Welcome to the Natural Stress Relief Guide, your portal to pages full of information about stress and what it does to your mind and body plus holistic stress remedies, tips, and techniques to help you manage and eliminate stressful and anxious feelings that plague you.
Overwhelm, fears, and challenging situations affect every area of your life - mental, physical and spiritual. These stresses affect your relationships, how you handle your finances, even what you eat and how you sleep. How your mind and body handle stress affect every cell in your body and over time can make you sick or help you stay healthy and at ease.
In today's crazy fast paced world, a variety of holistic stress and anxiety relief remedies and techniques are needed more than ever to help you cope with different types and levels of distress.
These helpers calm acute (in the moment) stress and chronic (long-term) events. They work in one or more of three ways: they protect your body from the negative effects of distress, they help you relax in the moment, and/or they can neutralize the triggers that start the cycle in the first place.
Not only is this three pronged approach for natural stress relief important for your mental well-being, it is important for your physical health as well. Health experts estimate that at least 80% of illness traces back to a severe emotional stress or long periods of chronic stress. Add in problems caused by physical or chemical challenges on the mind and body and that number climbs to well over 90%.
Before jumping into the relaxation techniques, it is a good idea to understand the connection between your health and stress. When you grasp how your brain and body respond to distressing triggers, you will be in a much better position to choose the best holistic stress remedies to help yourself through it. For example, did you know that the stress of having a broken heart can actually harm your physical heart? Or that high cortisol levels resulting from an ongoing stress response can cause problems with digestion, weight gain, a compromised immune system, and accelerated aging?
Your mind and body were not designed to endure the constant stress we put them under. Occasional bouts of clammy hands, racing heart, and narrowed vision, and other symptoms of feeling stressed are not problematic for short periods of time and may even give you the push you need to get things done when used in a positive way. But when you are stressed out most of the time and/or it becomes so common for you that you don't even notice it or maybe even like the feeling, that is a signal that you need to decelerate.
Therefore, it is helpful to remind yourself what dis-stress is doing to your mind and body and how it is putting you at risk of illness. This is serious stuff. Over 75-percent of doctor visits are linked to conditions influenced by stress.
So do what it takes to calm your nerves, slow down, and enjoy peace and contentment much of the time.
The focus of natural stress relief is on how to relieve mental and emotional tension naturally using holistic stress remedies and techniques. Some of these methods are best used every day, even several times a day. Others can be used as needed.
As you read the related articles linked below and watch the videos, you will find yourself resonating with some methods, and not with others. This may even change from time to time, so it is helpful to have a variety of strategies and remedies handy. For example, choose several varieties of calming herbal teas to enjoy throughout the day, an herbal adaptogen such as ashwagandha or rhodiola to help your body deal with the effects of stress, and a few techniques including laughter, focused breathing, and taking a nap to relax your mind and nervous system throughout the day. In this way, natural stress relief is built into your day and becomes a habit. You may even enjoy it. Go with what appeals to you because then you are more likely to use them.
The most important point about these natural stress relief strategies is to use them! Start learning, practicing and using the methods now. Then, when you need them, you have beneficial habits established. They become another pillar of your daily healthy living habits.
Incorporating natural stress and anxiety relief remedies into your lifestyle is a major part of holistic healing and wellness. They are especially important when you are experiencing physical or mental health challenges. Your body cannot heal if it cannot relax. Practice alleviating immediate and long standing causes of distress and make relaxation an every day practice for a healthier, happier life.
Are you experiencing extreme stress and need some relief right now? The Ultimate Guide to Stress-Relieving Baths includes great tips and energy practices to help you relax and rejuvenate in or out of the tub.
I wrote this guide while going through a long period of intense stress so I know these tips help. You get this Guide and the DeStress for a Healthier Happier You audio as one of your "Thank You" gifts for subscribing to Val's newsletter.
The techniques in this book and throughout this guide give you a powerful arsenal to bring more calmness and relaxation into your life - which is a very good thing for your mental and physical health.
Natural Stress Relief page updated 11/2020