HINTS & TIPS FOR COPING WITH STRESS
Feeling stressed? Anxious? We are constantly under some type of stress in our daily lives. Most of the time we deal with them very well. However, there are some situations that we find difficult to adapt to. This results in physical and emotional imbalances.
For example, there are incidents that happen on a daily basis (traffic congestion, the pressure of work’ schedules, argument with a shop assistant or with a family member, awaiting the outcome of IVF treatment, etc) that may create unexpected circumstances in our lives. Generally, we are able to adapt to this sudden change and the stress is resolved. However, even brief moments with sudden stress can induce physical reactions such as headache, pain, indigestion and anxiety.
COPING WITH CHRONIC STRESS
Chronic stress is the result of continuous, unchanging circumstances, like persistent physical pain or unpleasant situations.
The stress response is regulated by the endocrine glands, which are controlled by the hypothalamus and the pituitary. The hypothalamus controls almost all the vegetative and endocrine functions of the body as well as many aspects of emotional behavior. The pituitary is the controlling gland of the body. It controls the release of hormones generated by the hypothalamus to all other glands (reproductive system glands, adrenal and thyroid gland). Stress may affect the production of important hormones that play important roles in fertility, the production of and maturation of eggs, such as Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Management of your stress will depend on how long you have been stressed for, how severe the stress is and how the stress has or is affecting you physically and emotionally.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY TO REDUCE STRESS
Having a good diet and good sleep patterns supports a healthy mind and body. There are some important tips that will reduce the stress on your cardiovascular system, nervous system and endocrine system (adrenal glands and pancreas):
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid smoking
- Decrease sugar, salt and saturated fats
- Eat foods that have a high content of vitamin B and minerals such as vegetables, sea vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and wholegrain foods.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND/SPIRIT TO REDUCE STRESS
There are some ancient breath techniques that relax and energize your body and calm your spirit. An easy breath technique that you can perform for 10 minutes daily on an empty stomach is called “Conscious Breathing Technique:
- Become aware of your breath. Do not change your breathing pattern. Be aware of your inhalation and exhalation.
- Just observe your breath
- Say mentally “I am breathing in, I am breathing out.
- Become aware of the air coming in and out from your nose, chest and lungs
- Feel your lungs expanding and relaxing
- Now feel your abdomen moving upward and downward with each exhalation.
- Now just observe the whole process of breathing
- Then, slowly bring the awareness back to your whole body moving your fingers and toes, and then open your eyes and stretch.
Other tips for stress relief:
- Do not take on too much. Share your workload with your family and co-workers
- During the day have small breaks and take deep breaths to clear your mind and energize you.
- Practice regular exercise
- In your spare time listen to soft music
- Let go of things that you can not control
- Learn a meditation technique
- Eliminate self-limiting beliefs
- Have a full body massage regularly
NATURAL THERAPIES FOR EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL & BODY HEALTH
There are some therapies that help to balance your emotions and release self-limiting beliefs that are preventing you to live a life of happiness and achievements. Some therapies that we offering in our clinic that may help to release stress are:
• Metaphysical counseling
• Magnified Healing