Everyone gets stressed from time to time, but do you know what stress is? Stress is your body’s natural response to challenges, such as work or school, changes, or trauma. It’s designed to warn you that you may be biting off more than you can chew, or that you may be in a fight or flight situation. Not all stress is bad, but chronic stress or stress that lasts a long time can negatively impact your health.
Thankfully, many forms of stress can be handled easily and naturally. But how do you destress? Here are our top three ways.
Take Magnesium Supplements
Although magnesium’s primary function is to help regulate your body’s nervous system, it is also a powerful muscle relaxant that combats stress and depression.
When we’re stressed, our bodies deplete the vitamins C and B, and magnesium in our system faster. To combat that, you will need to take in more of the aforementioned nutrients to feel better. Magnesium is a tough one though, because it’s not the easiest for your stomach to process. Thankfully, you have a wide choice when it comes to how to get more in your system.
You can eat most green and leafy veggies like spinach, kale, or you can go a sweeter route and eat dark chocolate, raspberries or a banana.
You can also take supplements. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for adults is between 310 and 420 mg. The exact RDA will differ depending on your age and gender.
Or you can get it through an IV! IV Revival offers mobile IV therapy where registered nurses come to you to administer a treatment of your choice. You can pick anything off our wide menu or pick their all-in-one solution: the Myer’s Cocktail.
Every time you’re active, your body releases a mood-boosting chemical called endorphins. Endorphins specifically combat stress and make you feel happier! Exercise has more benefits than just that (obviously), as it strengthens your heart, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and lowers the risk of heart disease by lowering your blood pressure if you exercise regularly.
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, and has some direct stress-busting benefits, beyond your endorphins.
Exercise is meditation in motion — the focus on physical activity helps you naturally forget the day’s stressors. The physicality also helps relieve any physical stress you’re carrying on your back, legs, and shoulders.
It can also improve your mood because exercising regularly can increase your self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. Not only that, but regular exercise can also help improve your sleep!
For the best result, stick with it and create a routine. Go running every other day, start yoga, or find a sport or weight-based activity you enjoy. You don’t need a gym to exercise either — many floor routines, cardio, and weight-based exercises can be done at home!
Unplug From Your Daily Routine
It’s okay to take a mental health day. When it’s impossible to escape your stress, cut yourself off from it to refresh yourself. That can mean staying home from work, taking an extra 10 minutes in the bath, or going for a walk. Get out of the stressful environment for as long as you need and listen to what your body is telling you.
We know it’s often hard to avoid distractions too or to not get roped back into what is stressing you. This is especially true if you’re at work. Give yourself a moment — close your office door, walk around the office building, go to the bathroom or your car. Turn off your phone, shut down your computer, or walk away from them for a few minutes. Sit by yourself and focus on your breathing to help ground you. When you feel like you’re ready to go back, take another breath before you leave your sanctuary.
This gives you time to acknowledge your thoughts and emotions and deal with them in a healthy way instead of bottling them up and powering through it to get your work done. There’s no right or wrong way to recharge your batteries as long as it’s not hurting yourself or others.
And if you’re in need of a pick-me up, give us a call at IV Revival. We’ll come to you and give you a natural boost with vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, B12, and magnesium. Request an appointment with them today to start feeling stress free and healthy.