Why is it that we find the most difficult times to focus on self-care are actually the most important? It’s because staying stressed makes everything worse when it comes to our health.
Stress weakens our immune systems (not what we need) and slows down our metabolisms (also not what we need).
To prevent the damage chronic stress can cause, let’s first identify where the stress is coming from. Then, you can counter it with these 10 holistic tips and start feeling better fast.
First, get to the root of your stress. Often we see the effects of stress come out in physical pain, poor sleep, eating more than we should or not eating enough. Sometimes you’re just in a terrible mood for days (or longer).
We all have off days, but if you’re finding that more days are harder than not, it’s time to figure out why.
There may be certain relationships or situations in your life that have left you feeling anxious, lonely, or nervous. Be honest with yourself and get to the bottom of these feelings by doing some reflection, writing, or meditating. Talk therapy can be extremely beneficial for this as well.
Now, create a plan to improve your wellness and address your concerns that are leading to your stress. By adding in a few of these ideas and reversing your negative habits, you’ll feel the mind-body connection and incredible improvement in your daily outlook.
Here Are 10 Uncomplicated Ways to Relieve Stress – NOW:
When stress strikes, it can feel overwhelming. The last thing you need is a complicated solution. Instead, find simple ways to relieve stress that don’t take a lot of time. Because when we’re stressed out, finding a way to move past that stress is top priority.
1. Try Breathwork
Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system which in turn helps the mind and body calm down.
Something as simple as stopping what you’re doing and taking a deep inhale through your nose for a count of 5, followed by a deep exhale out your nose for another count of 5 can drastically reduce your feelings of being stressed out.
2. Schedule Self-Care
Seriously, take a bath, give yourself an at-home pedicure, or practice some self-massage. Take some time every few days for some more indulgent and relaxing self-care.
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3. Write It Out
Practice gratitude by writing about everything you have that is going well, or write about all the things that are frustrating you and making you cry and burn it or rip it to shreds. Write a strongly-worded letter to the person, issue, or problem and tell it how you really feel.
Writing is an extremely healing practice, even if it’s new for you.
4. Use Supportive Apps
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5. Read a Book
And then read another one. And another. Change it up and read something that entertains you, educates you, or inspires you.
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6. Avoid Numbing Out
Cut back on drugs, alcohol, and caffeine. This may sound like the exact opposite of what you want to do when you’re stressed, and that’s exactly why you should avoid it.
An occasional treat can quickly become a daily habit that becomes addictive, disrupts our sleep and gut health, and increases depression and anxiety. Consider pulling back and switching to herbal tea and an earlier bedtime and notice the difference in 1-2 nights!
7. Practice Yoga
There are TONS of free yoga videos online, along with affordable subscription-based options (have you tried the YA Classes by YogiApproved online yoga + fitness membership for just $14 per month?).
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Yoga has endless benefits for both body and mind, and it’s great for your immune system, metabolism, and stress.
8. Put Your Phone Down
It’s really easy to spend the majority of our time these days constantly connected. If you spend too much time on your smartphone, it may be time to take a break. Many of us spend way too much time on our smartphones, leading to negative effects on our mood, mindset, and even physical health.
Try to unplug where you can and enjoy the environment and people you’re with in-person.
9. Talk It Out
Communicate. If there’s someone at work, in your home, or in your life that has taken part in this stress, it’s time to talk it out. Particularly with those we are closest with, it’s not always easy to share how we really feel or what we need.
Show yourself some love by prioritizing your needs and setting healthy boundaries. Sometimes you just need to let it out and let it go.
10. Eat Right
Fuel your body with healthy foods and recover each night with solid sleep (ok, so this is really two tips in one). It doesn’t matter how much you practice breath or movement if you’re not physically well.
By now, we all know how important a balanced diet (mostly plants and mostly organic) and getting plenty of rest is, but sometimes, we need a little reminder. This is your little reminder.
Turn to These Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Any Time You Need!
Stress is one of those problems that get worse if not addressed. The more stressed we become, the worse we feel, and the worse the stress becomes.
Love yourself enough to combat the effects of stress with kindness towards your mind and body and treating it with wellness. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re stressed out, but know that there are many ways to relieve stress – and they don’t need to be complicated!
If you feel like healthy activities and self-care aren’t scratching the surface of your mood, be sure to contact your healthcare or mental health professional right away for an assessment or additional support.