We live in a stressed out anxiety ridden society. There seems to be a direct correlation between the advancement of technology and the increase of stress and anxiety among people. In the national Stress in America survey, an annual analysis by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, 35% of adults polled since 2007 reported feeling more stress this year compared with last year, and 53% said they received little or no support from their health care providers in coping with that heightened stress. The survey involved more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older who answered an online survey in August 2012.
Stress and anxiety have been directly correlated to causing chronic disease, illness and other health problems. While this can be a very sobering thought, the good news is that there are many things you can do from a holistic standpoint to minimize stress and anxiety and the impact it has on your body.
When I was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder I was prescribed prescription drugs. After about six months I decided to stop taking the medication and to
7 Fun and Holistic Ways To Reduce The Impact of Stress On Your Body
Watch the fish
Literally in an aquarium. It is so soothing and almost hypnotic. Studies have shown that aquarium watching is great for alzheimer patients as they have a tendency to be much more calm when they can look at an aquarium.
Plant a garden
Being in the outdoors and planting a garden is not only a good exercise, but it is also great for taking your mind off of the stresses of the day. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-worth to see the results of your labor.
Talk positively to yourself
Start talking to yourself in a positive way and not constantly tearing yourself down and criticizing yourself. There are many great things about you. Focus on what is good about you. Congratulate yourself when you do something great. Negative self-talk is an energy drainer and after a while you seem to draw even more negative energy
Take a brisk walk
One of the most effective ways to get rid of that awful anxious feeling is to take a quick brisk walk. During these walks rather than thinking about what is causing you stress and anxiety, look at nature and your surroundings. Soak up the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy nature. You will soon be feeling better.
Play music and cook something:
It is fun to put on your favorite music and then go in the kitchen and prepare your favorite meal. I have done this many times when I was feeling anxious or stressed. The idea of listening to my favorite music and then cooking my favorite meal took my mind off those thoughts that kept circling around in my head. There is also a sense of satisfaction and fun to be doing something other than worrying and stressing out!
Laugh out loud
Laughter is a wonderful way to get the happy hormones going. Watch a funny movie, hang out with people who like to laugh, go to
Dance like no one is watching
I know you have heard that phrase before. But it is true! Dancing around your home like you don’t have a care in the world is the best medicine when you are feeling stressed. Put on that music and just go for it! It is such a great way to shake off the stress and replace that feeling with an energetic dose of movement and fun.