Dealing with chronic stress is not always easy. He usually has no reason. But, undoubtedly, at the center of your emotional cyclone is a sense of weakness.
Whether the stress is caused by financial problems, a job you hate, a relationship doomed to failure, an impending or recent loss, or any other problem, if you could make a difference, you would.
But either you can not or you do not see how to change it right now, so you worry, worry, cry and shake your fist in the Universe or suffer quietly while your anxiety eats alive.
There are many things you should never do to deal with stress and there are some things you can do to help you get to the other side.
What should you avoid when dealing with stress?
Too often, coping mechanisms are short-term solutions that can make us feel better right now, but they are guaranteed to make us feel worse in the long run. You know what it is:
- unhealthy food,
Did any of the above help? Do all these methods of dealing with stress prove to be violence against ourselves?
When stress is high, it is time to take great care of your body and mind and not aggravate physical and mental stress.
What do you need to do to deal with stress?
When it comes to dealing with stress, mentality is everything. We can always rely on life to challenge us. What matters is how we deal with it. My favorite analogy is a wave. You can stand on the shore and be crushed by its power or you can learn to ride the wave. The choice is yours.
Life will never be fair or just. Your job is to be the best version of yourself that you can be, regardless of the circumstances. An important part of this process is realizing that most things in your life are under your control. Most things that happen to us are due to our choices. What is not – so these are the cases where all we can do is control our reactions.
When problems swirl in your head, write them down. I keep a diary. Use lists of pros and cons to solve problems whenever possible. If there is nothing left, then writing on paper will help you to stop reliving the facts by moving them in a circle.
Make a to-do list. Divide it into short, quick and long tasks. Now give priority. Start with a short list and do something.
Sleep. Schedule eight hours of sleep a night. If you suffer from insomnia, then take a look at the link below (and keep your diary by your bedside to write down everything you have in mind when trying to fall asleep).
Breathe properly and deeply. Think. Practice yoga or tai chi.
Come in for sports. At the very least, walk, dance, use a rebounder or jump rope – just move every day.
Do something for yourself every day. Many of us, especially if we are parents, have forgotten that we also have needs. Find a small (or big!) Thing you can do for yourself every day. A shower gel, a massage, a walk in nature – everything that nourishes your soul.
Stress has a negative effect on the body. Your adrenal glands are overworked and probably exhausted. You are at high risk for disease because your immune system is probably not working well.
Right now, you have to eat the best. Avoid all processed foods. Do not eat anything that contains artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, MSG, GMOs or trans fats. Make fresh, raw, organic foods the basis of your diet – more vegetables than fruits. All meats should be organic. Do not forget to include healthy fats in your diet. Avoid regular dairy and gluten. And do not eat sugar!
Supplements and herbs that help manage stress
The following supplements will help you feel calmer, avoid illness and sleep:
- complex of B vitamins,
- calcium and magnesium
- vitamin C and D,
- Omega 3
- melatonin and valerian root (if you suffer from insomnia),
- Shillington Neuro-sedative formula and brain tonic.
Complex of B vitamins
While some of the B vitamins are regularly recommended for stress, it is always best to take the B vitamins because the B vitamins work together. Studies have also shown that long-term use of only one vitamin B can lead to deficiencies in other B vitamins.
B-complex vitamins are naturally occurring Valium. They calm the nervous system and help perform many functions in the body and brain. They can also help you fall asleep. On the other hand, when dealing with stress, an extra portion of B-5 can help a lot. There are complex supplements that contain one or two B-complex vitamins, depending on the medicine for which it is intended.
L-tryptophan is an amino acid that our body needs to produce serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is the main neurotransmitter for good mood and melatonin is essential for sleep.
calcium and magnesium
Calcium and magnesium work together. Magnesium calms the body. You can take it as a supplement or take a 40-minute bath with Epsom salt.
Vitamin C and vitamin D.
In times of great stress, the immune system is often suppressed. Vitamins C and D help the immune system and can protect you from viruses in an already difficult period.
In times of high stress, it’s time to make sure all your nutritional needs are met. Taking a multivitamin daily will help you get all the nutrients your body needs.
Krill oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil or a good blend of oils can help manage stress, improve focus and stabilize your mood.
Melatonin and Valerian Root
If L-tryptophan and B vitamins have not cured your insomnia, add melatonin and valerian root to your nightly routine.
Shillington Nerve Calmer
This is a tincture that contains the following ingredients: valerian rhizome, hop flowers, passion flower, lobelia, black burdock root, blue burdock root, wild yam root and skull cap.
Shillington’s Brain Tonic
It is a tincture that contains the following ingredients: organic and wild cultivated gingko biloba, gotu kola, kola nut, calamus and rosemary.
Healthy eating and exercise are enough to deal with most of the problems that life brings us.
For those who are in poor health and for those who are in very difficult situations, we highly recommend the combination of B vitamins and fats (work hand in hand), L-Tryptophan, Shillington’s Nerve Calming Formula and Brain Tonic. No medicinal chemical cocktail can even work together.
Here are the Shillington recipes:
Nervous Soothing Formula Recipe Doc Shillington
- 2 parts valerian root
- 2 parts lobelia seed pods
- 2 parts flower of passion
- 1 part hop flowers
- 1 part black cohosh
- 1 part blue burdock
- 1 part skull cap
- 1 part wild yam
Doc Shillington brain toning recipe
- 15 parts ginkgo leaves
- 1 part herb gotu kola
- 1 part cane root
- 1 part rosemary flowers
- 1 part cayenne pepper.
Optional: 1 part cola nut.
The parts are listed by volume. Mix all ingredients together and make a tincture using a mixture of alcohol (100 degree vodka) and 50/50 distilled water.
Although not well studied, proper breathing is actually the most important way to relieve stress and most people can do it. Everything in life depends on concentration and perception, and if you open your lungs for a deep, calm breath and saturate the body with oxygen, the way you look at things will change.
If you did not get anything from this article, then buy a group of B vitamins, the formula “Nervous calm”, do physical exercises and learn to breathe.
Alexander Ivanov– columnist and journalist for The Epoch Times, specializing in medicine and health reporting.