STRESS CAN ROB US OF OUR ENERGY AND VITALITY! THERE ARE ALARMING STATISTICS OF HOW IT AFFECTS OUR BODIES AND BRAINS CONTRIBUTING TO NUMEROUS HEALTH PROBLEMS! Medications can help an acute situation such as an emergency but are not effective for chronic/long term use. There ARE BETTER WAYS and HOPE! (In reading these tips, keep in mind that regularity is key. You can't exercise, eat right or sleep once in a while to truly reap the benefits).
Here's just a few:
Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, go for a walk in nature or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals and make them healthy. Blood sugar imbalances can contribute to mood disorders. Additionally unhealthy meals (like too much sugar, carbs, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine) can cause poor concentration and fluctuating energy and poor quality sleep causing hormonal imbalances which in turn also contributes to stress, anxiety and depression. Keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
Be mindful. Think about what you think about! Are you being your own worse enemy? Be honest with yourself but don't beat yourself up if you find you are. Rather, use it as an opportunity for change, grow and have a new perspective.
Get regular massage. Like exercise, regular massage has been proven effective for stress, anxiety and depression.Click here to schedule.
Positive influence. Unfortunately, we cannot always be around positive influences so make good choices when you can. If you have a friend or friends who are always complaining and having "pity parties" playing the victim, this will not help you. Even movies, tv, mediia, work, and work colleagues can have a positive or negative effect on us so be aware so you can make adjustments where helpful.
Limit alcohol and caffeine. These aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Things like certain teas, playing and laughing more, having a positive social network, specific supplements, better eating and lifestyle habits (exercise, etc) can help us get rid of habits that work against us.
Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. If you have trouble sleeping, read my blog "Tips to improve sleep".
Exercise daily. A renowned expert in dealing with anxiety reported exercise as being the #1 most important component to helping with anxiety as well stress and depression.
Prayer and meditation. Remember prayer is communicating and connecting with your creator. The bible says we "are made in the image of God. God's spirit is love, forgiveness, peace, strength, grace, mercy, and so many other wonderful qualities that has healing power and when you pray that is what you are connecting with. Meditation, like prayer, helps to disconnect our minds from being bombarded with all the stuff of life. It's a needed mini-vacation that can recharge, give answers and calm our minds, bodies and spirit.
Set goals. Goals keep us on track and moving forward. They can give us motivation and direction. I find putting them into categories like finances/career, health/physical, family, spiritual, etc with a timeline helps me best. BUT, don't aim for perfection and appreciate the journey. If you don't meet a goal, DON'T beat yourself up. Rather re-evaluate it and see if it's a reasonable goal and time frame.
Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
Intimacy and sex. We all need this. In the book, "His Needs, Her Needs", the author and counselor found that these our some of our greatest needs for both sexes.
Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.
Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress, as well as keeping things in perspective (ever served the homeless?).
Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.
Consider supplements and teas rather then medication. The best supplements for anxiety, stress and depression are: 5-HTP, Fish oil (Essetial Fatty Acids), B-omplex, Theanine,
Magnesium, GABA, and *Herbs like
Rhodiola roea, Camu Camu, St.John's wart, and Ashwagandha.
* Consult with your doctor if you are taking a anti-anxiety or anti-depression medication.
In addition, instead of coffee that can excerbate anxiety and stress out the adeneal glands, try teas (many come in relaxing ore calming formulas like: Passion Flower, Kava,
Skullcap, and Valerian Root.
Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.
For additional help and information, also visit my new website Tailored Wellness!