In our last post we talked about how badly stress can affect your health, but in this post we want to talk about how deal with stress naturally.
Foods to relieve stress:
- Asparagus - high in folic acid, which can help stabilize your mood.
- Beef (make sure it is natural with no hormones or antibiotics) - high levels of zinc, iron, and B vitamins, which are also known to help stabilize your mood.
- High Vitamin C Fruit - Vitamin C plays a role in fighting stress because it's an antioxidant that fights the free radicals that get released when you're stressed.
- Almonds - vitamin E has been shown to fight the free radicals associated with stress.
- Blueberries - rich in antioxidants, blueberries offer a high-fiber, low-calorie fruit option that is also rich in stress-fighting vitamin C.
- Tuna - high in stress-fighting vitamins B6 and B12.
- Bananas - a great source of vitamins B & C, manganese, fiber, and potassium which are good for fighting free radicals and boosting energy.
- Quinoa (keen-wah) - high in amino acids which humans need to build protein.
- Ginger - can soothe a stressed stomach and is an natural anti-inflammatory (stress causes inflammation).
- Broccoli - great source for vitamin C and folic acid.
- Chocolate (organic) - can lower levels of stress hormones and contains high amounts of stress relieving magnesium.
- Avocado - contain glutathione, one of the most potent antioxidants. Also contains about 30% healthy monounsaturated fat which can help regulate the body's insulin which greatly effected by stress.
Essential Oils for Stress Relief :
- Anxiety: Lavender, Geranium, Palma rosa, Jonquil, bergamot, Chamomile, Basil, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium Jasmine, Juniper, Melissa, Neroli, Ylang ylang
- Depression/Guilt: Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Bergamot, Neroli, Nutmeg, Clary sage, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang, Rose, Vetiver
- Helplessness: Grapefruit, Rosemary, Lavender, Pettigraine, Neroli
- Insomnia/Restlessness: Marjoram, Lemon, Vetiver, Valerian, Rose, Sandalwood, Chamomile, Neroli, Ylang ylang
- Irritability/Nervous Tension: Sandalwood, Pettigraine, Clary sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Palma rosa, Vetiver, Jasmine, Ylang ylang
- Tiredness/Exhaustion: Peppermint, Rosemary, Jasmine, Basil, Cinnamon, Lemon, Clary sage, Lavender, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Rose, Vetiver, Geranium
Herbs for Stress Relief:
- Kava Kava - relax the muscles and get a good nights sleep.
- Catnip - acts on both the nervous system and the digestive system. It calms by acting on the brain and also relieves symptoms of peptic ulcer and irritable bowel syndrome which are associated with stress.
- Valerian - reduces tension and anxiety and is a good pain reliever for tension headaches and migraines. Also has antispasmodic properties and can be used to ease tight muscles.
- Chamomile - promotes feelings of relaxation and settles digestion. It boosts the immune system, which is often depressed during stress.
- Passion Flower - The flower is believed to contain naturally occuring seratonin.
- Skullcap - makes an effective nerve tonic that reduces anxiety and restlessness. It acts on the nervous system and stabilises the mood.
- St John's Wort - a well-known anti-depressant without any side effects. It inhibits the enzyme, mono amino oxidase, and helps in relieving stress.
- Lavender - lifts moods and relieves indigestion and headaches. It also encourages natural sleep, so necessary to cope with stress.
- Vervain or Verbena - strengthens the nervous system and relieves anxiety and stress. It makes a good sedative nerve tonic.
- Ginko Biloba - improves blood flow and the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain, helping memory and concentration.
- Rhodiola - regulates the heartbeat. Also effective for improving mood and lifting depression.
- Rose - balances the hormonal functions, encourages a regular menstrual cycle and is a soothing rememdy for emotional dificulties around menopause. It also calms and soothes anger and irritability.
Physical Activity for Stress Relief:
- Massage - getting a massage can be very effective in relieving stress.
- Prayer/Meditation - can calm the nerves and ease the mind.
- Running/Jogging - Any activity to get the heart pumping and you blood flowing is great for relieving both mental and physical stress.
- Walking - Again, any activity to get the heart pumping and you blood flowing is great for relieving both mental and physical stress.
- Yoga - There are many yoga poses that can help reduce stress, ease lower back pain, and rejuvenate your mind and body:
- Talking - Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone about what is stressing you and if you are one of the people that don't know what is causing you stress, then talk about your symptoms. You can talk to a friend, loved-one, pastor, neighbor, counselor, mentor, or a healthcare professional.
- Laughter - Many wouldn't consider laughing a physical activity, but it is. It takes many muscles in the face and stomach to laugh as well as exercises the lungs. Laughing is my favorite when it comes to relieving stress. Go see a funny movie read a funny book, watch some funny videos online, or just thumb through our blogs and count all the typos for a good laugh.
There are many books, videos, diets, websites and foundations dedicated to helping people deal with stress. The key is findings what works best for you. It could be one thing or multiple things that help you get stress relief. It is best when you catch it early and do something about it, because if you wait to long then it can have devastating effects on your health.