Stress Management, Anyone?

Individuals complain of experiencing physical pains where most of which are related to stress.  When the body lacks nutrition, its immune system is low, toxins attack the body faster. Aside from the fact that the body needs to be supplemented adequately, other stress-related life situations contribute to the physical pain.

Stress is the body’s way of dealing with potentially dangerous situations, heightening adrenaline levels and increasing alertness. However, prolonged stress and anxiety can be detrimental to mental and physical health. Understanding stress and anxiety and how to deal with it in a natural way can help to eliminate some of the harmful effects stress has on the body.

Stress can impact hormones and fertility as well. When cortisol is high in the body, progesterone is often low because the body uses progesterone to manufacture cortisol. This is often why stress and elevated cortisol levels correlate with trouble conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy. While natural progesterone cream can be helpful, it is important to address the causes as well.

Other physical reactions associated with high stress levels are:

  •  Hair loss (from prolonged stress)
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • increased incidence of heart disease and stroke
  • higher incidence of allergy
  • muscle pain or twitching
  • hormonal and menstrual troubles
  • increased incidence of eczema and psoriasis
  • slower healing from all illness

Types of Stress

Mental and emotional stress are often considered the culprits in stress related problems, but there are also physical stressors that can cause the same problems. Before stress can be reduced, one must figure out what is causing it in the first place.

Certainly, lifestyle factors, hectic schedules or a busy job (like motherhood), can cause stress, but so can other factors like:

  • eating foods that the body is allergic or intolerant to (even if you don’t know you have the allergy)
  • not getting enough sleep
  • toxins in your home or environment
  • an underlying hormone imbalance
  • leptin or insulin resistance

 

What to do about it:

1. Physical stress: To help reduce physical stress, eat a solid real-food diet, get enough sleep and avoid toxins when you can. Take supplements that can boost your immune system such as those rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C. Food supplements and beverages such as barley and tea. Researchers have found a direct relation between tea and stress. According to their findings, tea does help to reduce your level of stress. Whenever you are extremely stressed, drink a cup of tea and you will start feeling much relieved. I love tea-drinking and it’s a sure way of feeling better!

Eat CHOCOLATES. Yes!

How much is just enough?

“Research has shown that 40g of dark chocolate a day can help us cope with stress by releasing ‘happy chemicals’ known as beta endorphins in the brain,” says Spector. “When it comes to a treat, dark chocolate can be a good snack choice to stave off cravings for less healthy choices, while providing a much-needed energy boost without the agitating effects of caffeine.”

Eat SPINACH!

“Spinach and other dark leafy greens like Swiss chard and kale are loaded with magnesium, which has been credited as a major stress fighter, helping to relax muscle fibers and put you at ease,” says Health and Living.

Oranges – for sunshine in your life. Oranges, along with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, red and green peppers and strawberries contain lots of vitamin C, which “boosts your immune system and fights brain-cell damage resulting from constant exposure to cortisol,” says Whole Living.

2.   Emotional Stress: Make time for prayer and meditation.

gratitude journal

Worship instead of worrying. Keep a gratitude journal or enter into the habit of JOURNALING. This is one of my favorite moments where I get the chance to discover myself more and listen to my Creator.

Walk barefooted and be connected to the ground. Nature’s energy will give you an energized breathing experience!

 3.   Mental Stress:  Learn to set your goals and priorities. Focus on one priority at a time. Reading inspirational and motivational books will aid you in sharpening your mind as well as help you develop mental focus.  Spend some time with mentors who carry the same vision as you have. Talk with like-minded individuals who embody your principles and beliefs.

 Next time you feel that stress temperature going up, pause and take a break. Check your habits. Grab that tea, pen and journal. Be grateful that you are alive for the moment!

 

 

Sources:


http://www.healthberth.com
http://www.businessinsider.com
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/best-foods-reduce-stress
http://stress.ezinemark.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/037321_healthy_foods_lowering_stress_almonds.html

http://wellnessmama.com/4925/the-importance-of-balancing-stress-hormones/

http://www.ifood.tv/blog/how-tea-can-reduce-your-stress-level#47I22Iix0pKjSqhz.99

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Coffee PUre Cleanse Diet
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 03:08:58

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
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  3. JET
    Dec 24, 2014 @ 03:33:34

    Reblogged this on AIM Global Healthy and Natural and commented:

    End the year with a blast and begin 2015 by moving on! Trimmer down your stress level by taking the right dose of nutrition and taking good care of your health!

    Reply

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