Mental Health

Simple And Effective Remedies Against Chronic Stress

The year has just started but the world is already witnessing major issues that affect thousands to millions of people, such as climate change, the coronavirus outbreak and Australia’s bushfires. These issues put many lives at risk and also have indirect effects on people far from affected areas.

Simply hearing the news about people dying from the coronavirus or the animals killed by the fire in Australia can cause stress. The body can handle low levels of stress but if it becomes chronic or long term, serious health problems may occur. 

Some of the common effects of chronic stress include disrupted sleep, poor immune system and changes in the digestive, reproductive and cardiovascular systems. It is important to manage stress early before it leads to complications. 

This article explores the best ways to deal with stress and prevent its negative effects. 

Drink Tea  

Studies showed the people who regularly consumed either black or green tea have lower cortisol levels and could recover from stress more quickly

Other hot drinks made from herbs also offer stress-relieving effects. Other options for your tea include peppermint, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, ginseng, turmeric and passionflower, according to mindbodygreen

Aromatherapy 

You can use your sense of smell to reduce your stress levels. The olfactory nerve, which connects the nose to the brain, helps in the functions of the parasympathetic nervous system.

When exposed to the smell of certain essential oils, the olfactory nerve temporarily stops sending signals to the brain. This then gives a calming effect on the brain and the rest of the body. 

Some of the common oils used for aromatherapy and stress relief are lavender essential oil, ylang ylang, lemon, clary sage, bergamot, chamomile, jasmine, sweet basil, holy basil and frankincense. 

Be More Physically Active

Exercise offers various health benefits. One is better mental health. 

Increased physical activity boosts the production of endorphins in the brain, which give the “feel good” effect. Higher levels of the chemicals help decrease tension and improve mood, sleep and self-esteem.

Yoga

Many people in India use yoga as mind and body medicine. The practice has been linked to better functions of the nervous system, balanced hormones and improved nerve impulses, which all help reduce stress levels.

Avoid or Reduce Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine is known for its effects that improve alertness, mood and exercise performance. However, high consumption could increase cortisol levels throughout the day and disrupt sleep time and quality, which can contribute to stress.

Green tea Green tea provides good amounts of L-theanine, a water-soluble amino acid that helps promote relaxation and reduce levels of stress. Pixabay

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