by MARSHALL BONE
Managing stress can be easier said than done. After all, stress comes from many sources; external stress that we have little or no control over, and internal stress created by thoughts and desires.
Stress can come from social gatherings, commuting to or from work, and even watching the news. The ability to effectively manage stress may be one of the secrets to a longer life. This isn’t just a belief, there is scientific evidence that suggests high stress may shorten your lifespan.
Stress Busting Techniques
There are many different techniques you can use to combat daily stress. If you want to take an active part in temporarily reducing transient stress in your daily life, any of these techniques or methods may prove helpful.
Stop And Breathe
One of the simplest ways to combat stress quickly and effectively is to pause and breathe. Find a place where you can safely stop what you are doing, pause, and take at least three deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly and fully. Be conscious about what you are doing and how your body feels. Four or five breaths should be sufficient for almost anyone to feel calmer and more in control, at least temporarily.
Exercise may be the healthiest way to combat stress. Find an exercise that works for you and stick to it. You could even make it part of your daily routine. Ten minutes of vigorous exercise may be all it takes to make you feel less stressed.
Exercise isn’t right for everyone. It takes commitment, and for people with injuries or limited mobility, it may be difficult or impossible. Also, if you dread exercise you may not get the full stress-busting benefits of a good workout. However, you can start slowly and do exercises that feel safe for your body.
Spiritual Cleansing & Detox
Spiritual cleansing routines, with or without some level of detoxing or dietary change, may be helpful in the search for wellness and a less stress-filled life. Depending on your method, be it yoga, meditation, smudging, or something else, cleansing your body of toxins while you practice a discipline can help you release negative energy and relax. Your mind and your body may both benefit.
Nature has provided multiple ways for humans to combat feelings of stress. The following botanicals contain a variety of soothing, organic compounds that may help people feel more relaxed.
Cannabis is a popular botanical product that may soothe the mind and body by temporarily promoting feelings of calm and tranquility.
Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in cannabis which influence the endocannabinoid system. The primary cannabinoid in cannabis is THC, which is a psychoactive substance. Other cannabinoids like CBD can be found in cannabis in lesser amounts.
Different strains of cannabis have different combinations of cannabinoids that may produce different effects. The duration and strength of these effects depend on factors like metabolism and tolerance to THC, which can vary widely, depending on the user. Some strains of cannabis, like Indica and Indica-dominant strains, are more famous for their ability to promote deep feelings of relaxation, rather than for euphoric or energizing effects.
Cannabis is available in many different forms including extracts, concentrates, pre-rolls, and whole flower, which can be used in a variety of ways. These products can be purchased in dispensaries in some states and can be delivered in many areas, depending on local regulations.
Kratom comes from a tropical evergreen tree, Mitrgyna speciosa. It is popular in Southeast Asia and across the Middle East and Africa, where it is used socially and in traditional medicine.
The active ingredients in kratom are alkaloids, which are concentrated in the leaves. These alkaloids include mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and more.
The three main types of kratom are red vein, green vein, and white vein kratom which have different qualities due to having different concentrations of active ingredients. Depending on the alkaloid balance, some strains are preferred for relaxation while others are preferred for energy. Which strain of kratom works best will depend on the individual. Red kratom is regarded by many to be the best strain for soothing and relaxing effects.
Kratom can be found in different forms, including liquids, lotions, powders, and capsules. You can buy kratom online and at many health stores that stock vitamins and supplements.
Relax And Live Longer
While you can’t escape all the stress in life, these techniques may help you get through your next high-stress incident.
While no method may be 100 percent effective all the time, your body will appreciate any attempt you make at lessening your exposure to stress. So use these methods whenever you can to lessen your personal stress level. By mastering one or more of these techniques, you can take an active role in safeguarding your health and wellness.
Marshall Bone is a writer, copy strategist and all-around stylish guy who has been following trends in GQ for more than two decades. Voted best-dressed both his junior and senior year, Bone has continued this legacy and can be found covering various topics from men’s fashion to self care and grooming. He enjoys reading and is based in the greater Los Angeles area.