When thinking about ways to be the best person we can be we look at ways we can change things around us. We look at our surroundings and think of ways to make our daily stresses disappear. But the thing is, stress doesn’t just vanish simply because we want it to. We have to look deeper into our lives and really think about the situations and environments that we need to change. You know the ones that won’t go away so easily at the end of the night.

For some individuals, the inability to cope with overwhelming or traumatic events can cause stress to arise. While some do not realize that their actions are indicative of high levels of stress, others do not. I have compiled a list that will help you recognize and relieve stress using holistic treatments. This will not only start you off to a great start, but it will propel you to an overall healthier mental lifestyle.

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Recognizing Signs of Stress

Pulling Hair:

Also medically known as trichotillomania, some people do not realize that they are pulling their hair. This can lead to patches of hair missing or permanent baldness.

Canker Sore:

These type of sores develop in your mouth. I can personally attest to these sores because this is how my stress manifests sometimes without me even knowing I have done so. Although no real treatment is offered currently, the good thing is that over time, canker sores disappear.

Increased Periods of Sadness:

It is safe to say that everyone has had a life-changing or stressful time invade their life to where moments of sadness overshadow everything else going on in your life. Sometimes periods of sadness can last for short or longer periods of time; dependent upon the severity of one’s event.

Biting Nails:

When I was younger, I used to bite my nails all the time. No one would be able to see any type of nail at all on my fingers. I do remember whenever I was going to take a test I would have no nails, so of course, during that time biting my nails was my stress reliever.

Tapping Fingers or Feet:

The repetitive actions of this not only makes someone anxious but also nervous. Deep thoughts can lead to the tapping of one’s fingers or feet. When we see others behaving in this manner we often say that they are “fidgety.”

Holistic Treatments for Stress


Soft music such as neo-soul, jazz, classical, and gospel music personally never fails for me. The soothing melodic voices within these genres always eases my mind to explore calm moments in my life.


Self-help books, as well as poems, are always good to read. My favorite poet is Nikki Giovanni. Her imagination and perspective on life take you on a journey as if you are with her through the pages. Poets and authors of that magnitude are always good to keep in your library because you can continuously read them on your leisure.

Adult Coloring Book:

This by far has been the most helpful exercise for me lately. I would’ve never thought that coloring in my older years would be as much fun and relaxing as it has been to me. Adult coloring really allows your mind to imagine colors that you would like to see as your own personal work of art; this opens up your mind to endless ideas.


Yoga happens to be such a relaxing exercise and can be enjoyed for all ages. Not only will you start seeing physical changes in your body, but mentally as well.


Prayer is the main premise of what keeps me grounded. It allows me to realign my focus on God and exclude everything else that is surrounding me. Meditation allows us to go to a quiet place and focus solely on internal balance through slow breathing techniques and soft chants.

Many of us succumb to the pressures of stress. So much so that one can allow this to control the way we spend and function throughout our day. It can dictate the way we interact and communicate with other people – including our loved ones. It can happen to the best of us, especially me. Stress hits me hard and manifests itself in so many different forms in my body that physically and emotionally take a major toll on me. Thankfully there are many options that will allow us to relieve stress ensuring we place ourselves in the best position possible to combat stress. 

Learning holistic ways to deal with our stress can ensure that we are filled with a greater opportunity for a healthier mental lifestyle. Do you have any tips to relieve stress using holistic treatments? Share with me in the comments below.

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April Christina is a health and wellness blogger that resides in New York City. After being diagnosed with endometriosis back in 2010, she decided to turn her passion into purpose by educating people that adopting a healthier lifestyle can be fun and invigorating. April is a firm believer that loving yourself and your body comes from within first before it can be shown outwardly. She continues to inspire people on her website endoNme.com and Instagram platform @endoNme.
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