Below are 5 simple steps you can take to help reduce STRESS
- Breathe- Simply deepening the breath, increases the oxygen in your blood, slows down your heart rate and naturally leads to your brain releasing endorphins, which are chemicals that make you feel good and relaxed. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. When you breathe deeply, your body sends a signal to your brain to calm down. Practice deep breathing regularly, especially when you catch yourself taking short, shallow breaths.
- Take a good source of Kava and Passionflower- Kava is nature’s natural ‘CHILL PILL’. It comes from the islands of the South Pacific where it is socially shared as a beverage to induce pleasant mental states, reduce anxiety and promote socialising. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of kavalactones on the brain and central nervous system, helping reduce mild anxiety, stress, restlessness and sleeplessness.
- Take a walk-in nature- Immersing yourself in nature has been proven to decrease stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure, increase concentration and improve immune function. So, get out there and let your eyes take in the beauty that nature freely offers!
- Drink water- A large percentage of Australians do not drink enough water. The average consumption of water is 1.29L a day. Adequate water intake is crucial for proper mental and physical functioning. When we don’t drink enough water, our bodies become physically stressed and we experience a reduction in performance. Make sure you are drinking up to 8-10 glasses of water a day, to encourage optimal functioning.