Top five tips for stress management
There is little we can do to completely avoid stress considering the many demands we face on a day to day basis. However, there are many things we can do to help manage stress more effectively so it doesn’t manage us.
- Exercise – While we know that exercise improves our overall health and keeps us in shape, it also has some stress‐busting benefits. Physical activity helps boost the production of our brain’s feel‐good chemicals known as endorphins and distracts us from our daily stress and worries. Virtually any form of exercise can act as a stress‐reliever from brisk walking to boxing to tennis to Pilate s, but it is important to pick an activity that you enjoy and make it a priority, regardless of how busy your schedule may be. You will be far more productive in the long run.
- Meditation/Relaxation – Incorporate relaxation or meditation techniques into your day to take your mind off stress and reduce the tension that comes with it. Try having a warm bath with relaxing essential oils such as lavender, give knitting a go, or simply sit in a quiet place and concentrate on your breathing or positive thoughts. Attending a local yoga or meditation class may also help reduce stress levels and recharge your batteries.
- Talk to someone – Many of us internalise our stress or anxiety so we may appear cool, calm and collected on the outside, while our emotions fester on the inside. One of the best remedies for stress can often be to talk it out with a positive or supportive person in your life. After all, a problem shared, is a problem halved.
- Look after yourself – The most important person in your life should be you, so it is important to make yourself and your health and happiness a priority. Nourish your body with nutritious food, get 7‐8 hours of sleep each night, learn to say no rather than taking on more than you can handle and limit the amount of time spent with people who stress you out. It is also important to do something every day that you really enjoy, whether it’s working in your garden, curling up with a good book, calling a friend, having a massage, watching a comedy or listening to music.
- Natural stress remedies – Natural remedies may be helpful in reducing the impact of stress on your body and mind. While a cup of herbal tea may be enough to help you unwind after a stressful day, there are also supplements with various herbal, vitamin and mineral combinations available to assist you when you are feeling a little overwhelmed. Supplements may contain herbs like Siberian ginseng or Rhodiola which may help the body to adapt in stressful situations by maintaining normal mental and physical performance; B group vitamins which support the healthy functioning of our nervous system and may be beneficial during times of stress; Magnesium which is important for nerve function and muscle relaxation, and stress may increase its requirements; Chamomile and Lemon balm herbs, which have a calming effect and may help to relieve nervous tension, and Lactium, a special milk protein which may help to alleviate stress and reduce some of the associated symptoms.
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Published August 20, 2013
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