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3 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress Naturally

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3 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress NaturallyIt doesn’t matter what causes your stressmenopause, life, career – it can make everything difficult. It’s also not good for you. It can raise your blood pressure, cause digestive problems, give you a headache, prevent you from sleeping, and zap your energy. Chronic stress can put you at risk for viral infections, obesity, and heart disease.

Stress also affects your emotional well-being. It can lead to anxiety and depression. It can also impair your ability to make good decisions and follow a healthy lifestyle. The end result is an increase in stress that leaves you in a vicious cycle.

All in all, it’s important that you manage stress and below are simple and natural ways you can get started.

Exercise


When you’re overwhelmed, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. But it’s worth it. It can reduce stress, boost your mood, and give you more energy. You can do something as simple as going for a walk or you may want to create a more elaborate exercise routine. Yoga and stretching activities are also exercises that can be relaxing and physically beneficial.

Try to shoot for 30 minutes a day and choose something that will be fun for you. As a bonus, get a friend to join you or listen to soothing music or an uplifting audiobook.

Meditate, Pray, Reflect


Meditating is an ancient practice that promotes relaxation and calmness. Prayer and reflection can do the same. You can follow something structured or create a personal style that works for you. You can find a number of tips on the internet or in books at your local library or bookstore.

Pick a quiet, calm place where you can meditate, pray, or reflect without interruptions or distractions. You should also choose an amount of time that works for you. It may be as little as 10 minutes or it can be longer. You can also get creative. A long soak in a bubble bath with some scented candles and soft music might be the perfect atmosphere for you.

Snack Wisely


It’s easy to eat poorly when you're stressed, not realizing it can add to your stress. Knowing which foods can worsen symptoms and which might help with stress can let you make better choices and manage stress better.

When you’re stressed, avoid alcohol, caffeine, excessive carbs, and sugar. Instead, choose fruits, berries, green veggies, oatmeal, fish, turkey, red peppers, nuts, seeds, dairy, tea, and dark chocolate.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-04-2017 - 01:11 PM


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