Three Simple & Effective Ways to Reduce Stress

In today's hustle and grind society, it's easy to feel like we need to be doing ALL of the things ALL of the time! Especially with the pressures of social media, we tend to burn ourselves out trying be do and be everything, all at once. It's STRESSFUL!

Stress has a profound impact on the body, and long-term stress has profound implications on our health. When under constant stress, the sympathetic nervous system, also known as fight or flight, can get stuck switched on. When the body is in fight or flight, messages are sent out, telling many internal functions to shut down while also telling the heart to pump out blood to the extremities. This mechanism would help to keep us safe if we were in immediate physical danger but doesn't do much good when we're stressing about work, money, a relationship or any other worries. When the sympathetic nervous system is triggered, the digestive system is not the body's primary focus, affecting the break down and absorption of many nutrients. Many stored nutrients are also depleted when the body is in fight or flight, vitamin C for example, a powerful antioxidant that offers protection against heart disease and supports the immune system.


↠ Help Prevent Heart Disease

↠ Improve Digestion

↠ Improve Hormonal Balance

↠ Boost the Immune System

↠ Reduce Anxiety

↠ Improve Intuition

Now, depending on the type of person you are, reducing stress might be something very simple for you to achieve, or it could be one of your biggest challenges. Either way, most of us could do with a little less stress in our lives, minds and bodies.

Here Are Three Ways to Reduce Stress Quickly & Effectively

1. Deep Breathing / Breath Work - Our Breath is the most simple yet powerful tool we have when it comes to reducing stress. Taking a few long deep breaths in and out triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. This is our rest and digest response, the one we want to be in! Meditation, yoga and breathwork practices can help to strengthen and deepen your breathing as well as your connection to your breath. Practices like alternate nostril breathing can have a quick and powerful effect on reducing anxiety and stress by balancing both hemispheres of the brain. 

2. Getting Out in Nature - Being in nature and even just looking at pictures of nature have a similar effect as deep breathing. It also triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, putting us in that calm, relaxed state. Walking in nature is a great way to incorporate movement and deep breathing into the mix, a triple whammy de-stressor!

3. Having Fun! - What better way to de-stress than to kick off your shoes off and have a little fun! Having fun doesn't have to mean doing anything extravagant or require anything other than your state of mind. Doing whatever it is that makes your heart sing can help to bring on the rest and digest response. It can be anything as simple as listening to your favourite song, singing, dancing, playing your favourite sport or game, painting, colouring, gardening, snuggling with your pet, you get the idea! Being in that flow state (being in the present moment) allows our bodies to respond to what is truly happening rather than some perceived threat we are worrying about in our minds.

Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles. It takes away today's peace ~ Randy Armstrong

There you have it, many reasons to keep stress at bay and three simple ways to reduce stress effectively!

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