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.
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.