All Natural Solutions to Help Support Mental Health and Reduce Anxiety, Depression and Feeling Overwhelmed
Natural solutions to help improve mood and feel better faster
Raise your hand if you have felt a little stressed out, overwhelmed or maybe just a bit anxious this year.
You are not alone! People around the world are reporting higher levels of stress right now than they have in previous years.
Many people are having a difficult time coping this year for a variety of reasons. Even though we are going through a worldwide stressor, some people feel alone right now and more than a little stressed out.
The good news is that there are some easy things you can do that might help you feel at least a little better and most people can do one (or more) of them every day.
Number one on our list is exercise. Exercise won’t make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you’re feeling, clear your thoughts and let you deal with your problems a bit more calmly.
One of the big benefits of exercise is that when you clear your thoughts you can take control of your mind for at least a moment and give some energy to finding solutions.
19 Simple Ways to Support Your Mental Health
- Connect with others. Make sure you reach out to people who are like minded and can support you. In fact, a good support network can ease your troubles and help you see things in a different way.
- Take time for yourself. Breathe for a moment, step back, practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques.
- Prioritize nutrition and healthy meals. Eat regular meals daily and keep healthy energy-boosting snacks on hand.
- Consider supplements. Several supplements promote stress and anxiety reduction. The more commonly used ones are lemon balm, omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, valerian root and kava kava.
- Challenge and inspire yourself. Set goals so you know why you get up every day. Know your why and use it to motivate you every day.
- Try using essential oils to help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries and some of the most calming scents are lavender, rose, vetiver, bergamot, roman chamomile, neroli, frankincense, sandalwood, ylang ylang, orange and geranium.
- Go easy on caffeine and alcohol. These drinks can trigger panic attacks, overwhelm and intensify anxiety. These short term “fixes” can cause more harm than good in the long run.
- Make healthy sleep a priority. Our bodies need plenty of sleep during good times and sometimes extra when we are stressed.
- Breathe deeply and consciously. Take time to slowly inhale and exhale.
- Let go of perfection. Work smarter, not harder. Be realistic about your strengths, get help when you need it and be proud of however close you get.
- Control what you can and let go of the rest. Accept that you cannot control everything. Then put your efforts where they have the most impact.
- Laugh easily and often. It’s tough to feel anxious when you’re laughing and laughter goes a long way towards a healthy mind, attitude and body.
- Make an effort to be optimistic. Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones whenever you can and keep an open mind.
- Volunteer and help other people. Find ways to be active in your community, and make a difference when and where you can.
- Enjoy art, music and creativity as much as you can. These activities and pursuits have been shown to promote relaxation naturally.
- Pay attention to stressors. Are there specific things in your world that cause more negative impact? Keep a diary to help identify patterns over time.
- Learn to say no and be selective about what you take on. Especially if you have too many responsibilities that can be overwhelming.
- Avoid procrastination whenever you can. It’s easy to feel stressed when too many things pile up. It’s good practice to deal with them as they arise.
- Seek help when you need it. If you are really struggling and need help, reach out to friends and family and let them know that you’re feeling overwhelmed or talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.
Stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed are a natural part of life but that doesn’t mean that they need to have the power to take over your life.
Fortunately there are many simple ways to reduce the pressure you feel and coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Please reach out and let us know if we can help!
Simply Nutrition offers quite a few of the solutions listed above and we would be more than happy to help you with any of them.
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