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All-Natural Ways to Get Your Calm On

Looking for all-natural ways to get your calm on? Start here! Stress affects nearly every aspect of our lives. It can alter our eating habits, infiltrate our relationships, disrupt our productivity at work, and wreak havoc on our mental, emotional, and physical health. Sounds pretty scary, right? As overwhelming as it sounds, stress and anxiety don’t have total control over us–we actually have the ability to manage stress and anxiety ourselves.

We’ve rounded up some of the best and easiest ways to handle stress in a holistic way. All of these tips are beginner-friendly, so you can start naturally managing stress right away.


There are tons of non-medical tools that offer scientifically-backed benefits when it comes to handling stress! They don’t have to cost an arm and a leg either; there are many affordable, accessible, low-tech options out there. Here are a few examples of helpful tools for stress:

  • Weighted blankets
  • Ice packs and rollers
  • Noise-reducing or noise-canceling headphones
  • Weighted blankets
  • Compression garments
  • Essential oils
  • Journals
  • Meditation apps or streaming services

These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can find more in-depth information on the benefits that different types of tools have to offer here(optional link to 8 Helpful Tools for Managing Anxiety & Stress ). You probably already own one or two simple tools–whether they’re mentioned on this list or not–that you can take advantage of and start reducing stress ASAP!


Listen…no one likes doing the exact same thing day after day, and that’s not what we’re suggesting! You don’t have to reenact Groundhog Day to manage stress effectively. In fact, over-planning your day can have the opposite effect and make you more anxious over time. 


Instead, figure out what your non-negotiables are and plan around them! Your routine should be something you look forward to and it doesn’t have to disrupt your life. Maybe you feel best when doing a 15-minute morning routine that includes meditation and journaling or a nighttime routine that includes taking CBD and doing some gentle restorative yoga, then curling up with a book before bed–it doesn’t have to be too complicated. Try to pick one or two things at a time and build a routine around them until you feel established and ready to add more.


Routines can also evolve over time to fit your lifestyle, so you’re not bound to the same thing forever if you don’t want to be. Don’t be afraid to switch things up if you feel like something isn’t working for you, even if it did in the past. Right now you may love turning on white noise while you meditate, but tomorrow you may crave something different.


Have you heard of breathwork? Breathwork is the collective term for breathing exercises and techniques, many of which can help you naturally improve your stress levels. They range from beginner-friendly techniques you can try for yourself at home to more advanced ones that you should try with a professional (at least the first few times), but the coolest thing about breathwork is that once you learn a method you have access to it forever. Breathwork can be used virtually anywhere and anytime, so you can rely on it wherever you go!


One easy breathwork technique for reducing anxiety is box breathing. Close your eyes and start counting, breathing in for four seconds, holding your breath with a full lung for four seconds, exhaling for four seconds, and holding your breath with an empty lung for four seconds. Then repeat! Many people find imagining a square in their mind while doing this technique to be helpful, hence the name. Once you’ve mastered a few basic techniques, you can continue expanding your practice.


Meditation is another incredibly accessible (and proven!) method for managing stress–it goes with you everywhere, though you may have preferences for certain types of conditions for meditation. If you’ve never meditated before, it’s a good idea to start somewhere you’re comfortable, like at home, and try a guided meditation to get the hang of things. 


This one is a favorite of therapists that specialize in anxiety and panic disorders. Grounding practices, like meditation and breathwork, can be taken with you and used anywhere, anytime, and can work quickly to calm you down if you feel yourself getting worked up. 


One grounding technique that’s pretty easy to remember is the 5-4-3-2-1 method. If you feel yourself starting to become anxious, try using your senses to observe your environment and take your attention away from stressful thoughts. Can you name 5 things you can see, four things you can touch or feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste?


By the time you reach taste, you may feel much more relaxed and present, and you might have even forgotten about what was making you feel anxious in the first place. If not, you can repeat the process, finding new things each time until you start to feel better.


Pharmaceutical meds aren’t the only solution to anxiety. Herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and other natural boosters can be just as effective in managing stress. While anxiety meds may be right for some, they aren’t necessarily right for everyone. The same applies to supplements, so always check with your doctor before taking something new. 


Anyway, back to the supplements. Sometimes anxiety stems from a nutrient deficiency, so taking dietary supplements like omega 3’s, magnesium, and vitamin B6 might be the key to lowering anxiety if yours is diet-related.


If your anxiety isn’t due to a nutritional gap–and even if it is–herbal supplements can help! Herbal supplements like green tea, ashwagandha, chamomile, passionflower, and CBD are all great for stress. CBD, in particular, plays nice with your nervous system to help you relax, but not all CBDs are created equal. Try our full-spectrum Calm CBD Roll-on or CBD Tincture and see why so many rely on it as their go-to for managing stress.


If it feels like anxiety is running your life and you’re struggling to manage it on your own, there’s absolutely no shame in getting help from a professional. If you’re wary of taking the “traditional” medicine path, you can see a holistic practitioner or a functional medicine doctor for nature-focused solutions to getting your stress levels under control. There’s no shame in seeing your regular MD either. Do what’s best for you and incorporate these holistic tips where they make the most sense for your situation!

Aria Hastings

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