Tips for Coping with Stress and Anxiety

There are those of us that are always in a constant state of stress. Our hormones play a big part in why we react the way we do. Hormone therapy should be coupled with stress alleviating techniques for best results.

How to cope with stress more effectively:

Stress can be buffered if you give the body a chance to relax and restore.You must know when to stop and put responsibility on the shelf to better deal with the stresses of life. Without adequate rest and sleep, your mind and body are not going to be performing at optimum levels. Sometimes eit takes only one more thing added to your todo list or a challenging personality demanding attention from you, to make you lose it. Relaxation only takes a few moments, but you must be set up correctly.

You must stop thinking about what needs to be done or what has occurred in the past and focus in on the present moment. It requires controlled breathing, slowing it down with feelings of peace and wellbeing.
Try to avoid stimulants like coffee, soda and cigarettes, especially later in the afternoon. A good night’s rest will enable you to be more resilient to stress if it’s a daily part of your life. Set up your sleep environment appropriately, removing all stimulus including your laptop, television and phone.

If you have been working too hard, and for too long, enlist some help. Family and friends are often more available to us than we imagine.

Sleep deprivation is one of the worst activators of stress. Check out our helpful Sleep Guide for more tips in getting the rest you deserve.

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Exercise has always been the goto when feeling the impact of stress

Exercise has always been known to boost mood and combat stress. It also assists with releasing harmful toxins from the body. Exercise reduces the levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural anti-depressant. Exercising increases your sense of self worth and attractiveness as you watch your fat shrink and muscle tone improve with each session.  Your renewed vigour will help you succeed in many tasks, and the discipline will help you achieve more than you imagined.  Exercise and sports also provide opportunities to socialise and catch up /meet new friends..

Healthy eating / detox has much to do with how your entire body deals with stress

Keeping your body in a state of health has a lot to do with what you intake.We all have days where we crave something fatty or packed with sugar. Moderation is key. Learning as much as you can about how to shop, grow and prepare healthy balanced food allows you to take pride in what you consume. Eliminate toxins from your life. When the focus is on your health, your whole being responds and you cope with stress a lot better.

Diet and Nutrition – Learn more about Sports nutrition and feeding your muscles.

Acupuncture is one possible treatment, many claim relaxes both the body and mind.

Acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years as a way to relax patients and restore health to the sick. Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center found that in laboratory rats electronic acupuncture stimulation reduced a key stress hormone.

The examination of stress hormones focused on the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. This includes hormones produced by three important glands influencing stress, the immune system, digestion, mood, emotion, sexuality and energy expenditure. Researchers noted the presence of a peptide called NPY which is released by the nervous system in humans and rodents during the flight or fight response.

“We found that electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway,” Eshkevari said. “Our growing body of evidence points to acupuncture’s protective effect against the stress response.”

The research published in the Journal of Endocrinology.

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Meditation

Relaxation Response is a technique pioneered in the U.S. by Harvard physician Herbert Benson in the 1970s. Sudden stress causes our bodies to respond with a characteristic “fight or flight” response. This is also known as an “adrenaline rush” due to the hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine that are released from the adrenal glands. The relaxation response works the opposite way whereby the individual sets the stage for relaxation. All outside source of distraction is to be shut out. Breathing, pulse rate, blood pressure all slow down when a meditative state is reached. Though it takes time for many individuals to feel comfortable sitting still, with practice, meditation, and inner stillness will become easier to obtain.

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Counselling or Therapy

Sometimes all we need is a person to talk to. A lot goes on in life, and though it’s considered a strength to manage multiple responsibilities, life changes and challenges with ease, it’s not healthy to do it alone. Often sharing your problems with friends and family comes back to you with a vengeance. People seek help for all kinds of personal issues, and never underestimate the power of communication. Almost always you will find that weight is lifted and problems are seen and handled with better clarity.

Aromatherapy

Sensory people love to light fragrant candles or burn oils after a long stressful day. There are some scents known to relax and alleviate tension, from Lavender to Ylang Ylang. Use what works for you and your family.

Structure Change – Work, Rest and Play to Cope with Stress

If you feel you are working too much – then you probably are.  Allowing yourself adequate rest in between work, sharpens your mind for future productivity. Play is important too. Do something outside of work and rest that brings you joy, from playing your favourite instrument, getting out and socialising with friends, playing a game with the kids or allowing for a moment of creative exploration. Loosen up the reigns. Sometimes play needs to be scheduled in, otherwise it just won’t happen. No rest and play = Stress.

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