Did you know that May is National Women’s Health Month? It’s true. And it’s a great time to make your health a priority and understand steps that you can take to improve your overall health and well-being. An important step to improving health and well-being is to reduce your stress levels. As much as we don’t like it, stress is a very common occurrence and can build up over time if you don’t find a technique to help relieve it. While it might seem overwhelming at times, it’s important to remember that it is manageable. Once you’ve found a few things that can help you reduce your stress levels, it is much easier to manage everyday stressors as well as the biggies that can take our breath away.
Things That Can Help You Reduce Your Stress Levels
For me, my first line of defense against feeling stressed is prayer. I don’t stop there though because there are a variety of ways to reduce stress.
Take Quality Supplements
One way to manage stress levels is to take quality supplements. Ron Beckenfeld started Superior Source MicroLingual® in 1998 after his Dad developed Parkinson’s. The condition led to difficulty swallowing, and his dad asked him why he couldn’t take vitamins that were small and dissolved like his nitroglycerin tabs, which he used for a heart condition, did. He started with the B-12 quick dissolving tablet his love for health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, and the need for a healthy and better life has led him to continue to create new products to help all reach their health goals.
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- Biotin – Biotin helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, promotes nail and hair strength and supports cell growth.
- Mushroom Infusion – Sleep – This powder supplement is formulated with a variety of mushrooms (Reishi, Lion’s Mane & Chaga) plus L-Theanine, 5-HTP, GABA, and Melatonin that helps promote relaxation and sleep.*
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If you’ve been around long at all, you know that I am a big fan of essential oils. There are many uses for essential oils. Essential oils are used in many places around the world and are one of the best natural ways to relieve stress. Some types can be applied to the skin, and others diffused into the air. Currently, the most popular scents for stress include lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, and jasmine. However, there are many different options. One of my all time favorites is Hinoki oil. I’m no expert, so I do research on any new oils I want to try.
Plants are wonderful little things and can have a great impact on our mental health! Experts say that taking care of a plant promotes the same reaction as taking care of a pet, which can reduce anxiety and improve an individual’s sense of calmness. On top of that, they also clean the indoor air, making your home a happier and healthier place. Oh, and fun little planters, like the one above, make plants a decorative element that will make you smile!
Weighted blankets are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society, with some people claiming they can’t live without them. The heavy weight of each blanket, usually created with glass beads or pellets, simulates a hug, to help calm down stressed and anxious individuals. It’s also said to work exceptionally well for people that struggle to sleep at night and those with restless leg syndrome. Some even have minky fabric, which is incredibly soothing, too. Their popularity means that prices are much more reasonable than they once were.
Adult Coloring Book
Sometimes, the best way to avoid stress, or de-stress, is to spend some time in a different world. Adult coloring books are a great way to do this, as they focus your attention away from your worries. Art therapy has been used for generations, so it’s easy to see why this can be such an effective method to minimize stress. I have a collection of adult coloring books, and love them.
White Noise Machine
For some people, stress is caused by certain sights or sounds. This could be because of PTSD related to a traumatic experience or mental health illness. A white noise machine can help you block out these specific sounds so that you can relax your mind. Not only that, but experts say it can even make you more productive and, of course, help you sleep easier at night. White noise machines have come a LONG way. Now they’re portable and even have Bluetooth speakers in them!
While it might look frightening, an acupressure mat is another very popular item to help reduce stress. The pressure caused by the individual points can help you release endorphins to help relax your mind and body. It’s also recommended for sore back muscles.
By finding the right thing that works for you, you should be able to reduce your stress. Everyone is different, so take the time to monitor the impact these items have on your stress levels. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, it can also be worthwhile speaking to your doctor. There’s no shame in asking for more help. You want to get the most out of life, and managing your stress will help you do that!