Beat stress naturally! Easy ways to reduce anxiety levels

Stress and anxiety can feel suffocating and hold us back from living our best lives. A little bit of stress every now and then is actually a good thing as it keeps us on our toes and is, essentially, how we adapt to survive. But the type of constant stress lots of us experience these days wreaks havoc on our bodies and minds. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Here, are a few simple holistic health tips to help you reduce stress and anxiety the natural way.

Exercise every day.

This increases GABA, the neurotransmitter responsible for calming the nervous system. A lack of exercise decreases GABA production and has been linked to increased pain in the body as well.

Take calming herbs such as Passionflower and Withania.

These two beautiful herbs are key to calming a stressed and anxious nervous system. They are also wonderful for assisting restful sleep.

Take stress-reducing herbs such as Rhodiola and Ginseng.

These herbs increase your body’s ability to adapt to stresses of all kinds: physical, mental and emotional. They are also great energy boosters!

Take Magnesium or have a calming Epsom salt bath

Magnesium also soothes a stressed nervous system and can calm an anxious mind.

Heal your gut with a healthy diet and herbal medicine.

Most of our serotonin (the happy neurotransmitter) is produced in our digestive system. Poor diets, a hectic lifestyle, toxicity, chronic infection and travel bugs (hello Bali belly!) and nutrient deficiencies all contribute to stress and anxiety. To ensure your digestive system is working as well as it can be, seek herbal support to flush out the bad bugs. Then take high-quality probiotics and eat a healthy diet to heal your body, naturally.

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Cassie Mendoza-Jones is a kinesiologist, naturopath and writer for women who feel stuck, unworthy and disconnected to themselves. In working with her, women move into what she calls “heartfelt harmony” – a state of balance, ease and vitality. Through her Heartfelt Harmony Society courses + guides, eBooks and free resources, she’s here to help you shake up your approach to self-care, self-worth and self-acceptance on every level, while making it all feel like nourishing yourself without feeling guilty for it is the simplest thing in the world. (Truth: it can be.) Her upcoming book with Hay House is due for release in early 2016, and her lessons and insights have been featured in publications such as Body + Soul, and on popular websites such as Sporteluxe, news.com.au, Vogue.com.au, and smh.com.au. She’s spoken at events and workshops around Australia for a variety of companies, including LinkedIn. When she’s not working with clients, or creating new books, online courses and programs, she’s getting lost in a good novel, hanging out in a cafe or suiting up for a yoga class. Meet Cassie + get ready to find the most balanced, centred version of yourself at www.elevatevitality.com.au and www.heartfeltharmony.com.