We are already in the middle of autumn and our daily lives are becoming more and more busy and hectic. Worry not though! We are here to give you useful tips on dealing with anxiety and stress in your daily life.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress. There are a few reasons behind this: First of all, exercise lowers your body's stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers. Secondly, exercise can improve your sleep quality. Lastly, when you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing.
All you have to do, is find an exercise routine or activity you enjoy.
2. Consider Supplements
Several supplements promote stress and anxiety reduction. Some of the most common ones are:
-Omega-3 fatty acids: One study showed that medical students who received omega-3 supplements experienced a 20% reduction in anxiety symptoms.
-Green tea: Green tea contains many polyphenol antioxidants and may lower stress and anxiety by increasing serotonin levels.
- Valerian: Valerian root is a popular sleep aid due to its tranquilizing effect.
3. Light a Candle
Using essential oils or burning a scented candle may help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety. It is, after all, well known that aromatherapy can help lower anxiety and stress.
Some scents are especially soothing. Some of them are: Lavender, rose, bergamot, chamomile, sandalwood, ylang ylang, orange or orange blossom and geranium.
4. Chew Gum
For a super easy and quick stress reliever, try chewing a stick of gum. According to several studies, chewing gum may help you relax. It may also promote wellbeing and reduce stress. One possible explanation is that chewing gum causes brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. Another is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to your brain. Additionally, one recent study found that stress relief was greatest when people chewed more strongly
5. Learn to Say No
Not all stressors are within your control, but some are. Take control over the parts of your life that you can change and are causing you stress. One way to do this may be to say "no" more often. This is especially true if you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, as juggling many responsibilities can leave you feeling overwhelmed.
6. Spend Time with Your Family, Friends and... Pet
Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times. One study found that for women in particular, spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. Another study found that men and women with the fewest social connections were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
Having a pet may also help reduce stress and improve your mood. Interacting with pets may help release oxytocin, a brain chemical that promotes a positive mood. It may also help relieve stress by giving you purpose, keeping you active and providing companionship.