Natural Stress Relief Ideas for National Stress Awareness Month
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 8:00 am
April 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 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!
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.
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!