Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It affects our mood, our sleep, and even the way we think. Stress can cause or worsen anxiety, depression, chronic pain, high blood pressure, obesity and unhealthy eating habits. It can create havoc with our skin as well.

We are often led to believe that the best way to cure stress is by taking pills. But there are much more natural ways to fight stress that can be just as effective at getting you back on track in just minutes.

Try these natural ways to feel more relaxed.

Have a Bath

Taking a bath is an enjoyable way to relax and soothe your nerves. The water can cleanse the body and mind from all the dirt and toxic substances, as well as help reduce stress. Try adding some Epsom salts and essential oils to make it even more luxurious.

Read a Novel

Reading a novel can be a very relaxing experience. It gives you time to focus on something other than your daily life, whether that be work, school, or family obligations. It provides stress relief from the real world by immersing you in another person’s life for a few hours.

Create a natural ambience

Put on some relaxing music with no lyrics so you can allow your mind to switch off and unwind. Another good option is to listen to the sounds of nature, such as the sea, rain or a waterfall. You can even find a fireplace on YouTube that you pop on that makes a great backdrop whilst you are reading a book.

Have a cup of tea

Is there anything that a nice steaming cup of tea cannot solve? The art of making the tea, from boiling the kettle to brewing the tea can give you a chance to step back from your busy day for a moment of calm. Try green tea or fruit tea for added benefits.

Take a walk in nature

Nature has a significant impact on our mood and creativity and it can be a great way to relieve stress. It has even been proven to help with depression, stress and even anxiety.

Nature can give us a sense of peace and tranquillity that we cannot find elsewhere.