Stress means different things for different people, so it makes good sense that the way we manage our stress will be different for everyone. You probably know some excellent ways to relieve the symptoms of stress that everyday life gives us, but being able to manage it when you can’t get to the gym to exercise the stress away is important.
There are so many conditions in life that need stress management. Depression, often referred to as ‘the black dog’, takes a lot to manage and in some it’s not manageable at all without medication. The problem with medication is that the side effects can often make you feel worse, even if the mood swings have improved. Recognising the signs you are feeling by doing your own research on websites such as http://www.bipolar-lives.com/am-i-bipolar.html can help you on your way to managing your stress and any condition that develops as a result. There are plenty of natural ways you can curb your stress levels, so check out our list and figure out what’s going to work for you:
Lavender has long been revered as a natural, calming solution to issues such as insomnia and anxiety. The soothing smell of lavender can lower your heart rate, which in turn lowers your blood pressure and helps you to relax. Keeping lavender in a vase beside your bed, or even in the form of oil drops on your pillow case can help soothe you into sleep.
When you feel stressed out, it’s easy to feel exhausted. Feeling tense and sad can take a lot of energy without you even realising. Going to the gym for a workout can be an excellent stress reliever. If you can’t get to the gym, a quick HIIT workout like this one or a run around the block can release pent up anxiety, adrenaline and make you feel more energetic. It sounds like a double negative, but give it a shot.
Caffeine is known to keep us awake for longer than we need to, but did you know that too much caffeine can increase symptoms of anxiety? The shakes and jitters you get are a side effect of your morning coffee and if you are drinking far more than you need to a day, you’ll find you may feel a little paranoia. Cut out the caffeine in your drinks and go for decaf options if you still want the taste. Find natural ways to energize yourself instead of relying on caffeine. A banana, perhaps.
Sleep can be hard to come by if your stress gives you insomnia. A good night’s sleep, however, can make you feel refreshed in a way that nothing else can. Make a point of leaving screens out of the bedroom and going to bed at a reasonable hour for a full sleep.
Meditation and deep breathing can often feel like it’s going to be a waste of time, but until you understand how you can focus yourself and find your centre, you can feel all over the place. Practice these breathing techniques the next time your stress threatens to overwhelm you.
All of these tips can help you get through a stressful situation but always ask for help from your doctor if it starts to feel out of control.
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