All of us encounter stress at some point in our lives. And it needn’t necessarily be a negative thing. Indeed, a little stress can bring out the best in us at work and at home. It can prevent you from becoming complacent or reactive. It can help to focus your mind and sharpen your senses. It can help you to draw on reserves of energy and knowledge that you never knew you had. Over time, however, your stress can become chronic… and that’s when you start to get into serious trouble. Stress can have potentially fatal health consequences. It can lead you to live in a state of near-constant inflammation, increasing your risk of hypertension, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.
What’s more, after a stressful day, we can often turn to distinctly unhealthy forms of stress relief. We can become overly reliant on cigarettes, alcohol or even compulsive behaviors like gambling or comfort-shopping. Here, we’ll look at some healthy ways to mitigate stress…
Let plants into your life
There are many different ways in which plants can naturally relieve stress, whether you have more of them on your plate at dinner time, grow them in your garden or use thc distillate. There are lots of natural tinctures like St. John’s Wort which are also known for their natural ability to ease stress and anxiety. The very presence of plants in your home or garden can help relieve stress. Not only is the act of looking after them therapeutic, they oxygenate your space and imbue it with a feeling of serenity and calm.
Clean up your diet, and get more B vitamins
Speaking of putting more good stuff on your plate, did you know that B vitamins play a key role in helping our bodies counteract the effects of stress? While some B vitamins are abundant in the plant world, vitamin B12 (which is responsible for maintaining healthy cells) is notoriously difficult to find in the plant world, making it hard for vegetarians and vegans to get enough. That said, most omnivores don’t get enough B12 either, so make sure you take a B12 supplement to help your body to manage stress effectively.
Make time for mindfulness meditation
The idea of meditation may not be hugely appealing to you. But once you get into the habit, it can prove extremely effective in helping you to manage the effects of stress, and getting some much-needed perspective on your stressors. Mindfulness meditation only takes a few minutes, and you don’t need to twist yourself into a pretzel shape to do it. You can do it on your lunch break, while relaxing in your garden or even in the car.
Pump some iron
Finally, one of the best ways to relieve stress is through rigorous physical exercise. Pump some iron, punch the heck out of a bag or take yourself for a jog around the neighborhood as the sun rises. Exercise floods the brain with feel-good chemicals like dopamine and endorphins, boosting your mood, relaxing your muscles, and helping your stress to melt away.