????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Ever feel like there is just too much on your shoulders? Picture a waitress handed one plate, then another and another, until she is playing the balancing act. Sometimes life can feel this way. Between families pulling us in different directions and work challenges, stress can creep its way in. It may show up for you in the form of a headache, a neck full of knots, or a sore back. Not enough downtime may even result in a poor immune system making you more susceptible to illness.

Stress is a part of life. But, the way we deal with it can make all the difference. There are a variety of natural ways to help reduce it.

One of the best things in preventing and treating stress is getting enough sleep. Your body and mind needs time to recharge. Sometimes life can be so busy that we don’t find the time we need to rest. It’s like running a smartphone down to low and expecting it to perform like it’s fully charged.

Other ways to reduce stress include taking a walk or practicing yoga. Exercise can actually increase endorphins “happy feelings.” Plus, you can burn improve your health while you’re at it.

Nix the caffeine if you can. Caffeine can actually increase anxiety and lead to a crash. Turn to food like salmon and almonds for stress relief through food.

You might also try getting a massage. You don’t have to go crazy with an hour-long expensive session. In fact, just 15 minutes in a chair can work wonders for your stress levels.

Life gets busy. It can be a struggle to balance everything. But, you can only pile the plates so high until they all fall. Stress is guaranteed to happen, but it’s how you manage it that keeps it in check. Promote healthy living by getting the rest you need and recharge, so you can be a better you!