10 ways to reduce stress naturally

According to the Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey 2013, Australians reported significantly higher levels of stress and distress compared with findings in 2012 and 2011. Whilst stress is commonly perceived as a normality, excessive amounts have a probability of negatively impacting many facets of your life, including career, home, relationships, physical and psychological health.

For these reasons, we’ve listed our most favourable tips that’ll assist you in the prevention and minimization of your stress. It’s our opinion that a life lower in stress is a life richer in health and happiness (and that’s important, right?).

1. Work-out.

Exercise is one of the most effective stress relievers due to the associated release of endorphins (the body’s feel-good hormone). So if you only have enough time for one thing, be sure to incorporate a physical routine into your day. 30 minutes is all you’ll need, that’s a very minor chunk of your day!

2. Talk.

Two approaches are possible with this solution. Firstly you can try talking to a friend. A reassuring voice, or wise piece of advice, will help put everything back into perspective. A little laughter amongst friends will lower stress hormones and also strengthen the immune system by releasing health-enhancing hormones. That’s a double-whammy in the feel-good field!

Secondly, if the stress is becoming too much a psychologist can equip you with techniques to manage your stress. It’s amazing sometimes how much telling your story to a complete stranger can actually help and then, further to that, you can walk away with tools you can use to better stay on top of your stress.

3. Book a Massage.

A massage treatment will ease body tension, minimise the production of stress hormones, decrease heart rate and lower blood pressure whilst simultaneously increasing the production of endorphins. Massage produces a result of ultimate relaxation that will assist in making chronic or acute stress easier to overcome.

4. Organise yourself.

Prepare yourself to a point where you’ll feel no need to be stressed. Look forward and organize your schedule accordingly, allowing an appropriate amount of time for each aspect of your life. It’s vital that you try to implement a plan that will create a healthy work/life balance.

5. Yoga & Meditation.

A deep breathing/relaxed pose combo will work magically on reducing your stress. Additionally, the associated silence will cause a greater feeling of relaxation and wellbeing.

6. Acupuncture.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, stress interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. Via the insertion of acupuncture needles, theses interruptions will be addressed, and stress symptoms will be alleviated. Furthermore, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals.  The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

7. Drink tea.

Specifically green tea! Tea contains Theanine, an amino acid that has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system.

8. Eat dark chocolate.

Research has proven that dark chocolate reduces the stress hormones within the human body. The perfect excuse to hit up the local supermarket for a block of chocolate!

9. Maintain proper nutrition.

Stress levels and nutrition are closely related. Our suggestions; a diet consisting predominantly of fruits and vegetables is always a fantastic rule to follow. Also, if possible, the inclusion of fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids will contribute towards the minimisation of stress symptoms. For the absolute best nutrition advice for your circumstances though, there are none better than our dietitians.

10. Dance!

Turn on some tunes and get moving! Switch your body off from serious-mode and straight on to dance-mode.  Playing music whilst you dance will positively enhance the brain and the body. As for dancing; has anyone ever not felt amazing whilst doing so? We didn’t think so.

There you have it, the Health Place Top Ten List of ways to get those stress hormones down to a minimal level.