10 folk tips and recommendations for dealing with stress
We know that psychologists base their opinions and advice on many years of practice and scientifically proven methods, but at the same time they do not challenge traditional methods and ways of treating stress. Folk advice and recommendations are always current and welcome because they are passed down from generation to generation and their effectiveness has been proven.
The most important thing to prevent great stress is any possible avoidance of stimulators of excess energy and hyperactivity (which originates in the head and is additionally stimulated by drinks with caffeine and alcohol). Caffeine and alcohol are stimulants that only intensify the feeling of nervousness and often contribute to a higher degree of tension. Drink as much unsweetened juices, herbal teas, mineral and plain water as possible instead of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.
Stress is often defined as a condition when a person has a lot (and too many) obligations and a lack of time to fulfill the set goals. You should set a limit of your own endurance, otherwise the well-known “burn out” occurs. Learn and know your own limits without fear of rejection, conflict and lost opportunities. Set current priorities with acceptable (family, friendship, neighborhood or business) obligations. Listen to your own breathing. Spend a few minutes every day listening to your breathing. Inhale and exhale slowly. This slows down the pace and calms the heartbeat.
- Conversation/talks with others is very important – share your problems with close and important people in your life because their opinion will also mean “seeing the problem from a different angle”.
- Step away from your cell phone for at least a few hours a day – keep your cell phone out of reach for at least a few hours a day. Direct your thoughts in another direction and rest your eyes. Take a walk, introduce a short daytime nap/rest, try a new recipe, be creative.
- Laughter is important – laugh as loud as you can and as often as you can in your normal everyday life. Smile at passers-by, shopkeepers, people you don’t know at all. This is how you will improve the day of even unknown people around you.
- Writing thoughts several times a week – write about past, present and future events. Write your own thoughts and observations in a diary, because this is how the heart and soul are freed from the burden.
- The smell of citrus reduces stress – this has really been proven. The smell of any citrus (lemon, lime, orange) reduces stress levels.
- Weekly plan – if possible, make a schedule for the next week and try to stick to the schedule/plan. At the same time, don’t forget that rest is part of life.
- Herbal preparations – many plants have a calming effect. They are used in the form of infusion, tea or medicinal liquid. It is recommended to use soothing herbal preparations in courses or during periods of strong nervous tension. It is necessary to take breaks because even this way of relaxation should not become a norm and a habit. Valerian, lemon balm, oregano, chamomile, lemon balm with mint are used.
- Relaxation baths – baths with the addition of aromatic oils or herbal decoctions are a good way to relax. Decoctions of oregano, lavender, rosemary, mint, lemon balm, oregano are used. Basil, verbena, orange and anise essential oils are used.
- Crying gives good relaxation and relieves nervous tension. Scientific studies say that tears contain peptides (substances that increase a person’s resistance to stress).
- Listen to your own breathing. Spend a few minutes every day listening to your breathing. Inhale and exhale slowly. This slows down the pace and calms the heartbeat.