Side Street Style: 8 Ways to naturally combat stress in the Modern world

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07/11/2018

8 Ways to naturally combat stress in the Modern world

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National Stress Awareness Day took place this week and it's something I feel it's important to talk about as stress is something I have certainly struggled with over the past few years and it can cause real havoc for both your physical and mental wellbeing. I think we are more aware than ever that more and more of us suffer from things like stress and anxiety and it's easy to see why, life has become increasingly manic and busy as well as more expensive with longer working hours and less free time. Living in todays world is massively different to our parents generation and even when I was younger, it wasn't really until I was in my teens that mobile phones were even accessible to the masses (anyone remember beepers?). In todays busy times we find ourselves having to navigate real life, online life, social media, heavy workloads, lack of support, kids, family and everything in-between and it's exhausting

I find it's really important to know and recognise the first signs of stress so you can tackle them straight away and they include irritability, feeling tense, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration and anxiety. The one positive thing about stress is it is manageable but you do need to get on top of as soon as you feel it creeping in rather than waiting to the point when you feel totally overwhelmed.

Like many people I prefer to seek out natural ways to improve my wellbeing and there are some really simple tips to help reduce your stress levels especially in the run up to Christmas. I thought I would share what has helped the most and get's me through those times when I feel stretched and off balance.


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1. Talk about it - a problem shared is a problem halved as they say. There is real power in talking through things, it gives you a platform to share your fears and put it out into the Universe and let's friends and family know how you feel. You will also be surprised as how much support you may get back in return, even if it's just a shoulder to lean on of a family member who offers to watch the kids for an hour so you can have a hot bath, the little things can really help.

2. Devise a clear and doable plan of action. I often feel stress creeps in when I have so many things to do an no clear plan of getting them all done especially when I am time short. By making a clear list of the most important tasks that need to be done first can give you a real plan of how to proceed and get those tasks that are hanging over you ticked of.

3. Get outdoors for some fresh air - nature has that fantastic ability of putting things into perspective especially if you work from home. A change of scenery when your feeling a bit off of things are getting on top of you is really good because those issues giving you problems at home or your office don't have to follow you outside. Switch your phone off and just go for a walk, it can really do wonders.

4. Have a hobby you really enjoy that is completely detached from work or home life. If you love swimming, painting or in my case skateboarding then do it! Doing things that make you feel good help release endorphins and those feel good chemicals in your brain helping you feel calmer, happier and less stressed.


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5. Drink herbal Tea - Both Peppermint and Chamomile teas have been used to help relieve tension and stress for years and are both caffeine-free and great just before bed. I personally find Chamomile very calming and helps me to sleep when I am feeling particular overwhelmed and insomnia starts to keep in, making things worse.

6. Consider trying a traditional herbal remedy - if you are really starting to feel like it's becoming all to much and it's affecting things like sleep. I have tried Kalms before especially when we travel a lot and I'm working on the go, as well as the stress that comes with flying and it certainly help to naturally and gently calm my nerves and stress. Knowing it's all natural and uses either Valarian root or Lavender, both of which have been used for hundreds of years and both offer temporary relief.

7. Eat healthy and top up on B Vitamins - we are all aware that food plays a big part in our wellbeing and often when we are stressed we tend to not eat the right things which can sometimes only make it worse. Making sure you are nourishing yourself with healthy and balanced meals is only a positive move. Also cutting down on Caffeine and Alcohol is also important as both of these can extubate anxiety and stress in the long-term. B Vitamins are also known to promote the proper functioning of the nervous system and can naturally help to make you feel more relaxed and fight fatigue.

8. Sleep - personally I find that when I start to get very stressed I struggle to get a good nights sleep but it's just so important to make sure your body rests so you can face the day as a good night sleep is one of the biggest natural stress reducers. Lack of sleep can cause irritability and make you feel less able to cope with things. Getting into a good sleep routine is really important to make sure to put down the phone or avoid screens for at least an hour before bedtime and take a nice hot bath.

It's really important to address your stress levels if it's starting to affect your life as stress can affect many areas of our lives in a negative way as well as a physical and mental health so should not be overlooked. Remember to give yourself time, space and share what your going through with family and friends. I also have a blog post on reducing stress while travelling overseas and 5 simple ways to bring calm into the home


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8 comments:

  1. I really need to take some of these points on board, I do take my B Vitamins though.

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  2. It is so true that some of the easiest ways to beat stress are the simple ones, but you just have to be mindful to stop and do them, thats the hardets bit. Mich x

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  3. Stress management is really a need of our hour. This article is so well articulated, I personally tried few tips mentioned here which worked out.

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  4. Talking about it is so important as to let it all go and take a weight off your shoulders. I love relaxing and going in the bath to combat stress x

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  5. Some great ways to combat stress naturally here. I find myself getting stressed quite easily so I'll definitely have to bear these in mind.

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  6. I definitely need to take some of these tips of board! I struggle with feeling stressed a lot but can definitely agree that getting a good nights sleep or some fresh air certainly do help! x

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  7. These are all very good tips .. I’ve tried most and so far they haven’t helped .. but will try out those I haven’t yet to see if they help .. Thankyou 🙏🏼

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