We are going to look at 8 natural ways to relieve stress and anxiety even with thyroid problems. You may be wondering why we need to relieve stress in our lives to begin with. Well that has to do with the fact that stress causes a cortisol response. Cortisol messages the brain to release glucose and insulin. These a) cause us to gain fat and b) wear out our adrenal glands.
Finding natural ways to address stressful situations in our lives is crucial to healing our bodies and thyroids.
Natural Ways To Relieve Stress
Meditation – Old Natural Ways To Relieve Stress
Meditation and/or prayer allows your body to relax. This time out creates a safe space for you to breath. Deep breaths. Let your mind be still. Give yourself five or ten minutes to allow your thoughts to go where they will without worry. In the beginning this takes some practice. Once you get it down you will be able to meditate even in the most crowded situations.
Personally I like to do this when I first wake up and before I go to sleep at night. It has become a sort of ritual for me that allows me to fall asleep. And getting good sleep is a huge benefit to people who suffer from chronic stress.
Supplementation For Adrenal Support To Relieve Stress
Products that support your adrenal glands can change your whole outlook on life! My personal favorite is Ashwagandah. I love it so much that I actually bought seeds to grow it at home. Almost every supplement I have seen for helping the thyroid has some Ashwagandah in it.
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Smiling – A Free Natural Way To Relieve Stress
The act of smiling actually changes your physiology! Yep. Really, it is physically impossible to be sad, angry or upset when you are smiling.
Smiling Like A Party In Your Brain
For starters, smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. Neuropeptides are tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate. They facilitate messaging to the whole body when we are happy, sad, angry, depressed, or excited. The feel-good neurotransmitters — dopamine, endorphins and serotonin — are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well.. This not only relaxes your body, but it can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
The endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever. 100-percent organic and without the potential negative side effects of synthetic concoctions.
Finally, the serotonin release brought on by your smile serves as an anti-depressant/mood lifter. Many of today’s pharmaceutical anti-depressants also influence the levels of serotonin in your brain. However, with a smile, you again don’t have to worry about negative side effects. And you don’t need a prescription from your doctor. [read whole article here]
Gratitude – Helpful Natural Ways To Relieve Stress
“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”
One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.
Another Testimonial To Gratitude As A Stress Reliever
“They showed a better well-being, a less depressed mood, less fatigue and they slept better,” said the study’s author, Paul J. Mills. “When I am more grateful, I feel more connected with myself and with my environment. That’s the opposite of what stress does.”
Another study found that gratitude can boost your immune system. Researchers at the universities of Utah and Kentucky observed that stressed-out law students who characterized themselves as optimistic actually had more disease-fighting cells in their bodies. [This from Today.com]
Grace – Forgiveness Are Natural Ways To Relieve Stress
Offering grace to others can be a good way to reduce stress in your own life. Grace is the act of forgiving the wrongs against you. Forgiveness is for your own healing not the offender.
Many people think of forgiveness as letting go or moving on. But there’s more to it than that, says Bob Enright, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who pioneered the study of forgiveness three decades ago. True forgiveness goes a step further, he says, offering something positive—empathy, compassion, understanding—toward the person who hurt you. That element makes forgiveness both a virtue and a powerful construct in positive psychology.
A Word On Forgiveness
Forgiveness does not mean letting the person who wronged you, and doesn’t want to change their destructive behavior, to continue in your life. I give you permission to cut people who are chronic stressors out of your life.
Pets – Unusual Stress Relief Approach
Pets in general are GREAT stress relievers. Maybe not so much when they are little and destructive, but older pets that simply want love allow all the stress in ones life to melt away. And besides that how much fun is it to be greeted with excitement just for showing up? Personally I have lots of pets. My kids bring them home and then I get attached. We have dogs, cats and guinea pigs at the moment. When I was living on the homestead I had lots of different kinds of pets.
Aromatherapy – What You Smell Can Relieve Stress
Aromatherapy in the form of essential oils provides a lovely escape for de-stressing. A nice calming scent like lavender or lemon or frankincense changes ones whole perception of the world. Exposing your senses to the strong aroma of essential oils has been shown to reduce pain and stress. It can also positively affect your hormone production, brain chemistry, and stress levels.
Music – Change Your Vibration To Relieve Stress
Music can both stress and relieve stress. Recently the idea of listening to 524mghz music for healing seems to be catching on. It works as a natural stress reliever and changes your frequency. There are some who say that the vibrations at 524mghz actually work to heal your organs!
According to Meditative Mind
528 Hz is one of best Solfeggio frequencies which has a very relaxing effect on mind and body and listening the music during bedtime can help people with sleep disorders by boosting sleep quality.
Some of the Benefits of 528Hz Solfeggio Frequency Music Include
✓ It returns human DNA to its original, perfect state.
✓ It brings transformation and miracles into your life.
✓ DNA reparation is followed by its beneficial effects of increased amount of energy.
✓ It also helps in balancing and tuning Solar Plexus Chakra which helps in more Self Confidence and Self Esteem
There you have it 8 natural ways to relieve stress & anxiety even with thyroid problems.
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