A How-To-Guide On Combating High-Stress Levels
Let’s unpack stress and how it affects us in our everyday lives. What exactly is stress? According to the Webster’s Dictionary, Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. When left unchecked, stress can be the source of significant health issues. Currently, 70% of adults in the United States say they feel some level of stress or anxiety daily. Several studies validate Americans have various stress-management methods. One unhealthy coping mechanism — smoking, 14 percent of adults are turning to smoking for stress support.
We are prone to stress for many reasons, mainly because we fear the outcome of situations by living in expectancy of the wrong things or we’re simply lacking faith altogether. Whether we want to accept it or not, any level of stress we experience is often times self-created. Where others tend to cause us small levels of stress we maximize those levels by dwelling on what people say, do or think. I am not a fan of being overly stressed. I work endlessly to be sure I am not giving too much energy to things that I know are of very little importance. Aside from telling myself “this too shall pass,” I practice routines to help me lower or eliminate my stress levels altogether. Here’s a list of a few healthy, easy ways to combat high levels of stress in order to remain at peace and focused.
1. Drink Tea
Tea is known as an ideal method to reduce high stress levels. According to studies, tea has been the go-to remedy for centuries in places all over the world. According to studies, tea has been the go-to remedy for centuries in places all over the world. I suffer from anxiety. I was always apprehensive about taking doctor prescribed medications to curb my anxiety or stress. According to a report in the 2010 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, people who use anti-anxiety medication have a 36% increased mortality risk. What exactly does that mean? It basically means choosing to use medications heightens your chances of death by 40% opposed to people who choose not to medicate themselves by using natural, holistic remedies. Natural home based remedies are important and a lot safer. Yogi Kava Stress Relief tea is my favorite go to when I am feeling anxious or stressed. Opt for tea and out of harmful medications. The scent of certain teas is also said to help with stress relief. You can also try:
Burning aromatherapy oils/incense.
Aroma scented/Spiritual baths.
Take a walk to inhale fresh air.
Often times, when we're feeling stressed and/or overwhelmed our first natural instinct, is to shelter ourselves. It’s actually more harmful to be alone during the times you’re feeling stressed because it increases your chances of constant overthinking. When you know life is throwing you a curveball or two, it really helps to get out of the house and socialize more with those close to you. Not only does it help to keep your mind off of things, but it gives you the opportunity to voice out loud your struggles, which heightens the possibility of finding a solution(s). Never underestimate the healing power of some good ol’ social fun. Other alternatives in line with socializing are:
Write and recite positive healing affirmations
It is my belief that meditation is simply the state of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now, fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment. Meaning, meditation can be achieved through any technique that brings you a greater sense of awareness. When practiced for as few as 10 minutes each day, can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a higher capacity for relaxation. Mediation is a great way to relax your muscles, body and limit your distractions. I’ve created a quiet, sacred space in my home where I can have that relaxation and alone time to meditate and release any unwanted energies. Other resourceful options are:
Sitting outside and watching nature
Listening to Jazz or meditation music
Listen to water sounds. The sounds of waves are therapeutic.
4. Spa Day
I love a good spa day. When I am stressed or overwhelmed I live for the days I can visit the spa and get a massage and facial. If money is funny don’t fret. There are cheaper options other than the spa. You can always go out and get a manicure and pedicure and relax in the salon spa chairs. Run a nice warm bubble bath, light some candles and commence to relaxation. I often purchase hand crafted ritual baths that consist of natural herbs, oils, and salts that help draw in joy, contentment, and happiness. Need a few more alternatives?
Read a good book
Start a good YouTube or Netflix series that’s informative.
Engage your visual senses by looking at new art or creating your own.
Keeping positive methods in mind to help lower your stress levels is a daily necessity. Stress is common and can be a part of our everyday lives, but if we are actively working to prevent it, it lessens our chances of struggling with it daily. Here’s to working actively to be stress-FREE!
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.