Stress is part of life. The rush to catch the train or meet a presentation deadline is normal in our life. However, stress is good but only in reasonable doses. During the time of stress, the brain releases a hormone called cortisol. In normal doses, these hormones increase your heartbeat and create muscle tension. The idea is to give you an edge during strenuous activity such as running from an angry chicken.
Sustained stress is not suitable for the body. This is stress arising from negative interaction, relationship issues, a demanding boss, cares, worries of everyday life, etc. Sadly, this sort of stress takes its toll on the body. It creates a platform for developing several health issues like headaches, diabetes, obesity, irritability, muscle pain, depression, and fatigue.
The good news is, you can manage stress from the comfort of your home. There are simple activities you can do from your home to beat stress. This article will shed light on five of such actions:
1. Guided Imagery
There is a reason companies give yearly vacation to their employees. They know that time out from work, from the city’s hustling and bustling, is vital to their workers’ health. The idea is not to go on vacation but attempt a mental vacation.
This is the idea behind guided imagery – using positive mental images to influence how you feel. All you have to do is imagine yourself in a safe and happy place where you are not overwhelmed with the present world’s cares and worries. It could be a beach in Hawaii with the ocean waves caressing your skin or the Bahamas. You can do this with a recording, in which another voice will guide you through a serene environment. Do this once or twice a day to escape the stress.
2. CBD Oil
You can also use CBD oil as a home remedy to combat stress. The absence of THC creates a calming effect, which does not make users high. It is available online and offline without a prescription, as long as it is legal in your state. Many people have used CBD oil and testified of its effectiveness in staying calm in a stressful moment.
According to research, CBD can fight anxiety by regulating the endocannabinoid system, which becomes disoriented due to chronic stress. CBD also interacts with the serotonin receptors, the culprit behind stress and anxiety. The combination with these receptors produces a calm feeling, which, in turn, can reduce stress, anxiety, and panic. CBD can also be consumed in the form of baked edibles, or topically, in the form of balms and salves.
Inhaling some soothing essential oil or plant oils can have a direct effect on stress and anxiety. Aromatherapy has been proven to boost contentment, reduce cortisol levels, and bring down stress perception. It is a good option with few side effects.
For instance, lavender aromatherapy has been shown to reduce crying in infants, according to studies. It also fosters sleep in adults. Aromatherapy massage can reduce anxiety. A few examples of essential oil worth trying are rose essential oil, bergamot essential oil, Jasmine essential oil, Neroli essential oil, etc.