Have you ever felt so stressed out, that you just didn’t know how to handle it? Your heart races non-stop and your thoughts just won’t calm down? Stress has become a constant companion in the life of a lot of people, including mine. Work, Life, Chores, Friends, Family – it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Unfortunately too much stress and anxiety is a real problem, that shouldn’t be ignored. That’s why this article has 9 tips to relax naturally and reduce stress!
What kind of stress is bad?
Not every kind of stress is automatically bad. Sometimes stress can be positive, while at other times it feels awful. These two types of stress are called eustress and distress.
Eustress is perceived as wonderful and exciting. It always has a positive effects on the organism, sharpens our perception and makes us more powerful. This could be the case, when you’re working on a project with a tight deadline, but it is fun and makes you feel good.
Distress on the other hand means nothing good for the body. On the contrary, physical and mental health can even seriously suffer from it. A few signs of too much negative stress are: weight problems, skin problems, burn out, depression or other mental illness, sleep problems, digestive problems or sudden hair graying.
Usually it helps to listen to your gut and to distinguish between them: Do I feel inspired by the stress i am experiencing or does it absorb all my energy?
9 Tips on how to relay naturally
1. Go, Sporty Girl & Sporty Boy!
Sport is one of the best tips to reduce stress and it’s physical effects on our bodies. That’s why it can’t be left out in this list. It is, of course, a paradox right? You’re totally exhausted from everyday stress and should do sports anyways? Well, kind of 🙂 Because being active and doing sports has amazing effects on our bodies. It brings our blood to circulate and helps us to really relax our minds. When the body reaches its limits, many feel that their head is finally free from negative thoughts. It is very important, thought, to find the right kind of sport for you. Something that’s really fun! Some people love team sports, others prefer jogging by themselves. No matter what kind of exercise is right for you, any kind of sport helps against stress. Let’s go!
2. Bye Bye negative thoughts!
Life is not always easy, right? Sometimes problems get in our way, that have to be resolved. Sometimes they can cause real negative stress. In that case, it is really important HOW you are overcoming those problems. Some people are always thinking about the unfairness of life, while others just jump over their problems, like they are little stones in their way. Have you ever heard of the concept of “Resiliency”? This comes from psychology and means:
Psychological resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to successfully adapt to life tasks in the face of social disadvantage or highly adverse conditions. Adversity and stress can come in the shape of family or relationship problems, health problems, or workplace and financial worries, among others. Resilience is one’s ability to bounce back from a negative experience with “competent functioning”. Resilience is not a rare ability; in reality, it is found in the average individual and it can be learned and developed by virtually anyone. Resilience should be considered a process, rather than a trait to be had. It is a process of individuation through a structured system with gradual discovery of personal and unique abilities. (Wikipedia)
Resiliency can also help against stress by not being overly stressed by obstacles and bad situations. Concentrating on beautiful thoughts instead of negative thoughts can make a big difference! That’s why as soon as negative thoughts emerge, you should simply breathe deeply, perceive and accept your own thoughts and then politely say goodbye to them. 😉
3. Smiling makes you happy(er)!
Did you know, that with a forced smile you can increase your level of happiness? It seems a bit odd right? But it is so true! The act of smiling can help reduce stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and dopamine. When I first learned about it, I was totally confused – how can a forced smile my general happiness? After I tput some thoughts into it, I understood: the body and the mind are deeply interwoven and have tangible effects on each other.
4. Using Essential oils to relax
Many essential oils and their aromas have a relaxing, stress-relieving effect. That’s why they have been used for a thousand years to relax and pamper body and mind. Essential oils can be easily integrated into everyday life. You could, for example, take a bath with a few drops of essential oil (or simply make bathing bombs with essential oil by yourself). You could also put a few drops of essential oil on your pillow before going to bad. It will help you sleep faster and more relaxed! I use every day essential oil in the form of my self-made DIY deodorant. The scent accompanies me throughout the day and helps me with stressful situations.
My favorite scent and my go-to-essential oil is lavender oil! I simply adore it! The scent is relaxing and invigorating at the same time. It helps with inner balance, nervous cramps and depression. Lavender oil even helps against sleeping problems. Other great essential oils that are great for relaxation: rose, ylang ylang, bergamot, vanilla, rosemary, cinnamon, chamomile, jasmine and sandalwood.
5. Detox with alkaline bath salts
Hyperacidity of the body is a big problem for a lot of people. It can be caused by malnutrition, smoking and stress. That’s why taking a bath with alkaline bath salts helps to relax our bodies. It positively affects the acid-base balance of our body and can be effective against hyperacidity. You can measure your PH-value by using so-called PH-value test strips from the pharmacy or Amazon (for example). Your bath with alkaline bath salts can be done very easily and without much effort at home. All you need is a basic bath additive. Alternatively you could also make your own alkaline bath salt by using baking soda. Either way – a basic bath is simply heavenly!
6. Healthy diet against stress
Have you ever had a really queasy stomach feeling? At the same time, it feels almost as if our belly could think! And in fact scientists have long figured out how closely our brain is interwoven with our intestines. The bowel is, so to speak, our second brain – it feels, reacts, processes everything we give it and communicates with all regions of our body. He is a real miracle! Especially in stressful situations, we feel our intestines very intensively: of stomach tummings, stomach pain or digestive problems. This is why healthy eating is an important factor in relaxing and relieving stress. If our intestines are good, our head is good too! 🙂
7. Take a walk in nature
This tip sounds so easy: Taking a walk every day! Walking on your own feet and being outside is soooo great for the body and the soul. It really doesn’t matter how long you are walking. Even just a little walk around the block can reduce stress and help you sort out your thoughts. In reality thought, it is quite hard to stick to it. Sometimes life is just to hectic for a walk, right? Well, keep in mind that particularly in in stressful times a little walking should be a priority. While walking, you can relax, enjoy the environment, discover a nice little café or just chat with a friend.
8. Having a happy & safe home
This tip is, at least for me, the most important in this list! Because a happy and safe home is the basis for successfully relaxing your body and relieving stress. It is the oasis that allows your mind to rest. Of course “a home” looks different for everyone! Some feel at home in their apartment or house, others define “home” more like a place, where their family or friends stay. Whatever you define as your homebase, it should always be a place where you like to spend time. A place that brings you joy, where you can process all the impressions that happened during the day. That’s why you should always fill your home with things that will make you happy! Whether it’s a colorful vase, a partner, or the lack of both, it’s YOUR home!
9. Treat yourself with some beauty-time!
Having a beauty routine has always been one of my favorite relaxation techniques! For me, it is much more than just doing thing to look better – it’s doing something to make you feel better! I just love spoiling myself from time to time with a natural face mask, a special treatment for my hair, nails or skin. It’s really about being nice to yourself. My tip: Take a moment every week to spoil yourself and make it a real ritual. Make yourself a delicious tea, light a candle or listen to your favorite music. Then spoil your body with a special treatment, like a face mask. I love the natural face masks by Khadi (for example Kadhi Sandalwood). They help me relax stress and clear my mind, while clearing my skin as well 😉
Which of these tips will help you relax? And do you have more tips against stress?