Stress has affected more lives than you know. Stress, if left untreated, can turn into depression, and it is something that eventually eats you up. According to the report by World Health Organization, aka WHO, more than 3 billion people in the world are currently suffering from stress-related psychological disorders; whereas, around 2 billion people are suffering from anxiety-related disorders that is quite an alarming thing.
Thankfully, stress and related disorders are treatable, and recovery rate is remarkable too. Stress doesn’t stand independently; it brings along a number of other symptoms as well. Although antidepressants and anti-anxieties can treat stress and anxiety quite well, they have their own side effects. Managing stress, as well as anxiety with natural remedies, is the safest option to go with. Following are a few natural cures of stress that you need to know.
Let’s start with the basics! Exercise is the cheapest antidote to stress. When you begin exercising on a daily basis, your body starts releasing endorphins that are generally known as feel-good chemicals. In this way, it boosts your mood and eliminates stress and anxiety. If you’re too busy because of your hectic work schedule and cannot make time for a gym, you can exercise at home. Virtually, any form of exercise will help you control stress. All you need to do is take out some time in the morning and work out. Start with a few light exercises and eventually, increase your workout time and try other exercises as well.
Try Herbs & Plants
In the past, when there were no allopathic medicines, herbs and plants were used to cure various physical and mental ailments, including stress and anxiety. There are a number of herbs on the market that are famous for their stress-relieving properties.
Lavender: Lavender is the most famous herb when it comes to combating stress and anxiety. Precisely, this is the reason lavender oil is commonly used in aromatherapy as it relaxes your mind as well as the body in merely a few seconds. The perfect way to use lavender is by using it in the form of essential oil. You can spray it on your pillow before you go to sleep for a peaceful, stress-free sleep or apply it on your forehead in case of a tension headache.
Medical Marijuana: Even though marijuana is something controversial, it is becoming more and more common these days because of its amazing medical properties. Medical marijuana can significantly reduce stress and anxiety. There are a lot of marijuana strains available in the market that you can try. From black diamond strain to ACDC, there are several options that are worth trying. The best part of it is that they come with minimal to no side effects. They may work a bit slow as compared to allopathic drugs, but they’re definitely worth a shot.
Make a Journal
It may seem childish to some, but writing a daily diary can actually help in keeping stress at bay. Get a journal and start writing your daily diary. Mention everything that bothers you, things that make you happy as well as things that make you sad; it will help you accurately organize your thoughts. According to a study, writing a journal brings along a lot of physical and psychological benefits, and it can increase your longevity as well. So, express all your emotions in your diary, and you’ll see a significant decrease in your stress levels. Also, expressive writing can help decrease your worries as well and even help you come up with a solution pretty quickly.
Take Care of Your Sleep
Your sleeping patterns can contribute to your stress to a high degree. Sleep deprivation can increase your levels of stress as well as anxiety. Therefore, maintaining a perfect sleep cycle is crucial in order to have a stress-free day ahead.
On the other hand, too much stress can cause insomnia, which is a severe sleep-related disorder. It is something that can eventually lead to a lot of physical and mental health issues. Take out some time and let the connection between sleep and stress sink in. Give your body its required time to unwind and de-stress at the end of the day, take a hot shower and go to bed early at night.
Eat Organic Food
‘You are what you eat’ is a true expression when it comes to a stressful day. Too much junk food, carbs and calories can increase your levels of stress significantly, making you restless and even more uncomfortable. Your diet plays a major role in your mental as well as physical health; hence, it is something that should be taken care of.
For this, you need to switch to greens, eat lots of fruits and raw vegetables, and take more proteins and cut down on carbs and added sugar. A healthy diet can lead to a healthy mind and body. Apart from that, look for foods that are popular to reduce stress and anxiety and try adding them in your everyday diet. Follow the simple tips mentioned above and keep your stress at bay. Stress is a common issue, but that doesn’t change the fact that it can be more severe than you think. It can disturb your everyday life and normal functioning; therefore, taking precautionary measures is necessary.
Before switching to allopathic drugs, try out the natural remedies that come with no side effects. Treat your body like a temple. Remember that self-love is essential for successful healing. It is necessary rather than a luxury. If you think there’s anything we missed out on, feel free to mention in the comments below.
About the Author:
Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practicing in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at https://thegreenace.ca/.