Natural Sources of Stress Relief
Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 8:41 am
There are many different ways to reduce stress. Not all of them are ideal or healthy. April is a month that comes with some financial stress as everyone files their taxes. We all could use some stress relief right about now. Try some of these natural sources of stress relief.
Foods That Can Reduce Stress
Many people can feel their blood pressure going up when they are under a lot of stress. According to Food Network, avocado and banana each have potassium (which can help lower blood pressure).
Another way to reduce stress is with a nice cup of tea. WebMD reports a study that found that people who drank black tea had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after exposure to stress.
Green tea contains an amino acid called theanine. It is what gives green tea its flavor and it also promotes relaxation. Tea that includes chamomile can soothe an upset stomach and make it easier for people to relax and fall asleep.
Many people turn to chocolate when they are stressed. It turns out that chocolate can reduce stress – but not any kind of chocolate will do. Look for dark chocolate because it has flavonols. Some feel that flavonols can make the heart healthier. Other foods that contain flavonols include grapes, apples, blackberries, legumes, red wine, and green tea.
Cocoa consumption (an ingredient that is found in dark chocolate) increases nitric oxide. It is a chemical that naturally occurs in our bodies. Nitric oxide can reduce blood pressure because it prompts blood vessels to dilate.
Other Natural Stress Reduces
Health Magazine says that the scent of lavender can reduce stress. One easy way to get the lavender scent in your room is to include a bowl of dried lavender. Another option is to use a lotion or moisturizer that has been infused with the scent of lavender.
There is something incredibly relaxing about having a long, hot, bath. It just feels good! The heat can help sore muscles and stiff joints to loosen up. Add a lavender scent to encourage more relaxation. The great thing about a bath is that it forces you to chill out, sit still, and clear your mind of worries for a while.
Exercise can also help people to reduce stress. Spend 30 minutes exercising, five times a week, for best results. Exercise increases a person’s levels of norepinephrine. It is a chemical that helps the brain to more efficiency cope with stress.