The problem with stress is that it leads to more stress. As we get stressed, our bodies produce more hormones like cortisol that make us feel more stressed. This vicious cycle can be difficult to break out of. If you’re feeling constantly stressed, and you have been for a while, you might be feeling trapped by your emotions.
Mental health aside, stress takes a toll on your body too. It can leave you lethargic and lacking in energy, and that’s never good. It’s important to get out of that cycle as soon as possible and go back to feeling relaxed, which is why I’m going to be giving you some tips on reducing long-term stress.
Before we get into the list, I want to stress that you should always consult your doctor about any mental health issues you might be suffering from. With that in mind, if you still want to try to beat it on your own first, here are some things you should try.
1. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being present. It’s kind of like meditation, where you focus on understanding your emotions, thoughts, and feelings, and letting go of them. It’s very much about being ‘in the moment’ and can help you to feel more calm. Try it out!
2. Change jobs
Sometimes, stress isn’t a problem with your mind, but with your lifestyle. It could simply be that you’re unhappy in your job or home life. If so, you need to recognize this and make a change. Even if it seems difficult, you deserve to be happy, and if you think you’re job is making you unhappy, look for a new career.
3. Get More Sleep
How many hours of sleep do you get each night? If your answer was less than 8, you need to sleep more. Sleep affects us in profound ways, and it’s recommended that healthy adults get at least 7 or 8 hours sleep on average each night.
4. Get adequate nutrition
Equally important is what you eat and drink. Our bodies use the things we consume to make our bodies and minds function correctly. If you’re lacking in nutrition, it can have a knock on effect and take a toll on your physical or mental health. This can be a subtle effect, but it can make a big difference.
Some studies have found that those with a balanced, nutritious diet that is rich in vitamins have happier, healthier, longer lives. If you’re trying to minimize stress, start by making the little changes you can control, like improving your diet.
5. Use natural relaxants
Certain natural substances like lavender and herbs like certain Indica strains can have induced a relaxed state of mind. Do some research into the best natural products for relaxation and try them out. A cup of chamomile tea and a bath with some essential oils can make a huge difference to your stress levels.
There you have it! 5 tips for reducing stress. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!
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