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Stress can wreak havoc on your life. When you have a disagreement at work, you can come home and take out your frustration on your spouse and other loved ones. If you have problems at home, you might feel stress that causes you to act badly. The more stress you feel, the more unhappy you will be. It’s not just stress that can affect your personal and professional lives either. Anxiety can also rear its ugly head and leave you worried about things you cannot control. Though it might seem impossible, there are some natural ways you can reduce your anxiety and stress.
Take a Break
Have you ever had a hard day at work because you spent hours focusing on the same task or duty? Taking a break gives your brain a chance to rest and helps you gain mental clarity. You don’t need to do dozens of different things during your break either. Simply taking a few minutes to sit outside in the fresh air can help as can sitting down to read a chapter of your favorite book. You should aim to take a break of five minutes or longer every 50 to 90 minutes.
Spend Less Time on Your Devices
Did you know that using a phone or tablet might actually increase your stress and anxiety? Social media is one of the worst things around for your mental health. When you have trouble at home or work, you don’t want to log on and see all of your friends bragging about the raises and promotions they got at work or how they had a romantic weekend with someone special. Another danger of these devices is that they produce a lot of blue light, which can affect your sleeping patterns. You should always turn off your phone and other devices at least an hour before you go to bed.
Grab a Journal
Writing is a good way to express yourself and cope with stressful situations that make you feel anxious. You don’t need a fancy journal or an expensive pen either because a simple ballpoint pen and a notebook will work. Make it a point to sit down and write at least five minutes a day. Talk about what happened during the day that you didn’t like along with all of the positive things that happened. If you feel anxious or stressed, write about the events that caused those feelings. Putting your feelings down on paper can help a lot more than you think.
Try Supplements or Natural Products
Natural supplements come in mixtures designed for those who need to battle stress and anxiety. Lavender is a great ingredient to look for because it has a calming effect and can also help you sleep. Valerian root works just as well and is an ingredient found in many common supplements. Other ingredients to look for include turmeric and chamomile. You can also use CBD products like gummies, oils, or topicals. Consider buying the seeds and flowers too as you can combine them in different recipes.
Make a Plan
One reason you might feel anxious or stressed is that you aren’t sure what you need to do. Have you ever woken up on a weekend and looked forward to doing nothing only to worry about all of the things that you need to take care of around the house? Whether you’re at work or home, make a plan for the day. Write down all of the things you want to do and stick to that list. This may mean that you need to set boundaries. Don’t be afraid to tell your boss that you can’t take on another task until you complete your last task or let your friends know that you need to clean your home and won’t be free until later in the day. You should also learn how to say no to others. Though you might hate it at first, saying no gives you more time to focus on yourself and your mental health.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. When you feel anxious or stressed, you put a lot of pressure on yourself, which can lead to depression. Whether you experience those feelings at work or at home, you can look for natural ways to reduce your stress and anxiety such as writing in a journal and taking frequent breaks.