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Stress Stress Stress… Personally, we hear this word 20 times a day, at least! We’re all stressed, and we are constantly exposed to stressors: work, deadlines, rush, traffic jam.
The pupils dilate, and the heart beats fast to pump oxygen through the body so muscles respond instantly. The good news is that our body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Indeed, stress is the most common form of physiological reaction among humans and mammals worldwide, and in certain moments it helps us to survive! The bad news is: stress may be very dangerous!
Today, in our frantic and busy life, we all deal with stress and our bodies strive to adapt and keep balanced and healthy. It is important to know that a prolonged state of stress can have unpleasant consequences for our health, especially on the long run.
That’s why it is important to understand how to face and how to react to the stressors of our everyday life.
Here is the top list of the best methods to fight stress. We tried several remedies and these are our favorites: the first two are anti stress objects, to use at work, at home or every time you’re feeling stressed; the last two are natural remedies, extremely effective and self enhancing!
1. STRESS BALLS
Stress balls are probably one of the most popular remedies known against stress. They are cheap, immediate, and it is kid of funny!
When we get stressed our brain has to channels: a sensory channel made of sight, sound, smell and feel, and an Intellectual channel which elaborates the information and our feelings in that moment.
When we start squeezing the stress ball, our sensory channel focuses on something different than the stressor, and the intellectual channel relaxes our body and our mind.
In this sense, any other object with this function is useful!
The important thing is to focus your mind on something different, for a while… These remedies don’t guarantee a lasting remedy, unfortunately!
In this sense, the natural relievers could be of a little bit more of help.
2. ADAPTOGEN PLANTS
Adaptogen Plants are a class of herbs, roots, berries with adaptogenic properties: when taken over a period of time help our body to perform better under stress.
Specifically adaptogens help our body to adapt, and so to restore quickly our internal balance normalizing the body release of stress hormones.
Some of the most effective adaptogens against stress are Seabuckthorn, Lycium (or Goji berries) and Reishi. Those herbs increase the body resistance to stress!
Stress is a condition of threatened homeostasis (a set of regulated internal conditions that allow us to maintain balance), adaptogens’ active components make each cell of our body more intelligent dealing with stress and so to reduce the negative impact of all stressors on our physical and psychological well-being.
It gives us a permanent remedy against stress, helping us dealing everyday with the pressure, the anxiety and stress!
3. YOGA AND MEDITATION
Take time to focus on yourself everyday! Yoga and meditation help us to control our thoughts, our anxiety. We’d only need 10-15 minutes once or twice a day in order to bring about more “mindfulness” and reduce stress or anxiety.
Yoga and meditation relax the body, relax the mind, giving us the opportunity to focus on our breath, and developing the connection between the mind and the body.
We tried them all and we can assure that they really work. Do you have any other suggestions? How do you deal with stress?