The high-pressured lives we all lead leaves many of us often stressed out, anxious, and unable to get proper sleep at night. Perhaps, we’ve become too caught up in the rat race, we are continually trying to stay on top of our busy schedules, and sometimes, it is all just a little too much to handle. Sadly, at times, we cannot take a well-deserved vacation to remove ourselves from the pressure-cooker of everyday life. We struggle on and end up feeling even more stressed out and anxious. The quality of our sleep deteriorates, as a result of which we are unable to recharge our batteries adequately at night. This is somewhat of a vicious circle, however, there are some excellent home remedies and methods to calm us when anxious and to help improve the quality of our sleep.
Embrace Your Sensitivity
It’s often the most sensitive and smart people who have the greatest susceptibility to stress and anxiety. Often, there is a tendency to berate oneself for feeling anxious and stress, whereas instead, we should really appreciate our capacity to feel and to recognize feelings. Such sensitivity may increase the susceptibility to anxiety, however, it also brings significant benefits. Sensitive people are usually great empaths and as such excellent at forming lasting relationships.
Consequently, rather than trying to beat yourself up about feeling anxious, celebrate your sensitivity, be kind toward yourself and appreciate your ability to recognize all the different feelings and emotions you have.
Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils
The power of herbal remedies must not be underestimated, and many traditional herbal remedies have since been scientifically proven to work. The same can be said about the herbs used to promote sleep and induce a calm disposition. All the following herbs are available as herbal teas, tinctures or capsules, while some of them are best used as essential oils.
These herbs contain potent active ingredients and should only be taken in consultation with a physician. These herbs are not suitable when taking medication.
Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga
The mindfulness technique has steadily been growing in popularity as a means of stress relief. The concept originates in Buddhist practice and essentially teaches us to “be present in the moment.” You can simply start by trying to focus on the present, your breath, your present surroundings while allowing distracting thoughts to fade into the distance. By remaining grounded in the present moment, anxiety levels are said to drop, and mindfulness exercises can also help to make falling asleep easier.
Meditating regularly can also contribute to the lowering of anxiety levels and the improvement of sleep. You can find guided meditations on the internet or may even attend meditation classes locally.
Yoga exercises, poses, and breathing techniques can also improve the quality of your sleep and reduce anxiety levels. People who do yoga exercises on a regular basis breathe differently, even outside of yoga practice. They find themselves considerably more relaxed and better able to cope with the daily stresses and strains. Enrolling in a yoga class is certainly worthwhile if you are trying to ease tension and improve the quality of your sleep.
An increasing number of doctors and psychiatrists are propagating regular exercise as a natural way to ease stress and anxiety. During exercise, serotonin is produced and released in our brain, and this neurotransmitter is associated with positive feelings and a good mood. Apart from providing obvious benefits to overall physical health, regular exercise is also thought of as a great source of stress relief.
Studies have indicated that 21 minutes of exercise per day can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. Exercising in the afternoon or evening is said to be particularly beneficial because the drop in body temperature after exercise can induce sleep more quickly.
The Great Outdoors
Several studies have indicated that spending time in nature, hiking or even a walk in the park can significantly reduce our stress levels and improve the quality of our sleep. Taking in the sights, breathing in fresh air, and moving within natural surroundings are all said to induce calm and feelings of well-being. Experts believe that taking regular breaks to spend some time outside can also increase our productivity and enhance our memory.
Chief editor here at Snore Nation and a proud father of two cool boys. I am a reformed snorer, a reformed smoker, a reformed overeater, a reformed city dweller and a reformed workaholic stress monster on the mission to share my insider tips to restore that quality sleep for you and your partner!