Studies suggest that stress levels among US adults are higher than ever. It’s common to have days when you feel stressed, but if you find it hard to switch off and relax, or stress is getting on top of you, here are some tips to help you cope.
Take time out
One of the most common causes of stress is feeling like you’re always swimming against the tide. Many of us have busy schedules, and we’re juggling working long hours with other commitments, such as running a household or caring for children or elderly relatives. There’s nothing wrong with having a full schedule, and some people enjoy being busy, but sometimes, we need a break. Try to manage your diary so that you have time to rest, recover and have fun. Leave work at the office, use your evenings to relax, and make time for self-care, hobbies and interests and socializing.
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Exercise is a powerful natural remedy for rising levels of stress and anxiety. We tend to think of physical activity as a means of building muscle and boosting heart health, but it also has incredible benefits for your mental health. Moving your body can help you to manage and control stress and other emotions and it can also clear your mind and lift your mood. Whether you’re out walking, you’re doing a yoga session in the living room, or you’ve joined a HIIT or boxing class, you should notice the benefits of increasing daily activity levels.
Supplements and natural remedies
Many people prefer to explore natural remedies and supplements to deal with anxiety and induce calm. Oils, lotions, sprays and tinctures like those you can find here can help to make us feel relaxed, but it is important to seek advice before you try new treatments, add supplements to your diet or combine natural remedies with medical treatments, such as drugs.
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Spending time outside
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of escaping the office or leaving the house after a long day of virtual meetings and feeling the sun or the cold snap of the wind on your skin. Spending time outdoors is proven to reduce stress and boost your mood. It is particularly beneficial to get out into the fresh air if you’re feeling overwhelmed or you’re working long hours in the same environment. Taking breaks and getting out can help you clear your mind and increase productivity.
Adopting a bedtime routine
It’s common to associate bedtime routines with children, but adults can also benefit from sticking to a regime in the evenings. Take time to unwind and relax, set yourself a bedtime that allows you to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night and make sure your bedroom provides a tranquil, soothing environment. Avoid stress triggers late at night, cut down on caffeine and leave devices out of the bedroom.
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Stress is incredibly common, with studies suggesting that levels of stress are higher than ever. If you feel like stress is getting the better of you, start taking steps to relax and prioritize self-care. Take time out, exercise regularly, adopt a bedtime routine and consider using natural remedies to induce calm and serenity.