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Tips to Manage the Ill Effects of Stress

      Interestingly everyone has had periods of stress that were difficult to manage. Everyone’s perception of stress is different and what is a mountain to climb for one, may not be for another. Short term stress in certain situations may be normal and typically doesn’t require medication but some simple coping strategies. For example, a car accident, a new job or starting a new school can cause an increase in stress hormones in the short term. However, ongoing stress increases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that impacts health.

     Stress can be managed often with a few adjustments such as:

DAILY EXERCISE. Exercise increases feel good hormones, endorphins and increases oxygen to the brain. It helps to reduce cortisol. Everyone has varying degrees of fitness and some exercises are better for others. For those who feel stressed, irritated and more wired vigorous activity such as running, speed walking, aerobics, rowing, running or karate may be helpful. Others who may feel burned out, will find benefit with more gentle exercises such as walking, yoga or tai chi work better. Walking on a nice trail in nature helps to change focus and divert one’s mind from daily stressors.

BREATHING EXERCISES AND MEDITATION. Taking simple deep breaths from your belly can bring a feeling of calm and help to reduce stress greatly. Deep breathing is easy to do anywhere. Also meditation can be helpful for supporting deep breathing but also guided meditations to support certain goals such as to reduce stress, switch up a mindset, and provide relaxation and deep belly breathing techniques.  

TAKE MENTAL NOTES AND CHANGE YOUR THINKING. Everyone perceives stress and life events differently. A way to shift your mindset from stress is to empower yourself by changing your thoughts of the experience. Make notes on how this experience is helping you in a certain way. Some thoughts may be, it is teaching me time management, compassion for others or myself, forgiveness of myself or others and so on. Some people find that writing down what they are grateful for daily, helps to shift one’s mindset onto things that help focus on positivity rather than lack. Know that if the situation cannot change, it is something you cannot control. However, you can control how you react and learn from the experience.

DON’T SELF MEDICATE WITH FOODS AND OTHER STIMULANTS. Aim to eat whole foods as much as possible. Drinks should be water or herbal tea. When people become tired or lack sleep they tend to over indulge in coffee, tea, sweets and or refined carbohydrates. In the long term, those choices influence contribute to a cycle of energy and fatigue, blood sugar issues and more hormonal problems.

TRY NATURAL REMEDIES. If the above steps do not provide enough relief, certain herbs and supplements may be helpful depending on your reaction to stress. For example,

FOR BURN OUT. Try B Complex, Vitamin C and the herb called Rhodiola.  Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps with multi tasking and stamina. The homeopathic remedy, Kali Phos, helps to support the nervous system during times of stress. It is also good for burn out from over work or over study.

FOR WIRED ANXIETY STRESS. Try herbs such as magnolia, ashwaganda, holy basil or avena sativa. Other supplements such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and the amino acids taurine and l theanine may prove useful.

Homeopathic remedies are very helpful in supporting one’s individual needs when the right remedies are found. Homeopathy is a medicine that is suited to one’s unique symptom picture, so two people suffering with symptoms of stress would require different remedies according to their symptoms. Homeopathic medicines help the person suffering from their unique symptoms not just the name of the disease. Homeopathic medicine in a potency higher than 6CH does not carry any side effects. There are many remedies for stress and homeopathy but it would provide a deeper level of health support, than supplementing with vitamins, herbs or amino acids. For example, the remedy Ignatia is useful for stress from a grief or loss of a loved one. The person may feel emotional, weepy and have the sensation of a lump in the throat. The remedy called colubrina is useful for people who are sedentary, may over work in a desk job. They may feel stressed and drink alcohol and then in the morning look for caffeine for a boost. They may have a tendency to constipation and a bad temper. These remedies are much more individualized than herbs and supplements are.

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