Stress and anxiety are facts of life for most people. Research suggests that seven out of 10 adults in the United States feel stress or anxiety every day. Stress and anxiety affect a person’s quality of life and outlook on the future. For this reason, it is worthwhile to examine ways to reduce stress and relieve anxiety.
Exercise is the best tool you have when it comes to fighting stress. The idea may strike you as counterintuitive. When you exercise, you are putting stress on your body. How can increasing physical stress minimize mental stress?
Research shows that when a person exercises regularly, they are less likely to experience anxiety than those who do not exercise. For the exercise to be effective, it needs to be strenuous and done for at least 30 minutes. The idea is to get your heart rate up.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and laboring under weights. Find something that you like, such as dancing, walking, or rock climbing.
Nutrient levels in your body affect how you feel. The healthier you are, the better you will be equipped mentally and physically to combat stress. Some supplements to consider include:
Melatonin is a hormone that your body naturally creates that controls your circadian rhythm. Your body increases its production of these hormones at night. During the day, the level of melatonin production decreases.
Melatonin supplements have been shown to decrease the amount of time it takes people to fall asleep. Taking melatonin does not inhibit your body from producing the hormone. It is not habit-forming.
Most people feel like their day cannot start unless they have coffee, chocolate, or some energy drink. They feel that it gives them a boost to start the day.
Many people fail to realize that coffee and other caffeinated beverages can affect them for hours after being ingested. It can increase stress and anxiety. It is fair to note that a person’s reaction to caffeine varies based on their makeup.
Humans are social creatures. Support from friends and family can help reduce anxiety and get people through stressful times in life.
Humans want to feel like they belong. A sense of belonging creates self-worth and can help a person make it through the most challenging times. Several studies show that spending time with children and with friends increases the release of oxytocin for women. That being said, both men and women benefit from having close friendships.
Stress and anxiety are part of modern life. However, by adjusting your diet, your activity level, and your association, and by using supplements, you can control stress and anxiety.