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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.

1. Exercise

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.

The reasons why strenuous exercise works include:

  • Stress Hormones: The more you exercise, the lower your body’s stress hormone levels are. One of these stress hormones is cortisol. Strenuous exercise causes your body to release endorphins. Endorphins change your mood and serve as natural painkillers.

  • Sleep: The more you exercise, the better you will sleep. If you can’t sleep well, you are going to be stressed and anxious.

  • Improved Confidence: A significant cause of stress is people’s frustration with their physical appearance. Exercising has the fantastic side effect of helping you lose weight, increase muscle, and improve your overall appearance. When this happens, clothing fits better, and your mental well-being improves.

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.

2. Combat Stress with Supplements

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: Melatonin helps you sleep better. Getting sufficient sleep relieves stress. There is a strong link between insomnia and anxiety. If you are under stress, it isn’t easy to sleep well. If you don’t sleep well, you feel anxious and stressed.

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.

  • CBD Oil: CBD plus CBG oil for sale at several online vendors has been used by many dealing with inflammation and pain. According to anecdotal evidence, individuals who take this combination experience a reduction of pain in their joints. This gives them increased energy. Just being able to live with reduced pain is enough to help a person feel less anxiety and stress.

  • Vitamin B: B complex vitamins typically have eight B vitamins. These vitamins control your metabolism and improve heart and brain health. Vitamin B has been linked to lowering levels of homocysteine. High levels of this amino acid are linked to increased stress and other stress-related conditions. Vitamin B is generally safe to take if given in proper doses.

3. Drink Less Caffeine

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.

4. Enjoy Time with Friends and Family

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.

Conclusion

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.

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