Between family, work, and all of the other stressors in our lives, it’s never been more important to take time out to decompress. Stress can cause everything from headaches and heart issues to asthma and arthritis to insomnia and skin conditions. So we checked in with our resident wellness aficionado Tony Gonzalez for a few quick tips for reducing yours:
Go to bed. Adults require seven to nine hours of sleep a night to replenish. Need some help drifting off? Ditch the screens at least an hour before you hit the hay, try taking a warm bath, and reading by low light.
Exercise. Regular exercise—walking, running, hiking, yoga, strength training, whatever you like best—three to five times a week can do wonders for your anxiety levels.
Go essential. With oils, of course. Essential oils like lavender, lemon, and peppermint have been proven to ease your mind and boost energy. And chamomile will help you get more zzz’s. (We like the sleek polished-wood style of this diffuser from InnoGear.)
Meditate. Take a deep breath, hold, then let it go. Repeat. (Up to 10 times or more, if necessary.)
Eat a pick. Who knew that eating fermented food like pickles, yogurt, and sauerkraut could help reduce your stress? Try throwing a few pickled onions into your next salad (you can make your own with this ceramic fermentation crock set).