5 Of the Best: Holistic Remedies for StressBy amelia richards
Lockdown is – for better or worse – being slowly lifted in the UK and many of us are feeling stressed and nervous about going back into the world and returning to work. While the return to normality can feel daunting and anxiety-provoking for many, there are things that can help. That’s why we’ve teamed up with scientists to put together a list of the best holistic remedies for stress. These natural remedies for stress have been chosen because they are accessible, affordable and scientifically-proven to help you to feel better about returning to life as normal:
CBD oil works by stimulating the endocannabinoid system and balancing homeostasis in the body. Scientists have shown its proclivity for relieving stress, anxiety and insomnia. CBD products are relatively easy to find on UK high streets and health shops online. We love this CBD tea (which, by the way, also makes for a delightful cocktail).
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, the oil promotes relaxation and studies have shown it can help treat anxiety, and insomnia. You can use a lavender oil tincture or a calming room spray before bed to help them sleep.
Mindfulness and meditation have gained popularity in recent years, especially in lockdown. Meditation can produce a state of relaxation and a peaceful mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in your enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Valerian root is a common ingredient that comes in supplement form and is one of the most potent natural remedies for stress and anxiety. The Ancient Greeks and Romans even used it to help sure insomnia. Valerian root is thought to help alleviate the symptoms of stress by increasing gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA contributes to a calming effect in the body.
Exercise is probably the most readily available natural remedy for stress. It is becoming easier to move your body now that the Government is beginning to ease lockdown restrictions so make the most of it! Moving releases endorphins which in turn boost your mood and energy levels. You could give yoga a shot if you’re looking for a low-impact form of exercise. Alternatively, you could head for a peaceful walk or run to help get those endorphins flowing. Try finding a scenic spot for an extra feel-good factor, or venturing out with another member of your household if safe to do so.
Many thanks to Simon Manthorpe, CEO of Eos Scientific for his input.
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