3. Practicing yoga is amazing, but these two poses, in particular, can really help
Kama also suggested practicing inversions for stress-relief and holding poses like headstands or downward-dog. According to Yoga Journal, when one comes down from Headstand, one often feels clearer and calmer. The common assumption is that Headstand floods the brain with freshly oxygenated blood, and the brain is refreshed.
If doing headstand seems too advanced, any pose where the head is below the hips will help you access a similar sensation of relief and calm.
4. Get grounded to ease tension
“Getting grounded is a great strategy to ease tension and anxiety in a holistic way,” says Antoinette Beauchamp, co-founder of One And Many. Which we have definitely found to be true for ourselves. Finding a way to reground ourselves and practicing mindfulness always helps us feel a little bit better. So we asked Antoinette for some of her favorite grounding techniques, because we really wanted to take notes.
Grounding Techniques to Ease Anxiety:
- Create a sacred space (or multiple!) in your home. Fill it with things that bring you ease.
- Get some fresh air and go for a walk. If there’s sunshine, soak it in!
- Stay still; linger in bed in the mornings if you can. Meditate there, journal there, and breathe there before you jump out to start your day.
- Meditation is a great way to root into the present moment and ease anxiety.
- Choose (or create!) a playlist that reminds you of good times and listen to music that triggers a positive memory.
- Walk barefoot and think of walking around barefoot as moving meditation.
- Get up and stretch your body throughout the day.
5. Incorporate this naturally-occurring ingredient that can reduce stress
We can’t forget about the gut-brain connection. Our brain is connected to our gut through several different ways including our nervous system, neurotransmitters, and gut microbes. The gut so closely resembles the brain that it’s sometimes referred to as the “second brain”. And because this connection is so strong, when we get stressed we can trigger a reaction in our gut (or vice versa).
According to Harvard Medical School, research has found that probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function and reduce stress and anxiety. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and (some) kombucha are great sources of probiotics. Unfortunately, not all kombucha on the market is brewed to preserve the naturally-occurring probiotics that come from fermentation. Kombucha that’s been pasteurized harms the rich ecosystem of probiotics that comes with fermentation, so powdered probiotics are added after the fact. Truly raw and live kombucha, like Better Booch, is packed full of probiotics, yeast, and enzymes that are preserved so they have the most benefit to your body.
Don’t stress if it takes time
There is no one-size-fits-all way to reduce stress. Experiment until you find something that works for you and take your time. Because the last thing you need is more stress.