Five ways to overcome stress and anxiety naturally


The world’s most comprehensive study of anxiety and depression research to date, published by researchers at the University of Queensland shows that depression and anxiety are found in every society in the world. The findings show that anxiety—the most common of all mental disorders—currently affects about one in 13 people globally.

Stress and anxiety may also be sabotaging your confidence, turning your stomach into knots, and impacting your general wellbeing. Luckily there are different relaxation techniques that can help to relieve the symptoms of stress. It can help you calm down and take a step back from a stressful situation....

(1) Meditate: A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. For that you just need to sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your belly to synch the mantra with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.

(2) Exercise: All forms of exercise, from walking or climbing the stairs to running, can alleviate depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.

(3) Laugh: A good laugh lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, while increasing brain chemicals called endorphins that boost your mood.

(4) Breathe Deeply: One of the most effective ways to activate the relaxation response is by decreasing the heart rate. Since we cant voluntarily alter our pulse, more tangible measures are needed. The most commonly utilized strategy is breathing by contracting the diaphragm, a horizontal muscle in the chest located just above the stomach cavity....