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Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

By: Vivian L.

The global pandemic has caused much more than an outbreak of illness; it has caused sharp increases in stress and anxiety. Stress can directly damage the body and indirectly make many existing health conditions worse. Some may turn to sugar, alcohol, illicit drugs, or even binge-watching TV to cope with stress. These coping mechanisms may provide temporary relief, but the stress will return even more vital as long as the body stays out of balance.

The Ayurvedic approach to living is an ancient practice that focuses on bringing the body back in balance through natural practices and remedies. Unlike many short-term coping mechanisms, these natural practices benefit your health and wellbeing. Best of all, these natural remedies are easy to practice in your own home and do not need a considerable investment of time or money.

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient art that can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Using various poses and deep breaths, yoga offers both physical and spiritual benefits. It can be done in the morning, at night, or during the workday. You can do it from a chair, desk, or in the middle of your living room. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is always an online class for you. Many studies have shown that yoga may reduce stress and help you manage depression and anxiety symptoms. It can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help relieve symptoms of several chronic conditions done by stress or anxiety, such as pain, arthritis, asthma, and insomnia.

Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. A combination of deep breaths and calming the mind, meditation has as many types as it does adherents. Some like to listen to music or a recorded meditation teacher; others prefer silence or repeating a mantra. In all cases, the goal is to calm the “monkey mind.” Numerous studies have shown how meditation reduces stress, increases resiliency, and even improves certain chronic conditions, including chronic pain.

Green Tea and Supplements

The benefits of green tea are well documented, but it goes beyond merely benefitting the body. The ritual of making a hot cup of tea, smelling the fragrant liquid, and taking a deep sip of warm comfort immediately reduces stress levels. And tea does not need to be bland or flavorless; stress relief can be found with various flavors and tastes.

Stress relief may also be found in supplements like Ashwagandha. An ancient medicinal herb classified as an adaptogen is sold to help the body resist all types of stress. Ashwagandha is one of the essential herbs in Ayurveda with an ancient pedigree and the goal of natural healing. 

As with any supplement, consult with your medical provider.