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Relieving Stress Naturally

Relieving Stress Naturally

Recently, I went to a mindfulness class that focused on breathing and meditation. I had never meditated before, and I found the class to be more difficult than I expected. Compounding things was the man leading the meditation who kept saying, “Breathe in, now … exhale and think, ‘soft belly.’” No matter how old I am, “soft belly” will always give me a chuckle when an adult man is repeating it. 

Not all of you would react this way, I’m sure. Several classmates told me how beneficial they thought it was after only a couple of sessions. And as many of you may know, meditation has become an increasingly popular way to relieve stress in everyday life and in the business world.

Unfortunately, I just couldn’t settle my mind down enough to take advantage of this method, but thankfully, mediation can be adapted to personality types. There are many other ways to enjoy relaxation to conquer stress. With three boys, I need all of the help I can get. As I learned from taking the meditation class, It is crucial to listen to yourself and practice whatever stress-relieving methods are most effective for you. That being said, don’t be afraid to try new mechanisms to relieve stress. It could be your next favorite.

Here are my go-to ways to combat stress:

  1. Starting with a healthy diet and exercise routine – how often is this the first thing to go out the window when stress checks into your house?  
  2. Make a list of the things you need to do and stick to it.
  3. Organize your life – clean up around the house make a donation bin for unneeded clutter. Buy a new planner to get yourself motivated to write down a schedule and goals.
  4. Incorporate prayer, meditation and relaxation.
  5. Treat yourself well. Every once and awhile, I allow myself to have an indulgence. Whether it’s a hair appointment, bubble bath or some retail therapy, it helps me realign. 
  6. Get sufficient sleep in a room that is dark – even free of LED lights from clocks, radios and more.
  7. Limit caffeine, especially close to bedtime.
  8. Understand that you do not need to be busy and productive 100% of the time. Rest. Take breaks. You deserve them, and your body and mind are begging for them.
  9. Set limits and stick to them. In other words, know when to say “no.”
  10. Do something small that brings you joy several times during the day (e.g., go for a short walk, listen to your playlist, smell the roses, etc.).
  11. Make use of homeopathic “cures” for stress; chamomile tea at bedtime, lavender shampoo or body wash in the shower and essential oils in the diffuser work wonders. 

Learning to manage stress is more important than you might realize. Research has shown that being in a state of constant stress contributes to poor health, disease onset, and can shorten your life. Managing stress can lead to not only a happier day-to-day outlook, but can also reap long-term health benefits.

2 Comments
  • Pat Draney Wiltfong says:

    All of the above is so true. I am 86 years ol and had a stroke last fall. I have recovered well and am doing fine after making some changes in my daily routine. Drs continually tell me to do these 4 things: eat healthy, exercise in someway everyday, sleep 8 hours everyday which includes naps, and interact with other people on a regular basis. When I don’t follow these guidelines I see a difference in the way I move, speak and process information. I have been doing these things for some time however would skip days. Now they are ‘must dos’ everyday.

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