10 ways to reduce stress in your 30s (naturally!)

Okay hear us out – life really gets good in your 30s! But as most of the major milestones in your life comes into clear view, so does the stress…

Finding natural ways to cope with your stress levels in your 30s is essential for your long term health and mental wellbeing, especially when you’re juggling responsibilities, including work, family, and personal growth.

Here are ten effective ways to reduce stress naturally that you can start doing today!

1. Regular Exercise

Engaging in physical activity is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators. Take your dog for a 15 minute walk or finally join that mom’s exercise group!

2. Mindfulness Meditation

We love this one because it doesn’t ask anything extra from us, and it reduces stress and promote calmness. Dedicate a few minutes each day to sit quietly, focus on your breath, and let go of racing thoughts. Struggling to clear your mind? Apps and guided meditation sessions can be helpful for beginners.

3. Deep Breathing

Simple deep-breathing exercises can quickly reduce stress symptoms – wherever you are! Try the 4-7-8 technique: inhale for a count of 4, hold for 7, and exhale for 8. Repeat a few times.

4. Adequate Sleep

If your beautician couldn’t convince you to sleep more for your skin, let us try! Sleep rejuvenates both the body and mind. It is crucial for detoxing and hormone balance. Get those 8 hours of sleep per night by creating a calming routine that helps you get in bed at a regular time, and if you are stressed and busy beyond that – look at some natural supplements to help you sleep when you’re starting out!

5. Healthy Diet

Yes, especially if you’re a mom with young kids we know your snacks are the leftover NikNaks that fell on the car seat! But try and get some other colours on your plate too by keeping healthy snacks in the fridge to grab and avoiding an excess of the things we know are bad when we don’t keep it moderate – excessive caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. These can exacerbate stress.

Also nourish your body with supportive herbal supplements (because let’s face it, your stressors are unlikely to go away…) – because the modern life is super demanding, your body absolutely deserves support for its core functions, including lowering your cortisol levels, detoxing, and regulating your period. 

6. Limit Stimulants

Our old friends are back and making stress mess us up more than ever – caffeine and alcohol! Avoid these in the afternoon and evening, as they tend to disrupt sleep and increase stress levels.

7. Time Management

Make those lists – but more importantly, where possible you can time-block to set priorities and manage tasks effectively (especially if you own your own business). This will help you bring calm and predictability into your day.

8. Social Connections

Our with the toxic friendships or family members and in with love and support! Did you know that social support can act as a buffer against stress? Yup, one of the most natural ways to reduce your stress is to hang out with people who make you feel happy!

9. Hobbies and Relaxation

Noooo, the side hustle can’t be your hobby too! Find a relaxing, joyous activity outside of work to create a break in your focus and allow you to rest and reset. Some ideas include gardening, reading, painting, or playing an instrument – because pursuing something enjoyable reduces stress!

10. Limit Screen Time

This is probably the easiest one. Excessive screen time, especially on smartphones and social media, can contribute to stress and anxiety. Set boundaries and take digital detox breaks to disconnect and recharge.

You can start incorporating these natural stress-reduction techniques into your daily routine today to help you manage your stress levels effectively.

Remember that everyone’s stressors and coping strategies are unique, so it’s important to find what works best for you. Additionally, if stress becomes overwhelming or chronic, consider seeking support from a mental health professional or counselor for personalized guidance and strategies.

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