How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.  ~Spanish Proverb

Stress is something that affects everyone. Stress does serve a purpose and there’s even such a thing as good stress. However, when you feel like your stress is getting out of hand, the best thing you can do for your body is to look for natural stress relievers. It can be very tempting to handle stress in unhealthy ways.

Here are some techniques you can use to reduce your stress level:

1. Practice yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation are ancient arts that have been proven to work for stress relief. When you connect the mind, body, and spirit in a healthy, peaceful fashion you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.

2. Enjoy the benefits of green tea. Green tea is a natural herb that you can drink or take in capsule form. It’s loaded with beneficial antioxidants to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. It’s a natural stress reliever and helps boost metabolism to energize you. It may even help with weight loss.

3. Go for a walk. Many people think that going for a walk is only good for your physical fitness. However, walking can benefit you spiritually and mentally as well. Staying even moderately active increases oxygen levels in your brain, which also improves your mental state. Plus, a 20-minute walk gives your mind a chance to reflect and rejuvenate.

4. Keep a diary or journal. Keeping a diary can help you unload your thoughts in a private manner. You have the benefits of knowing that your secrets are safe and you can still vent in the process. Venting on paper just might prove to be a great stress reliever. Writing with pen and paper is more effective in self-expression than using a computer.

5. Try aromatherapy. Many essential oils can be used in aromatherapy to help calm you in a natural way.

6. Get a massage. A massage is a great way to relax your muscles. It also helps to get blood flowing properly throughout the body, which naturally reduces stress.

7. Listen to music. You may want to try some traditional relaxing music such as classical or world music. However, everyone is different, so experiment with different types of music that you might find relaxing.

8. Eat Healthy. There are so many benefits from eating a diet rich in healthy proteins and fats and fresh vegetables. It’s sometimes difficult to make the right food choices. Ask your nutritionist, dietician or physician what the best foods are for you. Also, check your local wellness center for ongoing nutrition classes, too.

9. Take a warm bath. Taking a warm bath is beneficial to your body and mind. The warmth will help your body relax while the peaceful time to yourself will help you achieve a balanced mindset. Warm water will also reduce muscle tension.

10. Do something funny. The saying “laughter is the best medicine” is no joke. Laughing can definitely help you to relax and therefore reduce stress. Just smiling and hanging out with a good friend can shift your mood and make all the difference in the world in your stress level.

You’ll soon find that there are endless possibilities for natural ways of reducing your stress. Your job will be to find out what works best for you personally. As long as you take time out of each day to take a break and unwind, you’ll be well on your way to reducing your stress.

6 thoughts on “Ten Natural Ways to Reduce Stress”

  1. You mention going for a walk which is a great idea for stress relief. What are your thoughts on doing more rigorous physical activity? Do you think going for a run or a swim–the very opposite of slowing down and relaxing–are good ways to let out stress?

    1. That’s a great question, Daniel. I think rigorous exercise helps reduce stress. However, it’s important to fit exercise earlier in the day as late night exercise can cause sleep problems.

  2. Those are great tips, Lisa! I'm particularly fond of 1, 3, 4 and 8. I seem to never have time for a long bath but I indulge in extra long showers often.

  3. My gurantee stress reducer is to have my relaxation time each day.  If I don't get that I become unbalanced pretty fast! Good tips =)

  4. Excellent points you make here..I have had a very productive week….but I am tired and looking forward to implementing some of these things this weekend 🙂

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