Stress and anxiety are becoming a part of our daily life in this 21st century fast-paced modern world. Usually, we pay little to no attention to the stresses we face in our day to day life up until to the point when it starts damaging our health. Our “fight or flight” responses is triggered by stress hormones (i.e.: cortisol) that are released in our body. For fast response in sinister situations, these hormones help to increase our energy levels, activates our brain to use glucose optimally and even increase the concentration of blood sugar. However, a range of health problem can be caused by the activation of our body’s stress response system. As a result, now it has become more important than ever before to learn how we can reduce stress. Below are five simple ways that you can help reduce stress in your day to day life.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has created a lot of buzzes and probably you have heard the name throughout the year, and there’s a pretty good reason why. Among the many uses of CBD, the use of CBD oil for stress and anxiety alleviation is most common. CBD interacts with the receptors along with our body’s own endocannabinoid system. Thus it can strengthen our immune system, fix imbalances and relieves indications of anxiety and stress. You can be in charge of handling your everyday stress by taking a few drops of CBD oil.
Meditation can be the most cost-effective and natural way of relieving stress without the help of any third-party medication. You can exercise meditation by simply taking deep breaths, emptying your mind and focusing your attention. It will energize you for the entire day with peace of mind and you will feel calm and relaxed. We cannot avoid meeting and deadlines in our modern life, but in between your work hours, you can simply take a few minutes to practice meditation simply by emptying your mind out of thoughts, focusing on yourself and taking deep breaths.
Our body releases hormones like serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin which are also known as happy hormones in general terms when we do exercises that involves physical activity. You might have heard the term called “Runner’s High.” This occurs when there is a rush of endorphins released by the body at the time of running. With the help of endorphins, our body can overcome pain and stress levels can be reduced. It can also help regulate sleep. On the contrary, cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, can reduce the production of happy hormones. Involving yourself in regular physical exercises can help you overcome stress by increasing the production of happy hormones and minimizing the production of stress hormones.
We all are accustomed to caffeine up to some extent. It is a common option to keep us awake and feeling energetic in the morning when we feel like we need to go back to bed and get some more sleep. However, too much caffeine intake (like too many cups of coffee) can lead to anxiety, which results in causing more stress. When you take too much caffeine, it can also lead to other things including cold sweats, heart palpitations and upset stomach. Instead of having a third or fourth cup of coffee that might increase your anxiety, instead, you can have some natural fruit juice. If you have an extreme level of cravings for coffee, you can try decaf coffee or something similar, like tea with low caffeine.
Having quality time with family and friends is a great way to love and be loved. It can reduce your stress levels, too. You might consider yourself as an introverted person, but there is probably someone out there with whom you love to spend your time with. And those who are extroverted, it is always an exciting experience for them to meet and greet people around them. When you will spend time with your loved ones around you with laughter and joy, it will help you to forget the worries you have in your life and your stress level can go down.
We simply cannot remove stress altogether from our life, but we can manage it to keep things in a balanced condition. If you apply these five ways we discussed, you can be ahead of the curve when it comes to stress management, which will results in a better lifestyle, healthier relationship and sound body and mind.