Meditation and Herbs to Reduce Stress and Mental Fatigue

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly getting bombarded with daily stressors. I’m talking about those subtle stressors that we barely notice yet become accustomed. These ‘micro stressors’ are wreaking havoc on our nervous system; such as phone notifications, traffic, and noise pollution.

We need to adopt tools that help us with releasing stress daily. Here are two of favorite tools I use on a daily basis to manage my stress and anxiety.

One of my favorite tools is meditation. I suffer from anxiety and find that when I incorporate even as little as 10 minutes in the morning to meditation, I deal with things more calmly, I communicate better, and make better decisons overall. Meditation doesn’t have to be all about candles and incense, is as simple as focusing on your breath. Count up to 5 with an inhale and count down to 1 with your exhale. Listen to the sound of your breath as you inhale and exhale. You can play some soothing music if you wish and set your timer so that you don’t have to look at your clock every 5 seconds. Start with 5 minutes and slowly increase the time. 

In addition to meditation, I also find healing herbs can offer calming effects. You can consume herbs as a cup of tea, in a capsule or in a tincture with water – taken as a shot.  

Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, helps with anxiety, nervousness and a low mood. I love this one during the day to help me keep my calm during a stressful day. 

Passion Flower, also known as Passiflora incarnata is a gentle sedative to calm right before bed as it not only calms an overtired mind and body. Passionflower increases the production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms nerves and reduces anxiety. 

Note: Do not consume any herbs without consulting a practioner if you are pregnant, have been diagnosed with a severe illness or are taking medication(s).