Proper stress management is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle. Trust me, I have seen the effects stress can have on people and I’ve experienced the effects myself. Anything from bloating, headaches, poor immune function and weight gain can all be linked back to stress.
If you haven’t completed the stress test (here it is) and suspect that stress could be the culprit behind your symptoms, you might be wondering what can be done about it?
Time to save your sanity with these 3 solutions:
1. Ctrl/Alt/Delete Negativity
“Every thought we think is creating our future (1)”
My belief is that our thoughts shape the direction we head in. Stress is ultimately nothing more than a series of negative thoughts about a situation, which consumes us and affects our body. These thoughts do not serve us or our well being and therefore are essentially worthless. If we continue to permit these negative thoughts to happen, we soon LEARN to have them, almost like a default (or autopilot) to certain situations. Deep, eh?
Our brains are essentially like computers; the outcome of certain actions is programmed in. If you hit ‘Ctrl/Alt/Delete’ you will shut down the program you are running- so I think we need to ‘Ctrl/Alt/Delete’ our negative thoughts and perhaps the stress (and its effects) will be less evident or severe.
2. Replenish & Soothe with FOOD!
Unfortunately, You never hear about a stressed person binging on carrots and kale to cope.
More often we turn to ice cream, chips and wine as comfort food during times of stress. Although these foods provide instant gratification, it’s only a matter of time before the guilt sets, the pounds pack on, leaving most of us feeling even worse than we did before.
Consider the following foods for their healthy stress-busting properties:
- Vitamin C – During times of stress the body loses its stores of Vitamin C from the adrenal glands; kiwi, collard greens, red bell peppers, mustard and turnip greens are all rich in vitamin C and will help replenish what has been lost.
- Vitamin B – Avocado, nuts, asparagus and seafood are loaded with B vitamins which as we have learned are essential to healthy adrenal gland function.
- Magnesium – Spinach, raw chocolate and bananas are rich in magnesium, a mineral that helps regulate our cortisol levels.
- Omega 3’s – Fresh water fish like salmon, trout and cod contain omega 3 fatty acids which protect the heart from surges in stress hormones.
3. Do The Hokey Pokey!
Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique historically used for treatment of ills and diseases. This therapy goes back centuries, and is still widely used today to help with a myriad of health concerns – including stress!
According to the well respected Cleveland Clinic, Acupuncture “stimulates the body’s ability to resist or overcome illnesses and conditions by correcting imbalances. Acupuncture also prompts the body to produce chemicals that decrease or eliminate painful sensations.”
The Journal of Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical states that “acupuncture modulates endogenous regulatory systems, including the sympathetic nervous system, the endocrine system, and the neuroendocrine system”.
In regular person language, this basically means that acupuncture has the ability to influence or control internal systems like hormones and the nervous systems (which is partially comprised of the brain). We learned above that stress is a mental or emotional strain or tension, so it makes sense that acupuncture would be beneficial for this!
There are many licensed acupuncturists out there. Make sure you find one that specializes in stress management acupuncture to ensure you are getting the best possible treatment for you.
p.s For more information on stress and stress management, check out my book Your Weight Loss G-Spot
(1)Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life, 1999,p 9
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