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6 Natural Ways To De-Stress

Manage your stress naturally for lasting health benefits.


Stress is a common human experience in our culture today. With all of the pressure of technology, our jobs, society, and our relationships, it’s difficult to even imagine what a stress-free life would feel like!

While some stress is normal and even healthy, many people today are over-stressed, and, more concerning, are not adequately mitigating this increased stress load. The negative effects of unmitigated stress are alarming. One simple search on the internet will reveal countless research articles linking stress with compromised immune systems, insomnia, increased weight, mood disorders, decreased brain functioning, disrupted hormone production, heart attacks, and more.

De-stressing is not just about self-soothing and making ourselves feel better after a hard day. In today’s society, de-stressing is as important for our health as brushing our teeth and exercising. Here are six healthy, natural ways to de-stress and to create a habit of good health in your stressful life.

  1. Exercise: Speaking of exercise, this is a great way to de-stress—with added health benefits! Physical exercise naturally releases endorphins, which naturally relieves stress and boosts your mood.
  2. Meditate: Meditation is an ancient practice that continues to provide benefits to many people today. Taking time to meditate, focus on your breath, or practice mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and may also improve medical conditions caused by stress.
  3. Journaling: Keeping a journal of your daily activities, thoughts, emotions, and worries can also help reduce stress. By putting your thoughts on paper, you force your brain to process the issues at hand and tap into knowledge, healing and insight within yourself.
  4. Socialize: Spending time with friends or family that you enjoy can be a great way to relax and recharge. Also, the more you can laugh the better! Laughter is proven to lower tension and improve blood flow and heart health.
  5. Go outside: Fresh air, sunshine, and the natural landscape can instantly lower stress levels. There are many studies that support the healing benefits of nature on the human body and psyche.
  6. Be thankful: Taking time to focus on the things you’re grateful for is a great way to relieve yourself of stress and gain some life perspective. If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to write down ten things for which you are grateful.

De-stressing not only feels good, it’s good for you. There is a notable increase of stress-related illnesses in our society. It is important to realize that stress is a toxin that requires active attention in order to live a long, healthy and happy life.

Authored by Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE and author of 28 books. Pioneering whole-person care nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Jantz has dedicated his life’s work to creating possibilities for others, and helping people change their lives for good. The Center • A Place of HOPE, located on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, creates individualized programs to treat behavioral and mental health issues, including eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety and others.