Saturday, October 24, 2009

Relieving Stress

The end of your rope: stress

Valerian root capsules have produced excellent results in reducing stress and anxiety levels. Teas made from chamomile and pau d'arco are also very effective.

As with any natural remedy, check with your doctor before trying.

Low Stress Lifestyle

One of the simplest answers to stress is something Grandma always said, "Take time to enjoy life and always stop to smell the roses."

Have more fun, whatever that means to you. Get out of the house and get some exercise. Take a quiet walk.

Pet owners are less likely to suffer from stress-related disorders, so consider adopting a cat or dog from your local shelter.

Take time for yourself every day. I sit back, close my eyes, take several deep breaths and slowly let them out. I then picture myself in my most peaceful place. Hint, mine is near water lapping on the shore. I stay like this for about five minutes just letting my muscles relax. Do this several times a day, if needed. This technique actually helps headaches, too.

A number of foods tend to aggravate a stressful condition and should be avoided. These include sugars, fried foods, colas, products containing white flour and potato chips.

Traditional healing recognizes the ability of certain scents to effect changes in the body. Using essential oils like lavender, rosemary, and pine in your bath can help relax muscles and relieve stress. Try putting pots of apple cinnamon potpourri around you house to make your home a low stress zone.

When you're feeling pressure, think acupressure. Massage the webbed area on your left hand between the thumb and index finger. Really work on it, kneading for five minutes - it will probably hurt. After a while, you'll notice that the pain will decrease and so will your tension.

Take a warm bath. Add some bubbles and settle in for a nice long soak. Create a sensual get away for yourself by lighting candles and playing soothing music. Picture yourself on a tropical island, floating in warm, clear, blue-green water.

Add some essential lavender oil to your bath. Now relax.

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