Stress is, well, stressful. It’s not just the immediate heart pounding, palms sweating, stomach churning that are worrisome. Chronic stress is linked to serious health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Nipping stress in the bud can make you feel better right away and even help protect against future health issues.
The next time you feel frazzled, try one of these stress busters for immediate relief.
Dig in the dirt: Planting petunias and pulling weeds isn’t just good for curb appeal. Gardening is a great stress reliever. Research published in Preventive Medicine Reports found strong evidence that gardening reduced stress and boosted mood. Grab and trowel and cultivate some stress relief.
Go for a nature walk: Hitting the trails could boost your mental health. Researchers at Stanford University found that a 90-minute walk in a park or forest helped decrease negative thoughts.
Play with your pet: Spending time with your favorite furball boosts levels of the “cuddle hormone,” oxytocin, and reduces levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. No pet? No problem. Go to the local humane society or cat café. You’ll boost your mood while showing some affection to a pet waiting for their fur-ever home.
Light a scented candle: Aromatherapy is a popular form of stress relief. Studies show that scents like citrus, bergamot and lavender can trigger feelings of calm and relaxation. Light a candle while soaking in a hot bath to double the stress-busting benefits.
Breathe:Feeling stressed? Take a deep breath. Research shows that deep breathing has a powerful effect on stress. Inhale slowly through your nose, allowing your belly to expand and exhale fully through your mouth; repeat until you feel a deep sense of calm.
Roll out your mat: Mind-body practices like yoga help counteract the effects of chronic stress, according to a study published in Frontiers in Immunology. Whether you’re a regular at the yoga studio or sneak in a few sun salutations before carpool, spending time on the mat will go a long way in making you feel relaxed.
You know what else can save you stress? Having a holistic treatment such as Reiki or meet with a personal life coach who can offers great tools and services to help make your life easier.
I often teach my clients how to use Aromatherapy, Crystals in their daily life and educate them on chakra balancing. If you are looking for a life coach who is certified as a teacher and can work with you via phone, video calls and more let me know. I am always available.