You know you’re supposed to calm down and take a few deep breaths when you’re feeling stressed out, but it can be hard to remember to do. Here are some natural remedies for stress that will help you deal with stress and anxiousness.
Natural Remedies for Stress
Child’s pose breathing is one of the most effective ways to calm down, Kulkarni says. The pose releases your abdomen and abdominal muscles, creating a sensation of fullness in your belly. For a deeper inhale, lift your chest and go deep into your chest, belly and back muscles. Any posture that releases the upper portion of your body is helpful for calming down. Your chest can be opened only with full breaths. Breathe in for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds, then repeat, building up into a 5-minute cycle.
Dr Sujay Kansagra, neurologist, licensed therapist and host of “The Sleep Doctor,” recommends this breathing technique anytime you feel anxious or stressed.
- Warm breath: Close your mouth and gently make a cross over your nose, as if you were blowing a kiss.
- Continent breath: Think of building a mountain, and focus on bringing your chest and belly in toward your spine, like you’re drawing in a bowstring.
- Deep breath: Continue breathing in and letting your belly and chest expand. Sing or hum a few breaths, concentrating on feeling the fullness in both your belly and chest.
Check out “Workout Routines” in the MyFitnessPal app to discover and log workouts or build your own with exercises that fit your goals.
If you’ve ever tried to push down a high-strung hill and then felt the stress affect your coordination and balance, it probably helped to take a break. Head out to some flat terrain and try to level out at first. If you find you need more support, try a standing desk.
Ease the Stress
Effective Tools for Calming Stress (MP3)
On this audio program, Dr Amen and Dr Cherewatenko discuss the effects of stress on the body, mind and spirit. Stress hurts our bodies, including our brains, and managing it seems more difficult than ever.
If you’re most stressed in the morning or evening, head to a scenic or quiet spot to stretch your legs. “A static stretching routine gets the blood flowing, releases the muscular tension and puts the body into parasympathetic recovery mode,” explains Mike Conklin, strength and conditioning coach of DECAMAN Athletics.
You can also try to lose the bike or laces and simply lean on your arms for added support during your cooldown.
Consider Nature’s Gym
If you work out in the early morning or late at night, go somewhere where you can get off the electric grid and away from the hustle and bustle. Spending some time in nature is a great way to focus and recharge. Try one of these outdoorsy gyms. They offer quiet and beautifully lit spaces to practice exercises like banded wall balls, air bikes and more.
The best solutions are simple natural remedies that you can employ at any time.
Become a Buddy
If you find yourself feeling stressed most days, make yourself a happy pillow. Get to know your pillow-making process, check the fabric for stretch marks or indications of how your mat chooses to feel during different sleeping positions. If you’re feeling brave enough, add a small or closed-loop valance (a decorative strip you make that runs across the back of your bed that provides a barrier between your skin and your pillow.