Stress is a natural, hormonal response from your body to various triggers. Too much stress can negatively affect your health and long-term stress can increase your risk of mental health disabilities, cause insomnia, headaches, anxiety, skin issues and more.
Knowing how to manage stress is crucial for your wellbeing, so let us help you be more chill by using natural remedies.
Curcumin, a compound of turmeric, has been found to reverse harmful brain changes caused by chronic stress. How amazing is that?!
A 2016 study showed that taking 500 mg of curcumin twice daily considerably reduced stress, fatigue and anxiety while increasing the quality of life in people suffering from extreme stress. Continuous use for weeks improves memory and mood, fatigue and promotes a calmer state of mind. Turmeric can even help with PMS. It was found to reduce anxiety experienced by women with PMS and to significantly reduce PMS-related symptoms.
This herb has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy and improve concentration. A 2012 study showed that taking 300 mg of ashwagandha twice a day for 2 months caused stress to drop by 44% and the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, decreased by almost 28%. It was found that Ashwagandha significantly improves anxiety and helps control and decrease stress levels.
Creating rituals reduces anxiety and stress levels. Rituals encourage balance, greater awareness, mindfulness and connection with yourself and are a great way to practice self-care.
The repetitive nature of having a ritual is a tool that helps the mind, body, and emotions relax and be mindful and aware. Repeating a ritual daily also creates a rhythm to your life and helps you feel grounded and balanced. Cultivating a ritual of smudging will help you establish a more relaxed state and a positive, calm environment.