Though it’s become a bit cliché to say, it’s true that we’re living through very difficult times, and it’s normal to feel higher amounts of stress and anxiety than usual. If you’ve found yourself a bit overwhelmed by the world around you, try some of these easy stress-relief tips to help you wind down.
Did you know that exercise and movement is a great way to help relieve stress and anxiety? Moving your body helps to regulate your stress hormones and aids in better sleep which also helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Activities like walking or jogging that use repetitive movements of large muscle groups are the best at relieving stress, but it’s important that you exercise in a way that feels good to you so that movement is a de-stressor rather than a chore.
Take Your Vitamins
There are lots of vitamins and supplements that claim to help reduce stress and anxiety, but some of the most effective are lemon balm, ashwagandha, green tea, and omega-3 fatty acids. You can find these supplements in pill form and in many yummy foods!
Lighting a candle or running a diffuser with essential oils is a great way to wind down when you’re feeling stressed. Scents that are commonly used to soothe anxiety include lavender, bergamot, chamomile, sandalwood, frankincense, and orange blossom.
Though social media and technology allow us to stay connected with friends and loved ones, they can also be draining with how much information is available. Take a day (or longer!) to disconnect from social media and video calls. Whether you need to delete the apps from your devices entirely for a while or just log off for a day or two, taking a digital break can help reduce anxiety and stress.
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Yoga has become very popular over the past 10 years, and it’s a great way to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety. Though going to a studio for a class may not be an option right now, there are lots of online classes for free or just a few dollars that will help you focus on your breathing and unwind for a little bit.