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6 Natural Ways to Kick Stress to the Curb

Nowadays, the word stress seems to be a common word in our daily conversations. In some cases, it is used as a badge of honor because it is assumed that the more a person takes on, the more successful they appear (or feel).

Although there is such a thing as good stress (for example when you are about the receive an awaited promotion at work), living in distress is not exactly beneficial for the mind or body (such as is the case when constantly living in a state of negativity).

So what are some simple and natural ways to relieve stress?

  1. L-theanine: an amino acid found in green tea leaves that helps increase brain waves which help relax the body and mind without the drowsy feeling.

  2. Herbal remedies: Ashwagandha helps reduce stress and anxiety as well as creates stress resistance. Echinacea angustifolia is also a stress reducer and helps with anxiety. Ocimum sanctum aka holy basil, has the ability to reduce stress and supports adrenal function, may interfere with blood thinners, so consult your doctor before adding to your day.

  3. B-complex vitamins: B Vitamins are essential for a health nervous system and help boost energy.

  4. Magnesium: Deficiency causes low serotonin levels which depress mood.

  5. Probiotics: Essential for our second brain, the gut, help balance the good and bad bacteria, which have a significant impact on mental health/emotional state.

  6. Essential oils: Lavender oil is one of the most relaxing oils when inhaled or used in massage. Lavender oil is known to decrease blood pressure and heart rate, creating a more relaxed state.

Source: Karen Morse, MPH.

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