I am so stressed out! Is one of the most common health complaints that I hear on a weekly basis. It does not seem to matter what age, gender or occupation one is dealing with. Stress is a factor in everyones life!
So how to deal with it day to day?
First lets define the word stress. The Oxford English Dictionary defines stress as
"a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.'
However not all stress has to be distress but instead can be happy stress such as planning a wedding, celebratory parties or the birth of a new one. Actually we need stress to get us up and moving and under normal circumstances the body will easily adapt to stress and most of the time we do not even notice.
It is only when the stress starts to take over that our bodies have a problem getting back in balance and we start to feel the effects of the stress on our bodies and on our well being.
So what can be done? First and I am not being a smarty pants here, just breathe. Seriously deep breathing helps your nervous system to switch gears from "flight or fight' mode to 'rest and digest' mode which calms everything down. Three deep breaths anywhere and anytime can instantly help.
Making the time to do meditation, yoga, tai chi, walking, having lunch, walking in nature or a belly laugh with your friends all have positive effects on one's well being. Find what works for you!
If you are experiencing a lot of stress, the first step is to identify what stresses you out the most and strive to resolve it as best you can one stressor at a time.
If you are really feeling the ill effects of stress there are herbs specifically designed to help and they are called adaptagenic herbs and as as their name implies they help the body adapt to stress. Some of these herbs are licorice, ashwagahanda, ginseng and there are many more. Adding some nervine herbs may helpful as well such lemon balm, scullcap and passionflower to name a few. A word of caution, some herbs can interact with some pharmaceuticals or health conditions so always check with your local herbalist or pharmacist.
Choosing some natural therapies such as energy work, aromatherapy or massage can help the body, mind and emotions to relax and let go as well.
As you are unique in body and soul what works for your friend may not work for you. This may be a time to seek some help on what is best for you and your needs. Having a plan can go a long way in helping to relieve your stress levels.
And remember Just breathe....
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So what can you do? First identify your stressors and determine which ones you can change and which ones you cannot. Obviously change the ones you can and learn to deal with the ones you cannot.