Natural Ways To Reduce Stress and Anxiety

There are many ways to reduce stress and anxiety without medication. Often people will resort to medications without trying to use a natural approach first.
Here are some helpful ways to manage your stress without the use of medications:
  1. Exercise. This is the best way to manage stress. Exercise releases those feel-good hormones and has been proven to reduce stressful feelings and improve your overall health.
  2. Reduce caffeine. This is a tough one, however, research has shown that caffeine may cause or worsen anxiety issues. It can cause nervousness and jitters. Switch to herbal tea instead.
  3. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause anxiety. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  4. Eat a whole foods, plant–based diet. Eating too little, eating processed foods, and even dehydration can affect moods and worsen anxiety. Focus on incorporating whole plant foods for optimal health.
  5. Meditate or take up yoga. Both types of practices focus on deep breathing, which can help restore natural breathing patterns during periods of panic.
  6. Use essential oils. Essential oils can help modulate mood, help you relax and create a calming environment.
Essential oils are proven reduce stress and anxiety. Here are my top picks.
  1. Copaiba – apply 3-4 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil topically to chest area when feeling anxious. Drop 1-2 drops under tongue for encourage a sense of well-being.
  2. Frankincense – massage on the bottoms of feet to promote relaxation and balance. Diffuse 4 drops frankincense and 4 drops wild orange to ease panic and anxiety.
  3. Adaptiv – when stress and tension are at its highest, diffuse 8 drops Adaptiv nearby. Apply to pulse points throughout the day to help promote calm feelings.
  4. Balance – begin your day by putting a few drops of Balance on the bottoms of your feet to promote calmness and tranquility throughout the day. Apply to pulse points to stay relaxed or when anxious feelings arise.
  5. Clary Calm – a women’s blend used for balancing mood throughout the month. Apply to abdomen when experiencing PMS symptoms. Apply to pulse points during times of mood swings or heightened emotions.
  6. Peace – a powerful blend that counteracts anxious and fearful emotions. Apply to bottoms of feet morning and night to calm an upset child. Apply to wrists and inhale deeply to promote calmness.
  7. Serenity – Apply to bottoms of feet to help with sleep. Apply to back of neck or pulse points to promote feelings of peace and calmness.