20 Natural Remedies for Stress and Anxiety

 

  1. Get wet!  Take a shower, bath, or take a swim if you can.  Even spritzing your face with water cleanses and shifts negative energy.  I take a “Crystal-Charged” bath with dead sea salts, and essential oils (Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz and Amethyst are calming). Put a few drops of Rose, Lavender, Geranium, Neroli or Jasmine to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system.

  2. Walk in nature – Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood will help get more oxygen to the blood and will get energy moving.

  3. Don’t forget to breathe – Try 6 slow breaths in and out through the nostrils. When we are stressed we have a tendency to have quicker breaths, through the mouth which only compounds the stress and can actually induce a panic attack.

  4. Scalp Massage w/Essential Oils.  Massage has been shown to have a positive impact on serotonin and dopamine in the body, which helps boost our mood. And massaging your scalp also helps boost your hair follicles ability to grow hair. Try using a blend of Bergamot, Frankincense & Lavender.

  5. Put on make-up, do your hair, put on your favorite earrings, or outfit you feel awesome in. Bright colors such as green,yellow or blue are best and have shown to be uplifting and calming.  If you're going out, heels are a nice touch.  Anything to make you feel beautiful and like the GODDESS You Are… 

  6. Eat a piece of quality chocolate or raw cacao. Also, green, orange or yellow veggies or fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals that help the brain produce more dopamine and serotonin.

  7. EFT.   Soothe yourself in a matter of minutes.  EFT is a stress-reducing technique based in Chinese Medicine that requires you to focus on whatever negative emotion you may be feeling: a fear or anxiety, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you.  While keeping your issue in focus, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 12 of the body’s meridian points.  Since energy is continuously flowing through the body along a specific network of channels, tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.  Tapping has been compared to acupuncture. They both provide healing through stimulating the body’s meridians and energy flow.  You can find many videos on line that will show you the easy technique.

  8. Aromatherapy.  The smell receptors in your nose communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. When you breathe in essential oil molecules, they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health.   Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Basil, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lime, Rose, Sandalwood, 

  9. Quiet the mind. Try to “meditate” even if it’s for only a few minutes.  One of the hardest things to do when we’re all wound up about something is to stop the mental chatter.  If you notice yourself with that monkey brain, CHOOSE to feel good. Grab some of crystals, and hold them in each hand. Sit silently and do your deep breathing. 6 slow breaths in. 6 slow breaths out.   If you have the option to lay down. Wonderful!  Lay somewhere comfy and where you feel good and place a Rose Quartz directly in the middle of your chest.  Be sure to hold two crystals in each hand.  Try to quiet the mind and slow your breathing.  This is very powerful if you’re sensitive to energy.

  10. Drink a calming tea or herbal drink ~ Try Kava Kava, Chamomile or Chrysanthemum.

  11. Drink a Calming Spritzer with Hungarian Rose Water, Mint Leaves and Sweet Orange Essential Oil.  This helps improve digestion, detoxification, balance energy levels, boost mood and sense of well-being and freshens your breath!

  12. Move!   Stretching/Qi Gong/Yoga/Dancing/Walking/Runing.   Getting oxygen moving and flowing through your body has been proven to induce those feel good chemicals dopamine and serotonin.  Stagnancy and lack of movement actually promotes depression.

  13. Brainwave balancing music/ binaural music~ Try HEMI-SYNC.COM.  This helps safely alter your brainwaves with multi-layered patterns of sound frequencies.  When you hear these through stereo headphones, your brain responds by producing a 3rd sound (a binaural beat) that encourages the desired brainwave activity, leading to brainwave entertainment.  In addition to relaxation and stress reduction, Binaural Beats help improve your focus and concentration, decrease mental chatter, increase creativity and problem solving ability and even overcoming bad habits.

  14. Looking at images or pictures that make you happy. I also scan through Pinterest when I need a quick boost.

  15. Write down 5 things you are grateful for – The brain starts to re-wire itself after 30 days of consistent Gratitude Journaling

  16. Take a Nap. Sometimes you just can't stop the momentum of a negative train of thought.  Taking a 20 min power nap is probably the best way to reset your mood.

  17. Focus Wheel. This is a process coined from the book "Ask and it is Given" by Esther Hicks.  Draw a large circle on a sheet of paper. Then, draw a small circle in the center of the large circle.  Now, identify what it is that you DO NOT want. Then you try to think about what it is that you DO want. Try to think about it in terms of how you feel. For example, " I feel fat, I want to feel slender".  Next write statements along the outside of the circle that match what you do want, things that are general enough  that you already believe it. So you might say  "I can feel slender again". Or "I know that there are others that have been in my situation and have found a solution". Or "It will be fun to buy some new clothes".  The point is to find statements to soothe yourself and get focused on what you want rather than what you don't want.     

  18. Coloring. A fast growing trend of adult coloring books containing an array of Mandalas are being used as a stress relief tool.  Mandalas are circular designs with concentric shapes that have universal spiritual significance.  Benefits of coloring has been found to reduce anxiety and boost the mood, effects can be similar to that of meditation.  

  19. Do a handstand! Creating blood flow in the brain has an energizing and calming effect, as well as reducing the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can not only de-stress you in the short-term but also help relieve minor depression and anxiety. 

  20. Get a spa treatment! AHHH. Pampering yourself is a must. Self-care appreciates your mind, body and soul. We must replenish the well if we are to have energy for all life's demands and responsibilities.