Ways to reduce stress

For many people stress is just a word. Something that makes fleeting visits from time to time but doesn’t have any lasting effects on their lives. However if like me, and many people I know you do suffer from stress on a regular basis, there are many steps you can take to reduce it.

Here are the five Perfect Balance ways to release stress. I’d recommend trying them and sticking with what works for you! Remember there is no one way to overcome stress, it’s all individual to you.

Exercise

Exercise is something that everyone is guilty of not doing at some point in their lives. But it’s so integral for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It’s long been fact that a healthy body can help fight disease but it’s not the only benefit. Exercise releases endorphins which become the natural version of a painkiller in your brain.

It also helps you sleep better which results in reduced stress. On a personal level, it also creates that little bit of time to focus on things and clear my mind of anything stressful. I feel as though literally ‘work it out’ of my body.

Exercise doesn’t necessarily need to be rigourous to reduce stress. Don’t get me wrong, if you’d like to run a marathon, or swim across a reservoir I’m sure that’d relieve stress amazingly! But for me and you, it can be walking, taking a little bike ride or even practicing yoga in your room. It really is what works for you. As long as you’re doing it consistently and avoiding injury, exercise is a great reliever of stress.

Massage

Massages are a great way to reduce stress. I don’t mean the one’s your partner gives you or rolling around on a piece of foam but a professional massage! (Although those too can feel great sometimes)

Firstly, in taking the time to receive a massage, you’re taking a break from the busy goings on of life. That in itself will relieve stress. Secondly the massage can promote better sleep and improve mood, therefore resulting in less stress.

If you haven’t yet tried a massage I strongly recommend that you look into an appointment with your local masseuse. Here at Perfect Balance Holistics, I offer an Indian Head Massage. I find that this is great for relaxation and calming the mind. If you would like to find out more about this service, contact me today using the contact form on my Homepage!

Oils

There are plenty of remedies you may take in order to reduce stress. Both one’s that are pharmaceutical and those that are considered more natural. Now, although the pharmaceutical kind work for many people, I would recommend that you first try the natural solutions to relieve stress.

What I do when relaxation is impossible and my mind goes into overdrive is use a blend of oils in my evening bath so that I can rest better and feel overall revitalised for the following day.

The blend consists of 5 drops of Lavender, 8 drops of Eucalyptus Peppermint and 4 drops of Rosemary. I add this to my running bath and it calms me down, and eliminates any worry I had earlier in the day.

There are more oils that you can use to reduce stress other than my own blend, it’s really about finding what works for you! Here is an article by Up Nature that has a list of oils and how to use them to manage your stress.

Healthy Balanced Diet

A healthy balanced diet goes hand in hand with exercise. just as important as it is to exercise, it is to refuel yourself with the right nutrients. Now I have to be clear, eating an entire bar of chocolate may feel brilliant at the moment you’re stressed however it will leave you feeling bad about yourself and in turn, will only create more stress. That being said, I’m not saying that you should only eat carrots and celery. The importance here lies in the balance.

All things in moderation is the key to a healthy balanced diet. Ensure that you’re getting a healthy mix of proteins, carbs and fats and remaining within your personal calorie intake zone if you feel like having some chocolate, why not restrict yourself to something the size of a small kitkat (take a break).

When it comes to diet, there is one thing that for me, directly helps reduce stress and that’s tea. In particular green tea. It consists of antioxidants that are superb for the body (and it’s great for dipping your kitkat into from time to time).

Another thing that contributes to a healthy balanced diet is a water. We’re all aware of the benefits of water but sometimes we opt for soda instead. Caffeine can cause stress levels to rise and therefore I would seriously recommend that you swap can of soda for a cold glass of water, you’ll feel less stressed and more proud of yourself!

Meditation

Meditation is my final tip for relieving stress. That’s not to say that there aren’t other ways to! There are many, and remember it’s all about what works for you!

Meditation tries to bring your mental state to the present moment. Don’t allow your perceptions of those who meditate you to belittle the practice. You can meditate even without any religious orientation. Despite popular belief, it isn’t centered around that topic.

You can join meditation classes at your local leisure centre, societies, or if you’d you like to meditate in the peace and quiet of your own home then there are plenty of applications on your phone including Calm and Headspace both of which have free versions available on the app store! There are also other meditation apps, but I find these to be the most efficient.

If you would simply like to give meditation a go on your own, simply sit down in a comfortable position and start to focus on your breathing. Don’t be annoyed if your thoughts sway, this will happen from time to time. With practice, you will be able to remain focused on your breathing, your mind and your body without indulging in thought.

Thank you for reading my five ways to relieve stress. I really hope this helps and that you learn to manage stress so that you can go back to enjoying your rich and amazing life. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!

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