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How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety Naturally

Updated on May 18, 2015

Kava - An herbal remedy that is great for stress relief

Here is a picture of the Kava Plant, a well known remedy that promotes relaxation and fights stress
Here is a picture of the Kava Plant, a well known remedy that promotes relaxation and fights stress

Dealing with the Stress in life and Relieving Your Anxiety

These days, everyone is stressing about something in life. Whether it be your obligations or having a busy lifestyle full of tasks, it tends to get the best of us by getting us stressed out. Over time, stress can have a profound effect on our body and even our mental health. Stress and anxiety has been linked to aging faster, its even been linked as a factor of balding and hair loss. Stress can make you age faster as well as manipulate our attitude and optimism in life. The good news is there are lots of ways to cure stress, relieve anxiety and provide relief from feeling Overwhelmed. There are tons of remedies for times when your feeling overwhelmed- some of these remedies include Physical exercise such as working out, jogging, yoga, meditation and other exercises that help us balance out mental attitude.

Have you ever heard that the muscles in your mouth work much harder when your frowning or not smiling, and our facial muscles are much more relaxed when we smile. Its true, many people agree, when your smiling it just feels good, and because it feels good, it requires less energy for our body to smile as opposed to frowning. When you are not stressed out, your more relaxed than when you are actually stressed and anxious. Most of us don't think about it this way, but when you really think about the times when you feel exhausted and impatient, its usually because you are in a bad mood or drained from being mentally exhausted.


Kava Root Picture

This is what Kava kava root looks like
This is what Kava kava root looks like

Coping with the Stress in Daily Life

There are a lot of things you can do to cope with the daily stress that your mind and body endures. Many of them should come naturally but if you've been working too hard, we tend to block out the signals that our body is telling us. But before I say anymore, lets get straight to the subject of things you can do to help relieve anxiety and stress in your daily life. Our body is like a machine, it needs certain things to help it run smoothly. Much like the engine in a car, that needs oil and gas, our body needs nutrients and is not functioning optimally when we are malnourished or when we have not had enough rest.

Things you can do to fight stress and anxiety

- Limit your Caffeine Intake: Research has shown that caffeine commences our fight or flight response which is the body's natural survival response in dramatic situations. Its part of our nature and instinct to know what to do when someone throws a rock at us, or insults us to our face, we immediately defend ourselves. That is a specific example of how our body reacts in a fight or flight response. Caffeine increases certain chemicals in our body that make us tense, prevent us from sleeping, and also tends to keep us quite hyperactive, which ends up making us feel overwhelmed at the end of the day. One of those chemicals is Cortisol, Cortisol is a chemical that tends to be more prevalent in our bodies during times of extreme stress, and having excess caffeine also raises cortisol levels, Cortisol has also been linked to many different diseases which would explain why you are more likely to become ill or have a lower immunity during times of feeling overwhelmed.  Avoiding caffeine can be a great aid when it comes to stress relief.

- Sleep is Important- Just like a battery, we need to let our body recharge when we feel exhausted. Sleep is a very important remedy for stressful times, it helps balance the chemicals in our body, helps us to think more clearly and efficiently. When we lack sleep our body is not running 100%, this can have a profound effect on our immunity, our energy, our attitude, and overall our entire outlook on life's tasks. Everyone should be getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep, and if your an adolescent or teenager, research shows that you need even more sleep during your growing years. When we sleep our body replenishes hormones and chemicals like serotonin which is a natural anti-depressant and sleep aid.

- Avoid or Limit Alcohol use- Alcohol is a depressant and many people look to alcohol to relieve stress or treat depression. Alcohol only makes this worse and inhibits the production of chemicals in our body that fight depression and stress. Alcohol may make you forget about your problems and obligations in the short run, but in the long run, your problems and obligations will only stack up and continue to overwhelm you and increase Stress related anxiety. Drinking alcohol also inhibits our bodies ability to absorb vital nutrients that are necessary to sustain a healthy body, mentally and physically.

- Nutrition: Nutritious Foods that help your body combat stress. There are tons of foods out there that help to combat stress and promote relaxation. To minimize the effects of stress, its necessary to maintain a high protein, high fat diet (healthy fats not saturated fats) filled with Omega - 3 nutrients, and proteins that contain adequate amounts of amino acids. It is equally important to have a diet that is sufficient in vitamins and minerals that are needed to maintain regulate and balance the communication between the brain and body. Some great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are wild salmon, sardines, and other fatty fish. Omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to making us feel happier and maintaining a better mood. Omega 3 fatty acids are also linked to improved balance and short term memory as well as a tendency to help people lose weight.

The best sources of protein include, fish, cornish game hens, turkey, lamb, chicken, beef, buffalo, shellfish and milk. Protein intake is extremely important for our cells and is essential for the growth and maintenance of the brain. Protein has a tendency to produce hormones that keep us balanced and it also benefits our immune system and adrenal glands. Remember to emphasize quality proteins rather than just massive quantities of any source of protein. Some good sources of protein include Almonds, black walnuts, mackerel, orgainic non lean animal meat like beef and lamb.

The Power of B-Complex Vitamins for coping with Stress related Anxiety and Depression related illness is substantial. B Vitamins play a major role in regulating stress and helping us deal with stress related illnesses. Foods that are rich in B-Complex Vitamins include Dark Green Leafy Vegetables. It is true that all B Vitamins are important for managing stress, but Vitamin B3 proves to be the happy vitamin, Vitamin B5 provides adrenal gland support and B12 supports the central nervous system of the gut and brain which helps to regulate our mood and attitude.

There are other proteins that are extremely important for a healthy state of mind and they also help keep your emotions balanced during Stress Therapy. L- Tryptophan acts as a natural anti-depressant to advance the serotonin level of the brain and also aids in maintaining a positive outlook. L- Tyrosine helps to regulate our moods and also plays a role in regulating the metabolism and function of the adrenal and thyroid glands. Some foods that are rich in L-tyrosine include foods such as almonds, avocados, bananas and raw dair products. L- Glutamine is another important amino acid that helps to fuel the body and improve brain function. When we are deficient in L-Glutamine, our body will begin to pull this protein from our muscles which will cause fibromyalgia type symptoms. Last but not least, DL- phenylalanine is important because it works with glutamine to support dopamine and norepinephrine, the two nutrients essential for keeping out brain alert, stabilizing our moods and maintaining a healthy memory. Some good sources of DL-phenylalanine are dark green leafy vegetables, goats milk, summer squash, onions, and broccoli.

For hundreds of other strategies and Remedies that help you to naturally relieve stress, you can get more information in the link below


Exercise helps to fight stress and improve your mood

Research indicates that people who work out often have a much more balanced attitude in life. Exercise and working out has proven to be a very effect strategy to fighting stress and anxiety. Not only is it scientifically proven to increase our moods, it speeds up our metabolism, increases our energy and helps us to be more productive mentally and physically.

If I could share a personal experience: I feel a need to work out at least three times a week, otherwise i feel overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. Although this is not always the case, I definitely do feel an imbalance in life that I feel I need to correct. This stress related imbalance improves after I workout and I have noticed a dramatic difference in my attitude when I am leaving the gym. I can only describe it as an increase in your self confidence, a profound attitude of feeling good about yourself, and at the same time feeling very healthy. In fact, Science has proven that certain chemicals like endorphins are released when we exercise, Endorphins play a crucial role in our mental health and allow us to feel good. When our brain is producing and releasing healthier amounts of endorphins, we naturally feel happier. Therefore it is essential to exercise on a regular basis to maintain a healthy state of mind and maintain mental health.

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    • Entourage_007 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stuart 

      3 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Thank you for the support, I really appreciate the compliments. I know these tips worked for me.

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      jennyjenny 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      Great Hub! I'm gonna put a link to it on one of my hub pages! Great Info & research! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Entourage_007 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stuart 

      8 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      I read some great Information on Kava Root, it has been reported to be a great stress reliever and works great for reducing anxiety as well. I usually have it before bed the day before an exam because it helps me relax. I also recommend taking kava as tea as opposed to using it as a supplement. It just seems healthier, because its less processed. Kava is definitely effective when it comes to promoting relaxation and easing tension that's caused from stress.

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