Natural Stress Relievers

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Natural Stress Relievers

Stress can take a toll on our everyday lives. When mismanaged, stress can lead to numerous health problems, including weight gain, fatigue, acne, depression, anxiety and heart disease. Stress can strip us of our energy and leave us feeling overworked and under-appreciated.

How can you relieve stress? It’s important to take the time to evaluate what’s causing it. Take a moment and write down a few things in your life that are causing you to feel overwhelmed. An important element of managing stress is changing how you respond to it. By identifying and taking steps to improve your response, you’ll start to notice a change in your energy levels and mental clarity.

There are also several natural methods of stress relief. Something as simple as planting a small garden or making small changes in your diet can be life-changing. See below for a few additional ways to help eliminate stress.

Eating Healthy

What you eat largely affects the way you feel. Many foods have been linked to stress relief, including berries, almonds, avocados, salmon, asparagus and leafy greens. Foods that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are great additions to your diet. By putting more of these stress-fighting foods on your plate, you’ll be eating your way to a calmer you. Looking for extra help eating healthy? Schedule a Telenutrition appointment with a Kroger registered dietician.

Gardening to Reduce Anxiety

Gardening can help lower your stress levels and boost your overall mood. Using your green thumb pays off in more ways than one. Try growing some stress-relieving vegetables for a double bonus. Sit back and enjoy the serenity of nature while you watch your garden grow.

Benefits of Physical Fitness

To help alleviate tension and stress, participate in a physical activity every day. Whether your favorite way to break a sweat is performing yoga, going for a run or taking a nightly stroll, adding physical fitness to your daily routine will release endorphins and improve your overall well-being.

Engaging Your Senses

Give all five senses some loving. Listen to soothing music, enjoy scented candles, read your favorite book or watch a new movie. Open yourself up to laughing, singing and even crying. Whatever you may be feeling, you should always try to embrace and acknowledge your emotions.

Learning how to relieve stress successfully will take time. Be patient and your efforts will significantly benefit your health, leading to inner peace and happiness.

For additional articles, tools and resources, please visit our Mental Wellness guide.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing health care recommendations. Please see a health care provider.