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Stress and anxiety are normal aspects of everyday life. But when they start to become chronic and overwhelming, they can make it impossible to lead a satisfactory quality of life. The good news? There are ways that you can manage your stress and anxiety more effectively so that it has less of an impact on your emotional and physical well-being. If you’re ready to say goodbye to stress and anxiety, here are a few tips for managing stress and anxiety naturally that will help you live your best life.
Why Is It Important to Manage Stress and Anxiety?
Chronic stress and anxiety are not just something you need to push through like other emotions or experiences that you might encounter as you navigate life. Leaving them alone or trying to ignore them will only wear you down and encourage you to try to find ways to cope that might not be as healthy for your mind and body. Stress and anxiety need to be addressed and reduced in order to stay healthy and make sure you don’t become burnt out trying to manage the most basic tasks. The longer they run your life, the more damage they are able to do to all aspects of your health and wellness.
Stress and anxiety aren’t just emotions that only impact how you feel. They can have a major impact on your physical well-being too. While the list for both stress and anxiety is quite long, here are some of the most common effects of stress and anxiety on the body.
Symptoms of depression that arise from consistent stress and feelings of nervousness or doom.
Snapping out at others and feeling irritable.
Feeling fatigued no matter how much you have slept.
Aches and pains experienced throughout the whole body.
Issues breathing as you normally would, which could be associated with a panic attack.
Experiencing issues with the reproductive system, which may manifest as symptoms such as loss of libido or erectile dysfunction for men and erratic or absent menstruation for women.
Frequent heart palpitations, which chronic stress and anxiety can cause to develop into an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and other cardiac issues.
Stomach pain and digestive issues.
Irregular changes to eating or sleeping patterns.
As you can see from the above, the impact of stress and anxiety is systemic. But no matter what you might be experiencing now, you can take control to work to reverse these symptoms and get back in better shape.
Some forms of stress and anxiety need to be addressed with the support of a mental health professional and prescription medication. Others can be successfully addressed with CBT and natural strategies when you feel them strike. If you know that your struggles fall into the latter category, here are some helpful tips for managing stress and anxiety naturally.
Look for supplements that help you feel more centered and calm. For example, some might use hemp products to address stress and anxiety and promote a greater sense of calm.
Seek out exercises that help you refocus and develop mindfulness. Some great exercises that others swear by include mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, and even yoga.
Cut certain things out of your schedule or try to reduce how often you need to do them. Often, we take on way too much when we don’t need to actually engage in certain stressful activities at all.
Prioritize self-care, making sure to exercise daily, drink enough water, get better sleep, eat a diet that’s nutritious, and interact with others.
Do more of what you love. Everyone needs time to themselves. Make sure you’re doing things that bring you joy so you can get a break from the things that are causing so much stress and anxiety.
Anxiety and stress don’t have to define your life. If you’ve started to notice that you’re always on edge and anticipating the worst, use the guide above to see where stress and anxiety might be hurting you most and how you can go about addressing them.