Top Tips for Kicking Stress Out of Your Life

Mental Fitness, Relaxation

Chill Out!

That’s sounds good doesn’t, it – Kicking stress clean out of your life?! Sure, it’d be more appropriate to refer to it as “Managing the stress in your life” – but that’s not nearly as satifsying. We all have times when we need to relax and chill out – or Chillax, as it were – just like the Polar Bear in the pic.

We’ve gone over them before, but it’s too important to let that stop us from doing it again – so here are the symptoms of Stress: anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, stomach problems, sweating, racing heart, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, and irritability. While it would seem impossible to imagine someone suffering from stress without FULLY realizing it – if you think about it, it’s not that surprising.

After all, deep down, we all pretty much believe we’re capable of anything. We overestimate what we’re able to do and how much we’re able to handle. That’s why we often bite off more than we can chew and chew more than we could ever possibly swallow. We simply don’t often realize our limitations until we land smack dab in the middle of them.

That mentality combined with the human concept of “It could never happen to me…” lead to countless people walking around stressed to the max without even realizing it. Maybe if more realized it, recognized it and dealt with it, the collective stress levels in our society would start to lower to a healthier level.

So, what are the top tips for getting rid of stress?

1. Get more rest. If you’re having trouble convincing sleep to come, try different techniques until you find what works for you – try a fan, music, warm bath, cereal, Benadryl…. Often, it’s just a case of establishing a routine and sticking to it. It could make a world of difference.

2. Get more exercise. Studies have found that regular exercisers score higher on measures of psychological well-being and lower levels of stress. (It also helps with #1 – the more activity you get, the easier sleep will come for you.)

3. Take a vitamin supplement. The more I read about vitamins, the more I’m convinced that many, many, many, many ailments and complaints we have can be attributed directly to a lacking of certain vitamins and minerals. Our bodies require these vitamins and minerals to run properly – and if there’s a deficiency in a particular vitamin, our body and mind will react to it.

A lot of nutritionists point to vitamin C as being especially helpful for dealing with stress level. It can actually reduce blood levels of stress-related hormones.

According to GNC.com: “Several studies have evaluated a daily supplement of vitamin B1 (15 mg), vitamin B2 (15 mg), vitamin B3 (50 mg), vitamin B6 (10 mg), vitamin B12 (10 mcg), vitamin C (500 mg), pantothenic acid (23 mg), folic acid (400 mcg), biotin (150 mcg), calcium (100 mg), magnesium (100 mg), and zinc (10 mg) for combating stress effects. People participating in preliminary trials of this combination have reported some benefits that relate to the effects of chronic stress, including improved concentration, better mood, and less fatigue.”

4. Up your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. Animal and human studies suggest that deficiencies of omega-3 fatty acids “may contribute to behaviors associated with unhealthy responses to stress.”

5. Yoga and Meditation are considered sworn enemies of stress. You don’t have to be the most flexible person in the world to enjoy the benefits of yoga – just be willing. Grab a book, or better yet a video or dvd. Be patient and enjoy yourself – you’ll love it!

There are a lot of herbs that are said to help with reducing stress, but I’m afraid I haven’t done enough reading up on the subject (yet!) to make any suggestions at all. Herbs are potent and powerful, I wouldn’t want to point anyone in the wrong direction. I am reading up on the subject, though, and I can say this – the world of herbs is fascinating! As high as I am on vitamins and minerals (er, so to speak), I think herbs have every bit as much potential for righting a lot of wrongs. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know what all I find out.

You know, a lot of times when we’re under a great deal of stress, we just have to remind ourselves that we can’t control everything. Sometimes, we have to let something go – whether it’s the dishes, the laundry, or the lawn, sometimes we have to just say, “This isn’t as important as my sanity!”

Make each relaxing moment count double,
~Joi

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