5 Natural Ways To Relax

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Life can be crazy! If you’re trying to find a way to wind down without having to worry about pharmaceutical side effects, try a few of these natural ways to relax. Remember, whenever possible, find a way to eliminate the source of the stress. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call or a good night’s rest to put your heart at ease.

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5 Natural Ways to Relax And De-stress

#1. Practice yoga

Woman practicing yoga in nature

Honestly, I made fun of the yoga world for a long time before I finally caved in and tried it during a really stressful point in my life. It absolutely blew my mind how I could calm down so much and work through a lot of the things I was worried about in under an hour.

If you’re looking for a class to help soothe anxiety, look for a slower-paced class like Hatha or a meditation group.

#2. Natural supplements

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There are many great herbal supplements on the market that can help a ton with stress and tension. I take Calm Now a blend of hawthorn, ashwagandha, rhodiola rosea, B vitamins and a host of other stress-relieving components.

There are tons of other products on the market that will help as well: valerian root and melatonin can make a big difference if you’re having a hard time sleeping. Do your research and always make sure that you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients in your supplement of choice.

#3. Sleep on a consistent schedule

Your body is actually a very sensitive machine, and if you’re not taking care of yourself properly, your hormones can go haywire and throw your emotions all over the place. And THAT will be stressful (here are 5 easy and effective ways to de-stress)  and won’t let you sleep.

If possible:

  • have a consistent sleep schedule (a good sleeping routine will change your life for the better)
  • don’t fall asleep with the TV or lights on (actually, turn the TV off a couple hours before bed and read a good book)
  • get up at the same time every day

You’ll be feeling a lot more rested and in control of your life.

#4. Start running

People running

If you’ve got a friend that’s into running, you’ve probably heard of the “Runners High.” There really is such a thing! When you get your body moving, it releases endorphins that can majorly boost your mood and outlook on life.

If like me, you’re weren’t born athletic, don’t be afraid to start small. It takes time and effort to be able to run miles without stopping. It’s silly to judge yourself based on others that have been into running since childhood. Get some comfortable shoes and get running!

Running shoes

Don’t run in your regular shoes. That’s a sure way to get hurt and give up to early.  But a good pair of running shoes and you’ll be prepared to take on the world.

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#5. Eat healthy

Chemicals like MSG can trigger all kinds of strange reactions – if I eat more than a few bites of anything containing it, I’m guaranteed to have bizarre, scary dreams.

It’s different for everyone, but as a rule of thumb, processed foods aren’t going to be doing you any favors. And if you’re already stressed, the best thing you can do is eat as healthily as possible.

Start your day with a healthy breakfast, have healthy snacks in the house (so you don’t reach out to just food), and eat a wholesome dinner.

Here are some good, healthy snacks for those days when you just need a quick pick me up, or don’t have the time and energy to cook a healthy meal.

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