Lifestyle changes to reduce stress and anxiety

Lifestyle changes to crush anxiety

Are you ready to be happier?

There are many ways to beat anxiety and stress by simply changing certain parts of your lifestyle.

With so much uncertainty around us these days, many of us are feeling extra anxious. While there are natural supplements and minerals you can take, there are also things you can physically do to calm your mind and body.

Exercise

You hear it all the time: exercise. It isn’t just good for your heart and your waistline. Whether you’re walking 10 minutes every day or jumping on the elliptical for 45 minutes three times a week, it’s important to get moving.

Lifestyle-changes-to-reduce-stress-and-anxietyAny time you feel that physical discomfort from exercising hard, it takes your mind off your stress.

Plus, when you exercise, your body releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling throughout your body, and with regular exercise, you’re bound to feel more self-confident because you'll look your best.

Fresh air is great for your mental health! You can burn calories and get fresh air gardening too.

Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy devices help your body absorb natural light without the damaging UV rays. Wavelengths of natural light penetrate your skin and your cells to help your body create the energy it needs.

Natural health benefits from red light therapy include:

  • Relief from pain and inflammation
  • Muscle recovery
  • Better sleep
  • Stress and anxiety reduction

You can “charge” your cells in about 15 minutes per day.

Herbal Tea

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Drinking tea regularly is a great way to add a dose of calm into your life.

With comforting scents and herbs that can help reduce anxiety and stress, teas like chamomile can not only warm you up on a cold day but also brighten your mood.

Meditation

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Do you meditate?

The practice of meditating involves sitting in a quiet place. You close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

The point is to be in stillness and not thinking or worrying about anything.

Experts say meditating just 30 minutes a day can help you lower your anxiety level.

Journaling

Get a notebook or even some loose-leaf paper. Grab a pen and write.

When you are journaling, you can write whatever comes to your mind, kind of like a stream of consciousness.

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Sometimes issues that are worrying you will come to the forefront of your mind. Then you can write out all your thoughts until you come to a resolution.

Another great practice for journaling is to write down what you are grateful for every day. You can choose just 3 things that you’re thankful for and describe them in detail.

When you begin your day feeling grateful and happier, it’s harder for stress and anxiety to creep in.

Time With Animals

Did you know that petting animals can actually lower your heart rate?

A recent study even found that when people who couldn’t have furry pets due to allergies took care of crickets, their stress was reduced due to being with the insects!

Lavishing love on a pet can make you happy.

I'd love to know what some of your natural stress reducers are. Leave a comment below!

To your health,

Dr. Laura

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