Do you suffer from horrible stress and anxiety in your day to day life? Are you looking for ways through which you can reduce stress and anxiety from your life?
Stress and anxiety are inevitable. That doesn’t mean living with it has to be. All you need to do is find your elixirs of tranquility. It’s time to say sayonara to dire straits by reclaiming your zen.
Here’s the thing about stress and anxiety: you can either allow it to dissolve any semblance of peace or you can conquer the inner demons by slaying them.
As someone who has struggled with anxiety, I’m all too familiar with the disadvantages of mental calamity. Being someone who has never been one to resort to pills for my woes, I’ve managed to find some creative solutions to slay away the stresses and anxieties of life. I’m here to share those modalities with you today.
Let’s get started with 11 holistic hacks to reduce stress and anxiety, shall we?
1. Give a hug.
Hugging isn’t just limited to embracing someone you haven’t seen in a long time or your significant other as an act of endearment.
There’s so much more to this simple gesture of affection on a psychological level. For starters, it releases oxytocin, which is the antidote for depression, and just so happens to be responsible for increasing bonding and social behavior.
Hugging also decreases the fear in the brain. Because stress and anxiety are instigated through a lack of certainty about the future, all you need to do is hug it out.
It also happens to give a boost to your immune system. Knowing you have the ability to become healthier through hugging, how can you not show a little affection?
Don’t have family or friends to give a hug to? Hug your pet. Your little furry buddy will love it just as much as you do.
Don’t have a pet? Hug yourself. When was the last time you took the time to embrace yourself?
If you take the time to authentically give yourself a hug and not just out of obligation, you’ll be getting those feel-good vibes in under a minute.
Hugging your way out of stress and anxiety certainly reaps the benefits of increased self-love, but you also need to let go of uncertainty, which brings me to the next step.
2. Let go of control.
Anxiety and stress are influenced by the lack of control over an outcome in the future. While it’s certainly normal to dream off into the distant future, it isn’t healthy when your wellbeing is being compromised.
That’s not to say that you should be putting your ambitions and goals on hold. It means that you need to relinquish the outcome of what you’re expecting.
We all idolize our utopian beliefs of what quintessential is, but it can’t be at the risk of getting stressed and getting anxious. The minute you release the tight grip of your lack of control over the future is the exact moment your stress and anxiety ceases to exist.
Just for right now, focus on this minute. Nothing else. This is when it matters most. Not tomorrow or a year from now.
One day, you will look back and wish you could relive this very moment and tell yourself that you had absolutely nothing to worry about. So let go of control now.
The more you control your emotions right now, the better your outcome will be. You can let go of control with the help of an energy exercise, which brings me to the next tip.
3. Do energy exercises.
I’m such a fan of holistic hacks because they aid us to connect with our bodies on a much more intuitive level. I also happen to be a firm believer that the Universe has given us all of the tools and resources we need not to just survive, but to flourish and thrive.