Stress is something none of us can escape; itÃ¢â¬â¢s part of everyday life, and successfully managing stress is a key component in a healthy, happy lifestyle. ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s even an entire website dedicated to stress and its effect on our lives! Stress.org is run by the American Institute of Stress, and this article tells us a lot about how stress can negatively impact heart health and other bodily functions.
So, whatÃ¢â¬â¢s a modern-day stressed-out person to do? You could take prescription pills, but who wants to go broke, experience awful side effects, and even risk internal injuries from dangerous drugs? There are more natural ways to reduce stress, and weÃ¢â¬â¢ll go over some of them so you donÃ¢â¬â¢t have to resort to the doctorÃ¢â¬â¢s choice.
YouÃ¢â¬â¢re probably rolling your eyes at this first suggestion but just listen to me. Exercise isnÃ¢â¬â¢t just a daily routine for burning fat, building muscle, and increasing confidence. In fact, a regular exercise routine has far-reaching effects that can benefit people of all ages. To name just a few benefits, exercise can help:
- Improve your mood
- Improve libido
- Increase energy and motivation
- Improve your overall mental health
- Reduce your risk of disease
- Improve your memory
- Improve sleep quality and sleep patterns
- Manage sugar and insulin levels
- Control BMI and reduce the risk of heart attack/disease
As if these benefits werenÃ¢â¬â¢t enough, regular exercise has also been proven to be a healthy outlet for frequent stress. When you exercise, stress hormones are actually reduced in the body, and the Ã¢â¬ÅgoodÃ¢â¬ hormones, like endorphins, are released, giving you that Ã¢â¬ÅhappyÃ¢â¬ sensation you feel after a good workout. Frequent aerobic exercise can reduce your stress levels, make stressors easier to address/handle and give you a clearer vision of how to reduce future stressors.
Try CBD Oils, Gummies, or Tinctures
CBD is all the rage these days, with thousands of products flooding a booming market in just a few short years. This naturally-occurring compound, known as Cannabidiol, has been shown to be effective in reducing/managing anxiety, depression, and other conditions that add to stress levels. The compound is sourced from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which lends plenty of stigma and misinformation to the compound itself.
CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning you wonÃ¢â¬â¢t get Ã¢â¬ÅhighÃ¢â¬ from using it. Yes, both THC (the chemical responsible for marijuanaÃ¢â¬â¢s high) and CBD are sourced from the same plant, but theyÃ¢â¬â¢re completely different chemical compounds. People of all ages take CBD via oils, tinctures, and gummies to help reduce their own stress and even help calm anxious pets!
Write/Draw/Play it Out
The calming effects of creative outlets have been known for decades. Writing in a journal, drawing or painting, or playing an instrument are all excellent ways to naturally reduce stress. These things act as a conduit for all of your feelings, and you get to see (or hear) those feelings come to life. Playing an instrument is especially effective, as music itself has some pretty great effects on the brain. Playing music has been shown to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones in the body!
The best part about these solutions is that anyone can use them! Even if you canÃ¢â¬â¢t draw like Picasso or play like Beethoven, the important thing is that you have a healthy outlet for your stress. Without some kind of outlet or stress relief of some kind, youÃ¢â¬â¢ll find that your stress internalizes and can put tremendous pressure on both your heart and mind.
Spend Time With The People You Love
Have you ever spent some time with your parents, your friends, or family members, and felt calm and collected afterward? Friends and family make for excellent stress-reducers, as spending time with those we love releases a hormone called oxytocin, which is a stress-reliever. If youÃ¢â¬â¢re lacking some friendly social interaction, it might be time to pick up the phone and schedule some mom and dad time!
Spending time with your children is also a proven way to reduce stress. The feelings of love and companionship that the people in our lives bring us are incredibly beneficial, not just for reducing stress. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ll feel an overall sense of calm and clarity when youÃ¢â¬â¢re benefiting from stable relationships, and thatÃ¢â¬â¢s something worth taking a chance on.
Stress is something we canÃ¢â¬â¢t get away from, but what we can do is learn to manage it in a healthier way. Each of these natural stress-reducers is easy, simple, and effective. Avoid costly and dangerous prescription pills by choosing CBD products, time with family and friends, exercise, or a creative outlet instead. Your mind and your body will thank you for a healthier approach to managing stress, and your friends and family will welcome the extra time you spend together.