Stop and take a deep breath. You are doing your best. Stress and anxiety affect everyone differently, and these are uncertain times. Stress starts out feeling similar to an adrenaline surge. It’s your body’s way of helping you get through a rough situation, but it quickly bottoms out.
Americans Are Stressed
America is feeling it, and stress is at an all-time high. So if this is sounding familiar, you’re not alone.
Keep reading, there is some encouragement here. This story is about how a friendly couple paid for our lunch during one of the most stressful times, and how a simple act of kindness sparked a lesson on kindness and a trip to the local greenhouse.
Hey, Pay Attention!
Stress and anxiety are how our bodies say, “Hey, pay attention!” It’s important to understand why our stress levels are high so we can implement changes and make time to relax. After a while, long-term stress may lead to fatigue, irritability, and even depression.
Natural and Affordable Stress Relievers
Life can be tough, and situations can easily bring on stress and anxiety. If treated early, many people find relief through natural methods.
Here are some effective and affordable ways to combat stress today.
- take a walk
- light exercise
- use essential calming oils
- reduce caffeine intake
- learn to breathe through issues
- talk with a close friend
Purifying Herbs for Stress and Anxiety
Today, herbs are readily available in most grocery stores and nurseries. Everyday house plants even are beneficial for reducing stress, anxiety, and help purify your home or office.
Over the years, people found purifying herbs beneficial to protect the body from stress. There are many natural ways to soothe and heal the nervous system.
High Five for Stress Relief
Herbs like Mint, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Lavender, and Holy Basil are just a few of the top five herbs with calming and stress relieving properties. Maybe you have these in your garden or on your kitchen counter.
I like to keep a small container garden of herbs growing on the front porch of our little 1940s farmhouse. With warmer days around the corner, we’re going to need them for our ice-cold lemonades or infused waters!
Benefits Of Purifying Herbs
- they increase and purify the air by absorbing toxins
- help sharpen your focus
- boost mood and productivity
Calming Herbs for Stress and Anxiety
Lemon balm-encourages calmness and alertness and is a mood booster.
Lavender has been enjoyed for centuries for its fragrance and calm-inducing qualities. Essential oils and natural soaps infused with lavender are some of the most common products.
Chamomile is a flowering herb in resemblance to a daisy. The most common forms of this plant are German and Roman. Enjoy a hot cup of chamomile tea after a stressful day or an evening when you can’t sleep.
Mint has qualities to boost alertness and lower frustration. It helps soothe upset stomachs and indigestion. Mint leaves are something simple to add to a favorite beverage.
Passion Flower-boosts GABA levels in the brain, which promotes relaxation. Herbalists have noted that passionflower may ease generalized anxiety with fewer side effects than prescribed sedatives.
The Stress Of Covid-19
It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since we first learned of covid-19. There was the initial 14-day lockdown, essential trips only, and the uncertainty of how long this virus would last.
2020 brought stress as many had never seen. Loss of a job to support their families, loss of homes, and unfortunately, even the loss of loved ones.
With a tough year behind us, many are dealing with the long-term effects of stress.
- Lack of Sleep
Kindness During A Pandemic
It was about this time last year on an essential shopping trip to town that sparked this post. After getting groceries, we made a detour through our favorite drive-thru.
We had about a 15-minute wait in line, but that was fine with me, my girls and I were enjoying being out of the house! We finally pull up the window just to hear, “your meal was already paid for ma’am.” The kind couple ahead of us had paid for our lunch! I wish they could have seen the smiles on my girls’ faces. And the questions that followed. “Why mom? Why did they do that?”
We said a prayer for this family why praying for our food asking the Lord to bless them in a special way for their kindness. It set the tone for an enjoyable ride home discussing what a random act of kindness was and some creative ideas on how we could show kindness to others.
There is much uncertainty in the world right now. Chances are you or someone you know may struggle with stress or anxiety.
Pay it forward
The week before this story happened, I actually researched the framework for this blog post. I wanted to share with you some natural ways to lower stress. Then I thought, “what a great way to take this further.” A few days later, we visited our local greenhouse and purchased some beautiful herbs.
We gathered up a few items we had around the house and packaged them up. We added a brief note and delivered them to a few friends and neighbors I thought could use some encouragement. Even the mail delivery lady got one! I enjoyed doing this with my girls and showing them how a simple act can truly change someone’s day.
What simple act or service have you experienced lately, and what could you do today to change someone’s day?