- Do you feel that there are not enough hours in the day to do all you need to do?
- Do you take on too many commitments?
- Is asking for help something you are reluctant to do?
- Are you taking on or doing too many tasks at once?
- Are you burdened by everyone else’s problems and responsibilities?
- Do you have any free time for yourself?
There are many symptoms of stress:
- Upset tummy
- Racing Heart
- Clammy hands
- Feeling wound up
- Dry mouth
- Panic attacks
If we are well nourished, when stressful times occur, our bodies are able to cope better. Stressful times can quickly send us spiralling into a malnourished state, if we have not been eating well beforehand.
Tip 2: Caffeine and Stress is not a good mix
Caffeine can disrupt your sleep patterns, raise stress hormones and make you feel jittery and anxious. It will actually make you feel more stressed. Cut down on caffeine. Switch to caffeine-free alternatives such as ‘grain’ coffee substitutes, Rooibos tea and herbal or fruit teas.
Tip 3: Tackle the Stresses in your life
Deal with your stresses head on and try and reduce them. Ask for help if needed.
Tip 4: Drink Ionic Minerals to reduce your Stress Levels
When taking ionic minerals, along with eating a balanced diet, stress levels can remain stable, even if I am under a lot of pressure.
Tip 5: Use Chromium for moods and cravings
- Research has discovered that making sure we get enough of the mineral ‘chromium’ helps to balance our blood sugar levels. Find good supplements and here are some foods that contain chromium:
- Red Meat
- Wholegrain Cereals
Tip 6: Omega 3 & 6 are essential brain foods
Research has discovered that:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
- Help fight depression and dementia
- Can benefit people with ADD and ADHD
- Help in treating and preventing inflammatory conditions such as Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Best sources are found in supplements from krill oil, mackerel, salmon, sardines and herring, flax seeds.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids:
- Assist with skin conditions such as Eczema
- Helping to reduce risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Best sources are found in nuts, seeds and some oils such as corn, sunflower and safflower oil.
Tip 7: Magnesium is important to reduce the symptoms of PMS and Stress
. Brown pasta
. Brown rice
. Wholemeal bread
. Beans and lentils
. Apples and pears (tropical fruits are higher in quick-release sugar, so less effective at keeping your blood-sugar levels stable)
Tip 8: Eat Regularly and don’t skip meals
It is important that you don’t get hungry and jittery when you’re under stress. Keep your blood-sugar levels even, and you’ll be less likely to reach for an unhealthy snack to get you through a challenging situation.
Tip 9: Exercise to get some endorphins!
Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. Consider kick boxing, or a similar sport or martial art, if you want to work off pent-up frustration or try smooth and relaxing exercise such as Thai Chi – it’s believed that the controlled and meditative moves help you to let go of your tensions.
For enhancing flexibility combined with strength, Yoga and Pilates are hard to beat. Both help the body and mind to cope with the stresses and strains of modern life.
Tip 10: Relax your mind and body with Meditation or a Massage
Mediation classes is a great way to learn to quieten the mind to de-stress. Book yourself in for a massage to relax. Discover what makes you relax and do it.
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