Is your mind on the edge because of the excessive stress? If so, you’ll learn some simple ways to reduce your stress naturally.
Did you know constant worry and stress can affect virtually every organ on your body? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH ), prolonged stress on an individual may lead to more serious health concerns, including:
- Weakening of the immune system. This make you more susceptible to the flu, colds or other infections
- Upset stomach, ulcers and acid reflux
- Sleep problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Panic attacks
- Cardio-vascular problems
- Increase in blood sugar levels
- Irritable bowel problems
- High blood pressure
- Tension headaches or migraines
- Respiratory problems and heavy breathing
Reducing stress and worry is not only a function of what you do, but how you react. So let’s learn some simple ways to reduce stress and worry naturally.
Simple Stress Busters
- Stop reading or watching the news
While being informed about what is happening locally and globally is important, don’t become a “news junky”. During times of global issues, stay-at-home and shelter in place, it’s very easy to watch every minute of the news and read every article. However, make it a point to turn off your computer, your mobile phone and read a book at least a few moments during the day.
- Get a great night’s sleep
Your body rejuvenates itself while you are sleeping. During this time, your brain is sorting all of the information you learned during the day. Your nervous system, which is responsible for your “Fight or Flight” response is relaxing. Your blood pressure gets a change to relax, too.
One way to get a great nights sleep naturally is to enjoy a glass of tart cherry juice before bed. Did you know tart cherries are natures #1 source of naturally occurring Melatonin. It takes the juice of approximately 100 cherries to make just one ounce of the cherry juice concentrate. Simply mix one ounce of the concentrate with water and you’ll soon be snoozing like a baby.
- Stop Counting Calories
During a shelter in place situation, counting calories can be extra stressful. Instead of counting calories focus on eating healthier. Limit the amount of food you eat per serving and reduce your alcohol intake. Also, drink plenty of water, too.
- Get Some C and B’s
When we are stressed, our bodies crave vitamin C. This vital vitamin repairs and protects our cells and orange juice and wild blueberries are packed with it.
Drink a daily glass of orange juice and enjoy some frozen blueberries. If you can’t find the frozen ones, consider taking wild blueberry capsules. In fact, one study published by NCBI suggests the antioxidants found in blueberries may be useful for reducing anxiety.