Stress. It starts with a little problem like a deadline at work, and before you know it, it’s spilled into your home life. It starts affecting your relationships at home which means you can’t sleep as a result and before you know it, you’ve got heart disease, high blood pressure and an increased risk of death.
Think we’re being dramatic? Perhaps, but stress is a genuine killer if it’s left unchecked. It can lead to a whole host of health complications which can ultimately culminate in heading to an early grave.
That is why it is important to manage stress as soon as the symptoms arise. Keeping it in check is a must for the sake of your mental and physical health. Here are some of the ways you can combat stress.
Get enough sleep
It can seem like a vicious circle. You’re stressed so you can’t sleep and because you can’t sleep you are tired and become more stressed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, an adult between 18 and 60 years of age needs a minimum of seven hours sleep a night. That will help improve your mood, help you think more clearly and allow you to handle situations better. Setting a regular bedtime, restricting your access to technology and not drinking caffeine after 3pm can all help you get a better night’s sleep.
Seek out natural remedies that fight stress
There are plenty of plants and natural remedies that you can either add to your diet or start taking as supplements which can help to keep stress levels under control. Kava root is one of the best given that it not only counters stress but can also fight anxiety, sleeplessness and muscle tensions which can all play a contributory role in stress. Lemon balm, valerian, lavender, and kratom from The Kratom Connection are all plants that can help while replacing your coffee with green or chamomile tea will reduce your intake of potentially stress-inducing caffeine in favor of stress-busting chamomile and theanine.
Ditch the unhealthy foods
Natural remedies and supplements will only go so far. A significant contributor to stress is an unhealthy diet, which is particularly problematic as when we are stressed, we are far more likely to reach for the convenience of a takeaway or ready meal than bother to make a nutritional meal. These stodgy, processed foods will leave you sluggish and cause you to gain weight which is the last problem that you want to burden yourself with if you are already feeling under pressure. Ditch anything unhealthy and instead turn to foods like fish, broccoli, and eggs which boost cognitive processes and mood.
Learn deep breathing techniques
When we’re stressed, our heartbeats increase which means we end up breathing faster. You may not notice it at the time, but it really is happening. You can regulate your heartbeat by learning to control it through deep breathing techniques. The extra oxygen you are pulling into your body by taking meaningful breaths will also help to calm you and clear your mind, allowing you to see things more clearly through the fog that stress causes.