Stress has a bad reputation – for a reason
Controlling your stress levels may be one of the healthiest things you do in a day. You may exercise and eat a great diet, but if you spend your day stressed to the max you are likely heading for an early grave. This is one of the major points to address listed on my Lifestyle page. I also discuss it some in this post on mindfulness and meditation.
Dr. Josh Axe, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist, who writes at draxe.com has an article on 8 natural ways to relieve stress which I am linking below. I know this is one of my challenges personally, and actually may be a little harder to implement than the other factors in a healthy lifestyle.
The Unhealthy Effects of Chronic Stress
I believe that stress is a good thing in a dose-dependent fashion – in other words we were made to be stressed and back in fight or flight days it played a useful role in keeping us alive. I believe it still plays a useful role in helping us meet life’s challenges, as long as it is engaged for the purpose of accomplishing a certain short term outcome, and then allowed to dissipate and return the body to a more normal state.
It is the chronic stress which is always turned on in the background which is the stress we need to avoid. Stress creates a hormonal response by raising adrenaline, cortisol and norepinepherine – if these hormones stay elevated for long periods of time it creates a lot of negative health effects. This subject is complicated enough to deserve more explanation in a future post.
The 8 natural stress relievers
Here are the eight stress relievers discussed in the article. I will not go into detail on them other than to list them, I encourage you to read the article for a more in-depth discussion of each.
Exercise and Yoga
Meditation or Devotional Prayer
A nutrient – dense diet
cognitive behavioral therapy
time in nature and being social
keeping a journal
using herbs and essential oils
I encourage you to find a few strategies that work for you to keep your stress level controlled, and then implement them as you can. Every little bit helps, as they say, and eventually these practices become a way of life.
Enjoy the article.