Nine Ways to Relieve Stress
By Dr. Nick Barnes
Stress is often classified as a negative emotion, but a certain amount of stress can make you more resilient to life’s challenges and obstacles. “The right amount of stress—whelmed but not overwhelmed—can be a great motivator,” says Susan David, Ph.D., in Emotional Agility, and “as uncomfortable as it feels at times, it’s the stress that keeps us moving forward.” You cannot completely avoid stress, but you can learn to more effectively manage it so chronic levels don’t impede your health, happiness, and overall well-being. “The effects of stress are shaped by our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs,” says Mark Hyman, MD, in this book The Blood Sugar Solution. “We can change what we think and believe, and we can reduce the impact of daily stress on our lives as a result. You shouldn’t believe every stupid thought you have!”
Here are Nine Natural Stress Relief Strategies!
1. Eat nutrient-dense foods: Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as wild-caught salmon and freshly ground flaxseed, for instance, can support brain health and better manage stress levels. Magnesium can help calm you to reduce anxiety and stress. L-theanine, an amino acid that gives green tea its calming effect, can also reduce stress. So can Rhodiola Rosea, an adaptogenic herb that can positively impact stress hormones and energy metabolism.
2. Avoid foods that exacerbate stress: You also want to avoid foods that trigger or exacerbate stress, including trans fats and foods high in sugar. When you eat sugary, processed foods, your blood sugar increases. Your adrenal glands secrete more cortisol (your stress hormone) to manage those blood sugar levels.
3. Be mindful: For a few moments every day, practice being completely present in whatever task you do. Give it your full attention and you’ll likely find stressful thoughts fall away.
4. Visit your chiropractor: Research shows chiropractic care makes an ideal way to better learn stress management. Protecting your spine from neurological interference makes a great way to handle emotional and mental stress.
5. Exercise consistently: One of the best natural stress releases is exercise. Exercising consistently releases feel-good endorphins, but it also helps you become more resilient to stress and the other obstacles life regularly doles out.
6. Get quality sleep: You feel more focused and resilient to coping with stress after a good sleep.
7. Be patient with yourself: We live in a fast-paced society that oftentimes pushes stress management to the back burner. Most of us didn’t learn to manage stress growing up. In fact, we were often encouraged to take on more responsibilities or push stressful feelings aside.
8. Put everything into perspective: Ask yourself whether this situation will impact your life in a year from now. Most stressors don’t pass that test.
9. Do something fun and active: Laughter and joy can dissolve stress! The principles of getting healthy are simple but actually doing it can be difficult in our culture. Please let us know what we can do to help you reach your health and healing goals!
Dr. Nick Barnes is on a mission to transform the way his patients view and manage their health in order to prevent and reverse sickness and disease so that they can live to their God- given potential without the use of drugs or surgery!
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St. Louis, MO, 63119