Stress is something that is a shared human experience regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status, and it is vital to learn ways to reduce stress and anxiety. You cannot control your circumstances in life, but you can regulate how you react to and handle those moments of stress. Not learning how to manage stress effectively will have adverse effects on a person, both physically and mentally.
Stress is the body’s reaction to external factors, either real or imagined. When the body perceives a threat, it switches into a first reaction known as fight or flight mode. During this time, heart rate increases, muscles tense, and blood pressure rise as the body tries to adjust. Sometimes the body does not know how to switch out of this mode even after the incident causing the stress has passed. The first step to managing stress is to be aware of how stress manifests as symptoms. Although symptoms vary widely between individuals, some common emotional and physical symptoms are feeling overwhelmed, racing thoughts, avoiding others and work, having difficulty quieting negative thoughts, low energy, headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, weakened immune system, clenched jaw and the inability to focus. Stress and anxiety can also affect your appetite and behavior.
There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for managing stress and anxiety, but in the list below, we will go over some of the most effective methods for relief. Try one, try them all or try a combination of these stress relief tools to see what fits your lifestyle the best.
Meditation, Therapy or Journaling
Meditation has seen a boom in the mental health space in recent years, and for a good reason, it is a useful tool for managing day to day stress and anxiety. Meditation is a form of mental exercise used to cultivate awareness and bring mental clarity and calmness. It has been used since the 19th century in Asian cultures and has spread to all corners of the world because of the powerful benefits. Studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress, improve sleep, increase focus, and improve relationships.
For those that have trouble with meditating, journaling, or talk therapy can be a beneficial tool for anxiety management. Journaling is a form of treatment that involves using prompts to bring awareness and focus on situations of conflict. Incorporating this practice into your daily routine is an excellent way to manage stress in the long term.
Drip IV’s In-home Stress Relief Drip Formula
Drip IV has created a unique blend designed to target the symptoms of stress and boost the immune system. It contains a B complex, lysine, magnesium, taurine, vitamin C, and zinc in a saline solution. Each of these components helps to manage stress and anxiety in the body, and together they create a powerful formula.
B vitamins, and B6 in particular, are essential for proper enzymatic function in the body. The complete B vitamin complex supports adrenal health and combats the effects of stress and anxiety. Lysine is a building block for proteins that can only be obtained from food because the body does not synthesize it. One study showed that people who regularly took lysine supplements had lower levels of stress-induced anxiety because it reduced the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. Magnesium plays a critical role in coping with anxiety because it affects a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which regulates the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are responsible for how you react to stress. Taurine helps to switch your body out of flight or fight mode and stabilizes mood while zinc has been shown to have a powerful antidepressant effect. This combination makes mobile IV therapy’s Stress Relief Drip the most effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. Another benefit is that it can be administered in the comfort of your own home!
Eat a Balanced Diet
Recent studies have shown the intricate connection between the gut-brain axis and how your stomach’s microbiome can affect mood, emotions, and mental health. Eating a balanced diet is essential in reducing stress and anxiety because food plays a role in determining your emotions. Not eating a balanced diet can worsen symptoms and create new stress. Stress also affects everyone’s eating habits differently, while some people may lose their appetite others cope with overeating.
Get More Sleep
There is a direct correlation between sleep levels, and anxiety and stress can impact sleep habits and vice versa. During times of stress and anxiety, the body is producing adrenaline and cortisol, which raise heart rate and blood pressure to prepare the body for flight or fight mode. An effective way of managing stress is by giving the body the things it needs for optimal performance, and at the top of that list is proper sleep. Experts recommend between 7 – 9 hours of sleep at night. During this time, the body has a chance to reset and cope better with external stressors.
Regular Aerobic Exercise
Another way to reduce anxiety and stress is through regular exercise. Exercise produces endorphins in the body, and endorphins act as nature’s pain reliever. Regular participation in aerobic exercise will decrease levels of tension, can elevate mood, and improve sleep. Getting proper sleep and exercise are vital in managing the effects of stress on the body. Aerobic exercise, also known as cardio, can be low or high intensity and requires the body to turn carbohydrates into energy. Exercise will also improve your appetite and help to regulate your eating habits. These three habits of getting good sleep, regular exercise, and a healthy diet are intrinsically linked to reducing stress and anxiety.
Meditation, exercise, good sleep, a properly balanced diet, and Drip IV’s Stress Relief Drip formula are all great ways to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety so you can fully enjoy life. Don’t wait until stress has taken over and stopped you from doing the things you want and need to do; start practicing these stress management techniques today.