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home remedies for stress

Slow and Deep Breathing

Slow and deep breathing can help you cool off in a stressful situation. With deep breathing, more oxygen enters the body, which has a calming effect on your mind and body. In fact, 15 to 30 minutes of slow, deep breathing daily can help prevent stress. It can even help you think more clearly, so that you can deal with stress more easily.

When you are under stress, sit or lie down in a quiet, comfortable place.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose to the count of 5.
Hold your breath for 5 counts, then exhale for 5 counts.
Repeat 5 or 6 more times or until you calm down and feel relaxed.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is another useful and effective remedy to help you calm down when you are under stress. Stress causes low magnesium levels in the body and increases adrenaline levels.

Epsom salt is high in magnesium, which helps increase the mood-elevating serotonin chemical in the brain. This in turn helps reduce stress, promote relaxation and ease anxiety, irritability, insomnia and abnormal heart rhythms.

Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and a few drops of an aromatic essential oil of your choice to warm bathwater.
Stir thoroughly, until the salt granules dissolve in the water.
Soak in this soothing water for 20 minutes.
You can enjoy this soothing bath 2 or 3 times a week.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is an effective herb for reducing stress. Its calming and soothing nature has a sedative effect on the central nervous system. It helps relax the muscles, ease anxiety and promote better sleep.

You can drink up to 4 cups of chamomile tea a day to fight stress. To make the tea, add 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile to a cup of hot water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add raw honey as per taste and drink it.
You can also add fresh chamomile flowers or a few drops of chamomile essential oil to warm bathwater for a nerve-soothing soak.
You can even take this herb in supplement form. Consult your doctor for proper dosage

Massage

Body massage also works as a stress reliever for many. According to traditional Chinese medicine, massage helps open blocked energy channels to reduce stress and improve overall health.

A warm oil massage of the feet, hands, back and head helps relax tense muscles, improve circulation and fight anxiety