If you are looking to relieve stress and are hesitant to resort to medications or other potentially hazardous solutions, consider naturopathy. It is an all natural way to eliminate stress without resorting to potentially unhealthy shortcuts.
Here are some great ways to reduce your stress levels naturally
Say No To Caffeine
When your kids, spouse, job or school are stressing you out, abide by the tenants of naturopathy. This means going all natural and not using drugs. One such drug that most people lean on is caffeine. While many people don't like to think of caffeine as a drug, classifying it as anything else would be a lie. Caffeine is in coffee, some teas, some soft drinks, chocolate and some medicines. While it is difficult for some to make the transition away from coffee, doing so significantly help you in the long run. Using coffee as a pick me up when you are fatigued and under pressured is like using a crutch. Coffee gives a temporary jolt but it also causes an eventual crash as it tires out your body's adrenals. You'll find that you need another cup of coffee when the rush wears off. This will cause you to lose sleep, feel nervous, suffer from mood swings and become addicted to caffeine.
Some people are so pressed for time that they forget to exercise or just plain can't. Don't use your busy schedule as an excuse for a sedentary lifestyle. If you exercise, you'll feel much less stressed. Those who engage in regular physical activity feel physically and mentally refreshed. Exercising really helps your tight muscles relax and gives you an energy boost to carry you through the rest of the day. Without an active lifestyle, a life where you feel healthy is impossible in the long run.
Give Yourself A Break
Those who believe in naturopathy schedule in down time for rest and relaxation. They don't sacrifice sleep for productivity. A lack of sleep can actually increase stress levels and cause a myriad of other health problems that will only make you feel all the more uneasy. It is imperative that you give yourself a break and rest up. After all, what's the point in being awake for three quarters of a day if you are tired? Tired people are unproductive and liable to make crucial mistakes at work, school and while driving.
Make sleep a high priority. Get into the habit of waking up and going to bed at the same time each morning and night. Make sure that you avoid screens and other electronics in the hour before you go to sleep as these devices stimulate the brain so much that it can't settle down and reach REM sleep. Consider taking a nap during the day so that you can stay productive into the late afternoon and evening. Be careful to not nap for more than 10 to 15 minutes each day as it'll be difficult to wake up and feel refreshed after an elongated slumber.
Drinking alcohol is so socially accepted that it is very hard to resist knocking back a brew or two after work each day. While alcohol reduces stress, it causes dehydration, insomnia, hangovers and is quite addictive. Instead of opting for the bottle, use herbal supplements to reduce stress naturally. They don't have the negative side effects of alcohol or caffeine but they'll still help you settle down and feel at ease.
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