Stress is detrimental to your health but fortunately, there are many ways to cope with it or learn to avoid it. Stress can be a beneficial reaction for short periods of time, for example when you‘re in danger, but it‘s harmful when it lasts for a long time and becomes chronic. Here are a few ways to cope with stress:
Take herbal remedies
Either consult with your local herbalist or get advice at a good health food store. I use a lot of herbs in my clinic to reduce stress and anxiety. A few of my favorite herbs are Ashwagandha, Holy Basil and Rhodiola root. Both Ashwagandha and Holy Basil help to lower cortisol, the hormone that is produced in response to stress. They are natural Ayurvedic remedies that I often use for my patients and they also have many additional health benefits. Holy Basil is tasty in tea and Aswhaganda is easily available in powder which can be added to drinks. Rhodiola root grows in Iceland and is an excellent remedy to increase the body’s resistance to stress and for reducing anxiety. All of these herbs are easily available in capsules and tinctures.
Find time for your hobbies
Engaging in activities you enjoy can be a great way to reduce stress. Do something every day that brings you joy, whether it‘s dancing, drawing, reading or something else entirely. Discovering new hobbies can bring you a lot of pleasure too!
Meditating is a great way to relax a busy mind and restore your peace. You can do it anywhere but peaceful surroundings and relaxing music can be helpful. Meditating for as short as a few minutes a day can help you stay present, gain a new perspective on a stressful situation and reduce negative emotions.
Talk to somebody
Opening up about your worries and troubles to somebody you trust can be healing and is much more effective than bottling all your emotions up. Next time you feel overwhelmed with stress, try sharing with a friend or book an appointment with a therapist.