A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Stress
I had a question the other day about stress.
Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you’re used to.
When you’re stressed, your body responds like you’re in danger.
It makes hormones to speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy.
Some stress is normal and even useful.
Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly.
But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects.
It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping.
It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease.
If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse.
It can make you moody, tense, or depressed.
Your relationships may suffer, and you may not do well at work or school.
The good news is you can learn ways to manage stress.
To deal with stress it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that acts as a sedative and nerve tonic.
*Bilberry prevents destruction, mutation, and premature death of cells throughout your body.
*Ginkgo biloba helps with proper brain function and good circulation (don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure).
*For a good anti-stress tonic, mix 1/2 teaspoon of any 3 of these herbs and steep in 2 cups of almost-boiling distilled water, or use alcohol-free extracts mixed in water: catnip, dong quai, rehmannia, schizandra, tulsi, hops, passionflower, skullcap, valerian, wild oat.
*Essential oil of mandarin, used together with bergamot oil in an aromatherapy lamp, is a proven stress reducer. Mix 5 drops of mandarin oil with 3 drops of bergamot oil.
*Eat a diet of 50-75% raw foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables not only supply valuable vitamins and minerals, but are rich in flavonoids, many of which scavenge and neutralize dangerous free radicals.
*Avoid processed foods and all foods creating stress on your system, like artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, junk foods, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, foods containing preservatives or heavy spices, and chips and similar snack foods.
*Eliminate dairy products from your diet for 3 weeks. Then reintroduce them slowly, watching for returning symptoms. During this time, make a point to get calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D from other foods or supplements, as they’re found mainly in dairy products.
*Limit your intake of caffeine.
*Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and mood-altering drugs. While these may offer temporary relief from stress, they do nothing to really address the problem, and they’re harmful to your health. The stress will still be there the next day.
*Follow a monthly fasting program.
*Get regular exercise. Physical activity can clear your mind and keep stress under control. Some people like to run or walk by themselves, while others prefer team sports or group workouts. Any type of exercise will do the trick, as long as it’s regular.
*Learn to relax. Relaxation is often difficult for people suffering from stress, but it’s necessary.
*Get enough sleep each night. This may be difficult because stress can keep you up at night, but it’s very important. The less sleep you get, the more stress will affect you, the more your immune system will weaken, and the greater your chance of becoming ill will be.
*Try meditation. Many people find regular meditation helps them relax and handle stress. It doesn’t have to be spiritual or religious.
*Practice deep breathing. This can be done when facing a stressful situation – at home, at work, in your car, or elsewhere. Do this 4-5 times, or until the tension passes.
*Monitor your internal conversations. The way we talk to ourselves has a lot to do with how we feel about ourselves and our environments.
*Identify the sources of stress in your life. This can be an important first step in managing stress.
*Take a day off. Take a drive, listen to music, go to the beach or lake, read – whatever you find rewarding and relaxing.
*Pursue a hobby. Hobbies are great for relieving stress.
*Avoid hassles. Identify the things making you feel stressed and either eliminate them from your life or prepare yourself to cope with them.
*Don’t repress or deny your emotions. This only compounds stress. Admit your feelings and accept them.
*Work on creating a stress-free home environment. Keep the noise level down – noise contributes to stress. Turn down the radio, stereo, and television. Throw rugs and wall hangings absorb noise and are good additions to decor.
*Try not to take life too seriously. Learn to laugh.
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