Article contributed by Aimée Pranava Tañón
There are few among us who can admit that the craziness of everyday life has resulted in feeling stressed out at some point or another. With juggling social pressures, family life with ever-increasing work responsibilities — the pressure to keep up with demanding schedules are at an all-time high. For many of us, this means managing stress that can sometimes take over our day causing us physical and emotional impact that will affect our overall health. In an effort to heal this stress, some turn to medications to ease their symptoms and keep their thoughts focused. But for others, a commitment to natural stress relief can mean tackling stress without a dependency on pills.
Natural stress relief comes in many forms and what must first be understood is that what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Just as our stress differs, so does the ways in which we relieve it. But it is rare that one form or another of natural stress relief will not work for someone. The key is to make yourself a priority and take care of yourself and even if it ís just fifteen minutes a day. But for some, keeping that commitment can be a lot more difficult than it sounds.
Most often, a holistic approach is the best form of natural stress relief. This many include a combination of yoga, meditation, healthy eating and periodic massage. Yoga, meditation. and massage have been shown to reduce stress, lower heart rate, and even lower blood pressure. Sign up for a monthly unlimited card at your local yoga studio, hire a health coach, and make a standing appointment for a massage or whatever combination most appeals to you for at least once a month. This may sound like an extravagant luxury but how much does a massage cost in comparison to the cost of ongoing medication?
Yoga in itself has been proven to be a significant form of natural stress relief. Sometimes, simply turning off the day and focusing on yourself for an hour can make all the difference in the world. Not only does exercise benefit you physically but it benefits you emotionally as well; this comes from the release of worries while you also release adrenalin and endorphins ñ natural hormones that reduce stress and ease the body.
For others, meditation fits the bill when it comes to natural stress relief. Taking a moment or several minutes in which you sit quietly with your own thoughts, and nothing else, can be enormously relaxing. Of course, meditation is actually a learned skill so in order to learn how to clear you mind you may need some initial instruction.
Additionally, some people find that acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic work all help in alleviating stress. Ultimately it is up to you to find the thing that brings you comfort and joy and provides you with a reprieve from the outside world.
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Aimée Pranava Tañón, CHC/AADP, MBA, PMP, Prosci
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