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Natural Remedies for Stress & Anxiety

Written by Kris Dano

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another. The basic difference between stress and anxiety is that stress is a spontaneous reaction to a situation. In contrast, anxiety can be defined as a reaction to stress. Stress can cause difficulty in sleeping, feeling of pressure, depression, and others if not tackled on time. In comparison, anxiety can cause fear or apprehension, which can be very mild or even severe at times.

Today’s lifestyles and ways of living are the major cause of stress in most people. They encounter it almost every day, and it can hamper their thought process, mindset, focus, and intellect. Dealing with stress and anxiety can be traumatic, but don’t worry, it is treatable. While some people aid themselves with medication, others cure it with natural remedies.

Here are a few Natural Remedies that Can Alleviate Stress and Anxiety effectively:

  1. Exercise 

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to reduce stress hormones arising in any situation.

It is a great way of burning anxious energy, and researchers as well brace this method. The benefits of exercise are at their peak when the physical activities during exercise are performed daily. As it is beneficial for not just your physical health; it’s also good for mental well being. Studies also manifest that exercise can help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and mitigate the effects of stress.

Seeing the positive effects of exercises in combating stress, psychologists are now studying- ‘how a 10-minute walk can relieve anxiety, stress, and, even depression.’ Some studies have concluded that exercise can work quickly in elevating the depressed mood of people prone to stress. Although the effects may be temporary, they show that a simple physical activity can relieve stress and anxiety for several minutes and even hours. 

  1. Interacting With Animals

It is experienced by a myriad of people and even shown by studies that interacting with animals can be a perfect remedy for a stressful day. The majority of pet owners are clear about the fact that their pet is a reason for their immediate joys. Sharing their lives with animals, such people are less prone to the symptoms causing stress and anxiety. Many pets, including dogs and cats, can lower stress, anxiety and counter depression. Moreover, a pet can also help in the healthy aging process of its owners by bringing joy to life, boosting vitality.

Interacting with animals is one of the best ways to treat stress. It has been found in studies too that people who have a pet experience the greatest health gain. A pet does not mean that it has to be a dog or cat. Even watching fish in the aquarium can help in reducing stress and relieve anxiety.

  1. Practicing Meditation

Meditation is a proven method to tackle stress and anxiety for thousands of years. Earlier, considered as a way to understand the deeper meaning of the sacred and mystical forces of life, meditation nowadays is beneficial in fighting many illnesses that are incurable by other means. For this reason, meditation is often used for relaxation and relieving both stress and anxiety. Many types of meditation are practiced today by people of all ages, that include mindfulness, spiritual, focused, mantra, and even yoga is a type of meditation.

Meditation, if practiced daily for as few as 10 minutes, can help in greatly reducing the level of stress and decrease anxiety to achieve a sense of peace and relaxation. Meditation is also considered a type of complementary medicine, which can build a profound state of relaxation and bring serenity to mind.

It has many health benefits like:

  • Reducing Stress
  • Controlling Anxiety
  • Promoting emotional health and mental stability
  • Bringing serenity to the mind
  • Improving sleep cycle
  • Helping in maintaining blood pressure
  1. Listening To Music

In stressful times, listening to music can make you feel elated. Music is a proven method that is known to build concentration and improve focus. It can be utilized to regulate mood, bringing calmness, serenity, and reducing impulsive behaviors.

It has been long proven that listening to soothing music not only can improve mental health. But, it can also boost physical health. Scientifically speaking, music helps keep our minds sharp and builds awareness, particularly in our senescence. Anyone can use music in day to day life to achieve stress benefits and counter anxiety.

Below are some of the benefits of listening to music:

  • It makes you happier.
  • It strengthens memory and develops concentration. 
  • It improves verbal intelligence.
  • It reduces depression and eases anxiety.
  • It helps in improving mental health.

To End,

Living in the 21st century, rising levels of stress and anxiety amongst the masses is quite common. Though many ways can be fruitful in battling stress and anxiety like gifting customizable lockets and other gifts, but natural remedies discussed in this blog are among the most beneficial. 

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Do We Appreciate Our Garbage Men? – Florida

Written by Bruce Walton aka Chunta Ankh

In a world that glamorizes entertainers, I feel we gravely under-appreciate our every day heroes. I’m speaking of those essential workers who, not only risk their lives for us, but carry out task that keep our cities functioning smoothly. We have gotten so used to certain things, that we forget how dire they are to our every day living. Something as simple as…taking out the trash.

Young boy filled with emotion after meeting his hero, the garbage men.

We all hate when we miss one trash day. Why? When we forget to put our trash on the side of the road that trash is left behind until next week. Now we have a hassle. We have to deal with flies, maggots, putting bags by the side of the road to possibly rip, the whole nine. That week is terrible. “Look, at my poor yard”, says everyone that misses a trash day. Now imagine missing a trash month? A trash year? That is the life without our garbage men.

Yet, their appreciation still goes beyond their service.; It’s also the risk. It’s already dangerous enough driving in traffic with speeds that can go from 35 to 55mph. Imagine stopping and going along side these busy roads. Especially, in a vehicle as large as a garbage truck, which limits the amount of road that’s safe to be on. Example, a cyclist has no issues driving on the side of the road when a sedan drives by. There’s enough space. Totally different from when a garbage truck whistles by. Think of that limited space every time a garbage man walks the streets while cars impatiently fly by. Sometimes with no regard. I’m pretty sure we have all done it. We all have places to go and people to see. But is it worth the 3 seconds it would have taken to check your surroundings fully? Let’s check some stories.

The dangers most recently hit home for me on September 18, 2020 at 6:38 in the morning. My little sister notified me that my brother was struck by a van while working his route for his waste recycling job. He was struck while in a customers yard. The driver swerved into the yard to avoid hitting the back of the truck. He suffered a cracked skull, orbital fracture (eye socket), fractured hand, broken nose, and lacerations on the front and back of the head. Through the grace of God, he survived. This would be 1 of many accidents in Florida alone. On May 14th, 2020 in Martin County a fatal crashed occurred when a man rear-ended a garbage truck. On March 17th, 2020 a Bradenton city employed was killed in an accident involving a solid waste front-end loader garbage truck. On Feb.12, 2020 a Leon County waste worker was seriously injured after his garbage truck crashed into a tree. On April 5th, 2019 a Fort Myers waste worker was killed when his truck rolled and pinned him against another vehicle. On Oct 23, 2018 two Daytona Beach drivers were injured when a school bus rear ended a garbage truck. Nov.21st, 2018 a 21 year old Palm Coast man was killed when a Waste Pro truck over turned. At least 57 U.S. waste and recycling workers died on the job in 2018, along with two in Canada and 19 more than in 2017, according to SWANA.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency also provides funding through its Jobs Through Recycling program. This program allocates monies to state, local and tribal government agencies for disbursement to recycling companies that meet its criteria, including a minimum 25 percent match of the federal grant.Even with that, you can’t bring a person back after they have passed. You can’t bring their life back to normal once the have been permanently injured. It’s more so about prevention. We, as a community should advocate more for the safety of these workers. Raise the penalties for speeding around trucks, having a speedometer on the back of trucks to show on-coming traffic how fast they are going and,laws stating that cars can only pass given clearance from the workers.

Men honored for saving a mans life after finding him laying in drive way

These garbage men have families. My brother has a beautiful little girl. Our cities are cleaner because of their courage. It was rumored that some of the major plagues that happened, centuries ago, were the results of trashed cities. This article is for awareness. Just please be patient when you see these men. Be attentive while on the road. Wait to respond to that phone call or text and, do your Google searches and map searches while parked. Let’s show our appreciation by making the roads a safer place. For those of importance in the city, let’s advocate for more funding to these workers and waste companies so, that they can improve wages and safety for these brave men. Thank you!