Natural ways to beat stress

By Ashley Cameron |

I Quit Sugar - Natural ways to beat stress

Stress. It’s a normal part of life, right?

Well, yes and no. Although stress is a natural response when we’re faced with a challenge, extra pressure, demands or trauma, when it’s ongoing and we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope – it can lead to a whole host of health challenges.

In fact, stress has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, gut health issues and even Alzheimer’s…

With nearly three-quarters of Australians claiming that stress has some impact on their physical health too, it’s essential we all start to recognise the symptoms of stress and learn how to cope.

Yoga nidra.

Whether or not you’re a seasoned yogi already, if you’re feeling frazzled, it might be time to investigate yoga nidra. Essentially, this deeply restorative form of yoga is known as “psychic sleep”, a conscious form of deep meditation. Laying in total stillness, the practice guides you into deep relaxation. But, it’s not all woo-woo! Yoga nidra has been proven to help ease stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and even chronic pain.

Supplement wisely.

While research into supplements and their ability to reduce stress is ongoing, stress can throw our whole body out of whack. But depending on your symptoms, a simple supplement may help ease tension. If you suffer from insomnia due to stress, magnesium and melatonin supplements may be beneficial, or if work stress seems to be getting you down, try a complex B vitamin which has been shown to help ease symptoms and boost mood.

Get amongst nature.

Heard of ecotherapy? If not, it might be just the ticket when it comes to bringing about a sense of balance. Essentially ecotherapy, or “green” therapy as it’s sometimes known, is all about connecting with nature. Even if you’ve only got a few minutes a day, getting outside, enjoying a little sunlight on your skin and breathing in that fresh air will have you saying sayonara to stress in no time.

How else do you manage your stress levels? Let us know your tips in the comments below.

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