The 4 Most Natural Stress Killers

While you can’t necessarily prevent stress from entering your life, you can choose the manner in which you deal with that stress. Solutions like prescription drugs or alcohol may temporarily address your problems and mask the true depth of the actual stress – but the problems are still there and most likely getting worse.These alternative methods are more likely to have a positive role and result in your life.

Try these four stress-killers methods to star t:

1 – Deep Breathing

If you are looking for stress relief, practicing deep breathing is one of the best services that you could be doing to yourself. In normal circumstances, taking a deep breath, by itself, is deeply relaxing. But, most of us are used to ‘shallow breathing’ using only 20% of our lung capacities.

Bad breathing habits lead to the imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. Correct breathing purifies the blood, provides more energy, and calms the mind and the body.
The breathing serves two purposes: it helps in transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, and it helps in the elimination of waste products. The shallow breath fails to bring sufficient oxygen to the body, and also fails to cleanse the body of all the waste products. Oxygen is the most important nutrient of the body, each cell needs it. When the body does not receive the required amount of oxygen, it starts losing its vitality. There is a lack of overall energy.
In eastern cultures, the science of correct breathing is practiced with great earnest. In Yoga too, breathing is given paramount importance. The science of breathing is known as Pranayama. The breath is known as ‘prana’ or life-force. It is the point where the body and the mind interact. By learning to breathe properly, a yogi achieves perfect balance between the body and the mind.

2 – Laughter

Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.

3 – Focus on Positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

Increased life span, Lower rates of depression, Lower levels of distress, Greater resistance to the common cold, Better psychological and physical well-being, Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease,Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet.

4 – Stretching

Everyone encounters stress and stressful situations throughout their lives. For most, stress has become a daily part of their lives. It gives you headaches, sore shoulders, stiff necks and backaches as your body tenses as a reaction to stress. Learning how to handle the stress you face each day will help you to lead a happier, healthier, less stressful life.

When we stretch our bodies we receive many benefits. These benefits include:

Stress hormone production is decreased as receptors in the nervous system are stimulated
The blood flow to the muscles is increased
Muscles and joints that are tight and tense relax
Joints experience a better range of motion
Flexibility increases
There is a reduction in feelings of stress, fatigue and anxiety
Mental alertness increases
Posture is improved relieving many aches and pains

Aline Hanle

Aline Hanle

She helps you harness the power of the mind through the Infinite Greatness that lies in your heart. Her blog Modern Mystic contains many soulful inspirations.

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  1. a superb piece! laughter yoga combines yogic breathing and stretching with laughter exercises which generate a lot of positivity.. loved this blog.. sharing it with my friends on twitter and facebook.. thank you :)

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