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Natural Ways to Cope with Stress

Stress is all around you. It’s in your job. It’s in your lifestyle. To put it simply, stress is a part of life. It’s everywhere. Now, don’t let this idea freak you out. Stress can be good for you, if you take the right perspective on it. For instance, stress is supposed to keep you alive. It stems from fight or flight responses you brain gives your body. But, for most people, stress isn’t used in a positive way. It’s mainly seen as a bad thing.

So, if you’re having trouble controlling your stress and using it in a positive way, maybe you can be on your way to doing so by first reducing some of it. There are many natural ways that you can do this. Sure, medicine works great, but natural methods may help you more.

Exercise/Yoga

There’s a laundry list of way that exercise helps your mind and body. However, the point you want to focus on to reduce stress is how exercise can help you relax. Exercise frees your mind. It gets your blood flowing and allows you to challenge yourself. Exercise helps you forget your problems and allows you to escape for an hour or so.

A fantastic partner to exercise is yoga. Yoga focuses more on the mind-body connection. It has some of the positives of exercise, but hones in on the peacefulness of the mind and body together.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This sounds complicated, but it’s not. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on your mind and the way you perceive events. Some people would compare this type of therapy to positive thinking. While positive thinking is a part of it, you should focus more on being grateful and reshaping your perspective on events around you.

For example, let’s say you are having trouble at work. You may want to think your life is horrible and there’s no escape from it. If this is your line of thinking, then CBT could help you. CBT would tell you to reframe this event. Your job may not be as bad as you think. You can always put resumes out there and try to get a new job. CBT is a life saver and should be used a lot if you find yourself stressing about things in your life such as jobs, family, society, etc. It’s always important to try and keep your mind and body connected.

Decorate Your Bedroom with Lavender

Scents can have an astounding effect on your body and mind. In some people, specific scents can bring back a flood of memories from a certain time. In general, lavender is a scent that has been shown to relieve stress. It lowers your blood pressure and can help you drift off to sleep. Putting this scent in your bedroom will create a sense of relaxation whenever you enter your room. Who wouldn’t want to feel relaxed every time they walked into their bedroom?

Get Sunlight

Depending on where you live, sunlight may either be easy to get or you may have to wait months before you see the light of day. If you can, try to get sunlight every day. If you can set a goal for getting 15 minutes a day of sunshine, you’ll start to feel the stress leave your body. But, how does this work?

Vitamin D is the vitamin you get from sunlight. As you get more Vitamin D, symptoms for things such as depression begin to decrease. It’s a proven method that is easy for most of the people in the world. So, the next time you’re complaining that it’s too hot outside, turn it into a positive. Remember, you’re relieving stress!

Take a Bath

This is one of the most common ways people deal with stress. Yet, people may not know that science backs them up when they say baths wash the stress away. Baths do a lot of things for the body. Besides helping relax exhausted muscles and cleaning your body, the act of the bath itself mimics the womb. You’re in a safe area and all cocooned up. It’s warm and nothing bad can happen. If you want, you can add some lavender to the bath and help you relieve the stress even more.

Keep a Journal

Ever feel like you need to get your emotions out, but you just can’t find the right way to do it? If you don’t feel comfortable talking to other people about your problems, you can always journal. It doesn’t have to be in a specific way, either. If you want, you can write in broken sentences and misspell. The important thing is that your feelings are going somewhere and aren’t being bottled up inside. Even if you’re not super stressed, you may be surprised at how good it feels to jot some words down on paper.

This list doesn’t compile all the ways in which you can naturally deal with stress. However, these can serve as a guide on your journey to stress relief.

About the author: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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