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Stress: 10 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Naturally

When stress becomes too much, we are on edge, and our nerves may jangle. But how do you calm your nerves when you are feeling tense? Sometimes you feel the sensation in your stomach, or your hands become all jittery, and your legs may shake. You may want to go to the toilet, and sometimes you may start belching.

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These are symptoms of stress. And, you can manage stress naturally with a few well-chosen techniques and items in your stress toolkit. Keeping your nerves in check will help you feel better and give you a better quality of life.

If you suffer from extreme stress, you will know all too well the effect pressure has on you and how debilitating it can be. You may have tried medicine from the doctors but found it too addictive or it left you with unwanted side effects.

What Happens to Your Body

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When we are stressed, our bodies release cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone. The effects of this hormone puts your body into fight or flight mode. We are then on high alert, and our nerves are too; we are geared to run from danger or defend ourselves. This is why you may need to go to the toilet more often as your body expels what it doesn’t need. Your shaking body is your nerves ready for action.

Your body does not know there is no physical threat to your well being; it is designed for the savannahs, not our current social and urban landscape. Therefore the biological process of stress is still with us, and we are trapped by our bodies because we do not need to perform the action it requires.

The best way to remove this nervous energy is to shadow box or go running, but this isn’t always practical, especially on public transport. So, what other ways can you help yourself to relieve anxiety nerves? I’ve listed ten ways in which you can calm your nerves.

Helpful Techniques

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Mindful Breathing

This is a straightforward technique to try, and with practice, the better you get at it. Simply breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth and count each action as one breath. Count ten breaths and then repeat. If thoughts appear in your mind, acknowledge them and then concentrate on your breaths again.

Pressure Points

We have pressure points all over our bodies, but the easiest to reach in an immediate situation are the ones in our hands.

Join your hands together by interlocking your fingers, leaving your thumbs free and using your right thumb to massage your left palm for a couple of minutes and then repeat on the other palm with the left thumb.

Take your thumb and forefinger from your right hand and grip the loose flesh between your other thumb and forefinger and massage it for a couple of minutes, then repeat on the other hand.

EFT Tapping

You can reduce stress by using the emotional freedom technique tapping points; they are easy to do and can be done anywhere when you feel your nerves beginning to play up.

Use two fingers and begin tapping on your chin about 7 or 8 times, and in your mind, say, ‘I accept this stress, and I accept my situation.’

Use two fingers, tap 7 to 8 times below your eye on your cheekbone, and repeat the above phrase.

Again use two fingers and begin tapping underneath your nose and repeat the above phrase.

Stretching

You know how animals stretch; they don’t do it half-hearted; they put all their energy into getting a full stretch.

Reach into the air and imagine you are pulling yourself up a rope.

Now, put your arms out to the side and imagine you are the rope in a tug of war, and you are being pulled on either side.

This one is probably best done when you are alone; start gyrating your hips and really get some movement going.

Visualisation

Using visualisation, you can imagine a calm and serene place or picture yourself as relaxed and peaceful.

Close your eyes and take long slow deep breaths; imagine a scene of a quiet ocean lapping at the sandy beach, you are standing on the shoreline and watching the sunrise. You can see birds in the distance and can hear the sound of the gentle waves.

Stress Toolkit

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Chamomile Tea

Having a drink of chamomile tea can help calm your nerves and make you relax. It contains antioxidants and is a natural alternative to other caffeinated beverages. You can buy it pretty much anywhere, and it can even be used in a tea meditation.

Calming Gummies

You can buy calming gummies from [AF] Piping Rock, and they are my favourite way of destressing and removing nervous energy. I use the strawberry and lemon ones; just type into their search box ‘calming gummies’ and scroll down until you find them.

The gummies contain L-thiamine and GABA, which are great for chilling you out. They only take about 15 to 20 minutes to work.

Essential Oils

Choose relaxing fragrances such as lavender or valerian oil. They are generally used to promote sleep but work well with calming nerves. Either smell the oil directly from the bottle for a quick hit or add to a diffuser to let the aroma fill the room. You can also burn the oil in an oil burner for a more intense scent.

CBD Oil

I use the food supplement of CBD oil, and I have written a couple of articles on its benefits; you can read how it is changing my life here. But it works well when I develop nervous energy; after a few drops, I can feel myself getting calmer. If you don’t like the taste, they come in capsule form, too, although I haven’t tried their effectiveness. I buy mine from [AF] Reakiro.

Journal

Writing in a journal can help release racing thoughts and help you reduce your jangly nerves. Start by writing how you are feeling and then move on to describing a calm place you know; it could be in your own home or a place you once holidayed at.

What To Avoid

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant that will not help calm your nerves; it can increase their severity. Stick with a chamomile tea, or if you want, coffee choose decaffeinated.

Alcohol

Alcohol will initially help as it is a depressant, but it is not the healthiest option as alcohol is a toxin and makes the liver work too hard to expel it.

In Summary

I hope these tips will help you calm your nerves and allow you to function correctly. If you have time, try and do regular exercise to reduce stress in your life, as chronic stress can lead to physical health problems.

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