Do you resort to over-the-counter stress relievers to eliminate stress? Are you hooked into drugs because you want to avoid a stressful situation? These are inclined to cause a great deal of problems than those that toy want to treat.
But, here’s the good news- there are natural ways of dealing with stress.
What is stress?
Stress is your physical and psychological response to a situation, environment or condition. It is your body’s way of reaction to a challenge. Your sympathetic nervous system activates in response to a stressful event which makes you fight or fly. Stress can be positive or negative depending on its impact on your mind and body.
Forms of stress
Your body’ reaction to stress may come in various forms like-
- body pain
- high blood pressure
- increased appetite
- loss of appetite
- sleep disturbances
- tension headache
Ways to combat stress
Positive Self-Talk: How do you talk to yourself out loud and on your head? Your stress will increase if you will keep on telling negative things to yourself. On the contrary, saying positive things to yourself will calm you down and lessen stress. So, if you are confronted with a stressful situation, instead of saying, “I can’t do it”, tell yourself, “I’ll just do my best.”
Count up before you speak. If you heard someone say negative things about you or anything that fires you up, it will be helpful to count up to ten or even 20 before you open your mouth. In this way, you will be able to think over what you heard and you can still maintain your composure.
Just walk away: instead of dealing with it abruptly, just walk away from the situation. Take a step back and don’t return until you are composed enough to handle it. By doing so, you can avoid making drastic steps or saying hurtful words and you can also avoid being hurt without preparation.
Exercise: If you are always stressed at work, in school or at home, try to do some exercises. Exercise depletes your adrenaline and promotes relaxation. It relaxes your muscles and moves your mind away from stressful thoughts.
Eliminate stimulants: Avoid alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants that increase your stress level. Instead, try eating vegetables and organic fruits. You can also try hot milk with honey before sleeping.
For more information on how to combat stress naturally, talk to your psychiatrist or trusted doctor about it.