Have you ever felt heaviness in your shoulder? The one where it’s like you were lifting cinder blocks all day long. Do you also frequently feel fatigued, along with muscles aches, low immune system and unexplainable stomach upsets?
These are just some of the effects that stress has on our bodies. In extreme cases, people even develop anxiety, which can be debilitating for some. Though medications are indeed effective, all of us still need to find a way to release all of the overload in our bodies, in a natural manner. Here’s some of our favourite solutions that will help make letting go of those bad energies and stress much easier.
The scent of lavender can easily promote a calming effect to our bodies. Research shows that it helps people get into the state ‘slow wave’ (deep sleep) state easier, while increasing the duration of time they spend in it as well. All you have to do is about 5 drops of lavender oil in your bath, or diffuse a couple of drops of it into the air. You can also use 2-3 drops of it on a tissue paper, then put it under your pillow to help with your sleep.
Kava root is probably considered as one of the most effective herbal supplements for stress and anxiety. This claim is even backed up by research that shows it can alleviate symptoms of sleeplessness, restlessness and muscle tension. You can buy a concentrated extract of it in tablet, or capsule form, or opt for the liquid form which is less pleasant to the taste.
Chamomile is known to calm those who feel jittery and restless. It helps relax muscles, promote better sleep (effectively in treating insomnia), reduce anxiety and calm the nervous sytem. Aside from that, it also helps with digestion and can reduce the frequency of headaches.
Theanine, or L-Theanine, is an amino acid which is primarily found in black and green tea. It’s popular with tea enthusiasts thanks to the calming effect that it has. When ingested, theanine is known to be readily absorbed by our bodies, and can easily cross the “blood-brain barrier,” enabling it to quickly reach brain cells. Once there, it works its magic and boosts cognitive function, support brain health and promote calmness.
Lemon balm is a lemon-scented herb that hails from the same family as mint. People have been traditionally consuming lemon balm to improve cognitive function and mood throughout time. Drinking it in tea form will help relieve anxiety, stress and a number of other mood disorders. It can also boost cognitive function, ease insomnia, aid in treating nausea plus much more.
Looking for a herb that will help treat your insomnia and anxiety? Then try out the valerian herb. It is one of the most popular remedies for promoting peace and tranquility in a person’s body. Research shows that it can also reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms. You can drink its roots by making it into a tea or use it as a food supplement in capsule or pill form.
Last, but not least, is exercise. Exercise prompts our bodies to release chemicals called endorphins which gives us a positive feeling and helps to lift our mood. 30 minutes worth of exercise a day can have an amazing effect and can decrease levels of depression, stress and anxiety.
Letting go of anxiety and stress naturally is super effective but it does require patience, a practice of self-care, a habit of eating nutritiously and creating time to exercise regularly. Self-care and self-discipline is the best to let go of the negative energies inside us.