of these little tips and find that the stress will begin to slowly ease away.
- Herbs, Gaia. 2009. “Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria recutita).” http://www.gaiaherbs.com/herb_of_the_week.php?id=31