In the light of April being Stress Awareness month, here are a few simple natural remedies to try to help reduce your stress levels.
A Nutrient Rich Diet
Studies have shown that our bodies benefit from for a good supply of nutrients. Try adding things like: Salmon, walnuts, blueberries into your diet. These nutrient dense foods can help your brain handle stress. It is also important to drink plenty of water.
Use Natural Products
Products such as make up, shower gels, deodorants and even some toothpastes often contain lots of elements that are not all that natural. Using more natural products can help your body when it is in a state of stress.
Breathe in Calm
Aromatherapy can be a great way to release stress and very simple too. If you don’t have a diffuser at home there are many simple ways that you can try to create the same effect. For example:
• You can try putting a few drops into a massage oil and applying it to your shoulders and chest.
• Try a couple of drops of a calming essential oil on a hankie and carry this with you if you start to feel stressed when you’re out and about
• Fill a bowl a little way with boiling water and add a few drops of essential oil you can then relax as the lovely scents diffuses into the
room. When the water is slightly cooled lean over the bowl and inhale the steam.
Some recommend calming oils are Lavender, lemon, peppermint or rosemary. It is best to try a few and see which scent works best for you.
Take a Bath
If you enjoy baths you will know how relaxing and calming they can be. Again, try to use natural bath salts and soaps to enhance the relaxation. Adding a couple of droops of an essential oil of your choice can also be a great way to have an extra relaxing and natural bath.
Many herbal teas have different therapeutic properties. Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea can have wonderful and natural calming effects on our brains. Other teas such as peppermint, rose and lemon balm can also help to relieve stress.
The brand ‘Clipper’ make a wonderful range of natural and organic teas, they also use unbleached tea bags making their teas that little bit more natural. For a relaxing bed time I can personally recommend their sleep easy tea. The tea in an infusion with cinnamon, chamomile, valerian and other natural herbs enhanced with natural orange flavouring.
Decorate your home with lavender. The pleasant and soothing scent has been proven to lower your heart rate and even reduce blood pressure which in turn helps you relax and also leaves your home smelling lovely!
It is important to remember that these natural remedies are very different to conventional western medicine. If you feel your stress levels are becoming unendurable we encourage you to see your doctor or speak to a qualified professional on an accredited register.
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