Natural Stress Relief Ideas for National Stress Awareness Month
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Natural Stress Relief Ideas for National Stress Awareness Month

Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Stress ReliefApril is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can come from many different sources including your job, family, partner, and diet. Stress has a negative impact on your overall health. Luckily, there are several fun and all-natural ways to de-stress and feel better!

Exercise!

Exercise really gives you the time to focus your attention on yourself and your thoughts. It’s also a great way to let negative thoughts go. Yoga, Tai Chi, or running force you to clear your mind and focus on the task at hand. Going through an especially stressful time? Try taking it out on a punching bag or through kickboxing exercises. Exercising also releases endorphins, which positively boost your mood! Best of all, you’ll be feeling healthy and looking great!

Meditate

Meditation is something you can accomplish in just 15 to 30 minutes each day. Through meditation, you can acknowledge all of the thoughts running through your head and let them go. You’ll quickly learn how to focus on just the important stuff in the moment. You can also institute small meditation techniques like focusing on your breathing throughout the day for a quick way to calm down.

Get a Massage

As if you needed another excuse to get a massage, right? Massage has been used for thousands of years to relieve stress. It also helps relax tense muscles, reduce pain, and improve circulation, which will all have a positive impact on your mind and overall well-being!

Eat a Healthy Diet

Junk food makes you depressed. Eating a diet rich in natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables will improve you mood, keep your weight down, and will have you feeling better in no time! Be sure to drink plenty of water and cut back on the caffeine, which can make you jittery or anxious in high quantities.

Sleep!

Getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to keep your stress levels down and you mood up! Be sure to find the right amount of sleep for you. Too much will leave you depressed and feeling sluggish while too little will make your cranky. Make sleep an absolute priority in your life!

The Best Medicine…

It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. Studies have shown that laughter can help hospital patients heal better, decrease depression, and manage stress! Spend some time with your funniest friends, read a funny book, or see a movie that makes you laugh out loud – do whatever gets the biggest chuckle out of you!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.