Stress can be terrifying. Stress comes in many shapes and forms. You may have experienced driving in rush hour traffic and someone suddenly cuts you off. Those feelings of wishing to flip a salute or even retaliate by forcing them off the road are your reactions to stress.
When you have that sickening feeling in your stomach upon hearing the news that someone close to you has fallen very ill or been involved in a serious accident you are having a natural stress reaction. You can also have stress for wonderful happy reasons like; you just won the lottery, a new baby, a major purchase, a decision to move your residence and when you accept a new job.
Natural Stress Relief Herbs
This herb is great for normalising adrenal and other bodily functions; it helps the body increase its energy levels, works as an anti-inflammatory and promotes energy. Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory properties that are extremely useful in times of stress because excess stress can be responsible for systemic inflammation.
If one of your symptoms of stress is having trouble sleeping (insomnia), this herb is a good natural stress relief because it is known to soothe the nerves and it has sedating effects too. This herb should be used before bedtime so that you can get a better night's sleep.
This herb is a big fat YES! For stress relief. This herb has many benefits which are:
- Fights mental fatigue
- Strengthens the body's nervous system
- Relieves depression, tiredness and anxiety
- Increases energy
- Increases resistance to stress
- Reduces lethargy and irritability
This herb is quite popular with herbal remedy users because it contains relaxing properties. This herb is mostly found in herbal teas, a cup of this herbal brew is a sure way to relieve anxiety, nervousness and restlessness (all classic symptoms of stress). It also has sedating properties too which promotes a blissful sleep.
This herb is yet another popular and stress fighting herb. It helps to reduce fatigue, it boosts memory. This herb is also known for boosting the immune system so that the body can fight off illnesses. However it is advised that Siberian Ginseng and Rhodiola Rosea should not be used at the same time.
Work out / exercise
Lite to moderate exercise the experts agree at least 10 minutes a day is all we need to help us live longer and relief tensions in our day. It can be hard to find the time, but it is well worth it and if you make the effort you will be pleased in more ways than one. The stress goes down and so does the numbers on your scale. This is a win, win and easily accomplished.
Massage is an age old remedy for the release of tension and stress. Relaxing strokes relax the muscles and calm the nerves, and it feels great. It's also good for getting rid of neck or back aches brought on by too much tightening of the muscles during periods of intense stress and anxiety.
Yoga is absolutely fantastic for mind and body. Not only will it give you better flexibility, the stretching moves help to lubricate the joints, tendons and ligaments in your body. Research has proven Yoga's effects on massaging internal organs, it even helps in the detoxification processes in the body. Performing slow deliberate moves has a calming effect on the mind.