There is nothing worse than the feeling of anxiety that you feel when you are stressed. It is human nature to want to worry about things but not everything is within our control. Over time, stress and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on our bodies. Here’s an example of how stress can affect your body, say a large dog comes running after you. Your hypothalamus sets off an alarm in your body which in turn, prompts you adrenal glands to release hormones, adrenaline which prepares your body for fight or flight. The release of adrenaline increases your heart rate, raises your blood pressure, dilates your pupils, slows down digestion and sends more blood to the muscles in your arms and legs. The amount of adrenaline released is enough for you to feel it for 3-5 minutes. That’s the time needed to react to a situation without compromising other organs.
When you experience stress for a long period
of time, another hormone cortisol, comes into play encouraging the release of more adrenaline. This may last for days or weeks causing serious health issues such as racing heart, dizziness, poor digestion, headaches, trouble sleeping, and other serious issues. There are things you can do to help your body relieve stress.
Here are 8 ways to relieve stress naturally.
1. Take regular walks- a buildup of adrenaline can cause anxiety and taking regular walks especially in calming places such as the woods or on the beach can lower the production of stress hormones.
2. Decreasing or eliminating caffeine- I love having my morning coffee but that’s where it ends. Drinking too much caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, increases the amount of acid in your stomach which can cause heartburn and causes increased heart rate among other things.
3. Avoid alcohol- Alcohol changes the levels of serotonin in the brain making your symptoms worse.
4. Do something relaxing- writing, reading, yoga anything that changes those negative thoughts to positive ones.
5. Diffuse essential oils- some essential oils such as lavender have a calming effect on the body.
6. Talk to people who support you- Talking to someone supportive can really help make you feel better.
7. Drink plenty of water- dehydration can cause heart palpitations which can lead to anxiety.
8. Try some herbal remedies such as chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm or lavender. There are several ways to take herbs. Personally, I love a nice cup of herbal tea to calm and relax me. When I am on the go I make sure to take my remedies in tincture form. Tinctures are ready to go and easy to take.
Check out Wild about Herbs website for ready-made teas and tinctures.
Talk to your health care professional before taking and herbal remedies.