How to Cope With Stress/Anxiety in 2020

by Ned Astilla 6 months ago in mental health

There are many alternative methods to dealing with stress and anxiety. Find out how

How to Cope With Stress/Anxiety in 2020

How Common is Stress

Stress is a very common emotion, and with a turn of a century more people are feeing the weight and impact of stress here in United States. It's probable you know someone you know struggles with stress or anxiousness in your life. The good news is there are multiple ways to help you with your struggle. There is hope.

Understanding Your Struggle

The first step to managing this emotion is understanding it. The more we know about something, the more empowered we feel when we experience it. Anxiousness is the body's response to perceived danger. In ancient times humans learned to survive dangers by recognizing them and responding to them; this occurs when the body went into a fight versus flight response. Unfortunately, when anxious feelings strike, for most of us it isn't a life or death situation. It can be as simple as someone potentially being disappointed in you, overwhelming noise in a crowded area, or receiving a new project from your boss.

Try Meditating

If you're not sure where to start when it comes to meditation, you might consider a guided meditation, audio online, or perhaps even an instructional yoga video. A great way to enhance your relaxation experience, and decrease stress is adding essential oils to your grounding routine. For example, copaiba oils to your grounding routine. For example, copaiba oils can help soothe those anxious feelings and stress. Try it while practicing yoga and experience the relaxing effects.

Mindful breathing is a key component of reducing stress. The empowering feature of mindfulness is that it does not necessarily focus on changing our thoughts, which can be so hard in those moments of stress. Mindfulness instead focuses on honoring those triggering thoughts and feelings of anxiousness, and then grounding yourself by means of meditation, journaling, or other grounding techniques.

Drink Some Relaxing Beverages

We all face at least some stress, whether it’s related to daily responsibilities like finances, work or school, it can influence our well-being and overall health. The body is designed to experience stress and react to it – it can be positive, like a job promotion or getting married, but it becomes negative when one is forced to face continuous challenges without getting to relax in between. That distress can not only worsen certain symptoms or diseases, it can lead to physical problems like headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, insomnia, stomach upset and more.

Kava, also known as kava-kava, has been used by Pacific Island cultures for centuries for its relaxing properties, as well as a part of religious rites and ceremonies. The root of the Piper methysticum plant is chewed, ground, or pulverized to make drinks or teas that can ease a person’s mind while maintaining clarity, offering temporary relief from anxiety, stress, and insomnia. After a stressful day at work/school drinking beverages that contain kava does wonders in helping reduce stress and anxiety.

Physical Activities Help You Emotionally

Both meditation and yoga can impact both the physical and emotional response to anxious feelings, whereas other grounding techniques or journaling, tend to tackle the emotional aspect. It is good to consider a mix of these coping options. Sometimes simply going out for a walk or exercising at the gym can relieve stress, and boost hormones such as serotonin or dopamine that not only help with stress, but other sad emotions as well. Music is also known to boost dopamine levels, so put on that fitness playlist and hit the gym!

There are many that could benefit from these techniques to help relieve stress in your life. While these techniques are helpful, it is recommended to see your doctor or a mental health professional as well, especially if your stress and anxiousness worsen.

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Ned Astilla
Ned Astilla
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Ned Astilla

I am a freelance writer all things fitness and travelling. I love to write about the experiences I've had in attaining my fitness goals as well as travelling around the world as a late 20's male.

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