Five Natural Treatments for Stress
We all feel
stress now and then. What few realize is that there are steps anyone can take to manage and relive
Stressed out has become part of our everyday
language.Fifty years ago,
had you told someone you were stressed out,
they wouldn't have known what you were
talking about and might even have questioned your knowledge of grammar! Rare is the individual today who
doesn't get stressed out at least once a day.
Stress can lead to severe health problems, particularly
with the 'type A' personality. Besides, stress produces unpleasant feelings in the body, headaches, as well as
causing us to snap at others without reason. While your doctor might prescribe a medication to calm you down,
it's always best to avoid prescription medicines if you can.
Here we offer five natural treatments for stress as
opposed to medical treatments for stress and tension. They all work, so you can pick and choose as the mood
strikes you. Of course, if you're really stressed out, do all five!
1. Physical exercise of any kind is one of the great remedies
for stress. If it's raining, get
out the vacuum and give that rug the old one-two. Go over and over that rug until it's sparkling clean and
you've taken that stress factor out on it, not the kids or your spouse. Surely there's a spot in the yard
that needs to be weeded within an inch of it's life. Other physical tasks, like cleaning out the hall closet,
can prove sufficiently distracting so that you'll be automatically diverted from whatever got you stressed.
You also get satisfaction from how clean it is.
2. Journal writing is
another of the time-honored treatments for stress. No, you don't need to be a writer to take
advantage of this treatment. Maybe it's your boss or spouse who jumped on your case about whatever. Biting your
tongue is what caused this stress, so now is the time to express yourself! Give that so-and-so all of your
thoughts on the topic in your (private) journal. Works like a charm!
3. Lavender is an old time treatment for stress and is
especially effective with stress headaches. For this remedy, there are several avenues. You can take a nap,
lying on a lavender filled pillow, or you can make or buy a lavender filled eye cover. You can also take a few
whiffs of essential oil of lavender and/or dab a drop on each of your temples.
4. Some treatment of stress
should be interactive. Here's a variation on the journal writing entries. Write an email to a
good friend and vent. Tell your friend up front to take it with a grain of salt. After all, we shouldn't take
life too seriously too often. Have your venting. By the time you're done, you'll probably feel better already.
You can send it or not, as your mood dictates. Ask for a funny joke or cartoon in their response. This way, you
get a laugh too. Good for the soul.
5. Here's the be all and
end all of natural treatments for stress: every time you feel yourself getting stressed out,
make a note, in your journal, of what triggered the event. After just a few weeks, you'll see a pattern. Do you
constantly worry about money? Your weight? Does someone at work drive you crazy? Not enough hours in the day?
Once you've discovered your common stress triggers, implement a plan to eliminate these stress factors. Make a
strict budget. Lose weight. Ignore, or make friends with that work mate. Whatever works.
These five natural treatments for
stress do work. Try them, you'll like them!