5 Natural Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety
We can all admit, 2020 has brought some added stress to everyone’s lives. We could all benefit from some anxiety relieving practices to carry with us through the remainder of the year! Read on to learn the top 5 ways I reduce stress in my own life.
This is a big one for me! Regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even just five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects! Go for a walk, join your local gym, or dive into some online fitness glasses.
While prioritizing a good night's rest is important for your overall health, it can also help with feelings of anxiety, as your body is less likely to feel overwhelmed or on edge when you've slept well. If falling asleep is an issue for you, it's important to set up a bedtime routine for yourself. Aim to be off all electronics at least an hour before bed. Take a bath, do your night-time skin care routine, add a facial mask, and try reading instead of TV to help your mind shut off.
Spend time outside
Being in nature can reduce anger, fear, and stress and increases all those good, calming feelings. Exposure to the outdoors not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Grab your dog (or kids or self!) and get outside for a daily walk.
The one we all know to be a big help but rarely focus on! Start by doing just one small thing everyday that is just for YOU! This could simply be taking an hour out of your day to wash your face, shower, use your favorite body lotion, and put a little make-up on. Start small and work your way up to a few things every single day that helps you focus more on taking care of yourself in the ways you deserve.
Give yourself grace!
Most importantly, give yourself grace. It’s been a tough year and if you didn’t use your quarantine time to train for a marathon or become supermom, that is completely OKAY!