How to relieve stress without using manufactured anti-depressants
So many times you hear someone with work or home related stress using anti-depressant pills to ward off stress. Mind you, some of this medication has side-effects to the body, such as fatigue and drowsiness, insomnia, blurred vision, constipation, increased appetite and weight gain.
Fortunately, Mother Nature‘s clinics are everywhere! You can try out some of these:
Yoga - this is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that transforms body and soul. All you have to do is to sit on a mat or comfortable surface, cross your legs, close your eyes, think about nothing, then you breathe in and out gently. Keep on doing this, and you will notice migraines and headaches that are no more.
Walking – this exercise is also advised by doctors and physicians. A 20-30 minute walk promotes production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood, and learning. This improved the mental activity and capacity of the brain to handle many tasks and sophisticated neuro functions that involve computation and deciphering symbols.
Passionflowers – it increases levels of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid(GABA) in the brain. The purpose of the chemical is to lower the activity of some brain cells, making you to feel more relaxed than you were before.
This health gold is common in a variety of forms, including teas, infusions, liquid extracts and tinctures.
Though it relieves the body of stress, it is not recommended for children or expectant mothers. Seek medical advice on how to use it, if you are under any medication.
Massage – this practice has been used as a stress reliever for thousands of years in ancient times. Chinese used and use massage to open blocked energy channels they call “Chi”, so as to improve health.
The father of western medicine, Hippocrates, used friction for physical healing treatments. Today, massage is used reduce pain, relax tense muscles, and improve blood circulation.
Organize your life – a sage once said that there is time for everything. Especially in the professional world, tight schedules sometimes conflict with our family or social lives.
To avoid this, make a list or a program of the most import things that you want to do, then you follow with the least important. Do this, and you won’t be stressed with works and kids in any day.
Eat healthy – it has been proven by research that fatty foods such as junk food increase stress. Healthy foods like whole meal grains, vegetables, white meat (especially fish), and fruits can work wonders by increasing energy and boosting your immune system.
Sleeping – sleeplessness has been discovered to be one of the greatest causes of irritability, fatigue and weak immunity. Always make sure that you get at least six to seven hours sleep each day, to keep your body fresh and in shape.
Aromatherapy – it is common in oriental countries. It has been known through time that smelling certain scents reduces stress and aid focus. Sweet smelling scents come in a variety of incense sticks, perfumed sticks, aromatherapy oils, and scented candles.You can find them in incense shops anywhere in town or in Oriental shops.
Enjoy your day, as you enjoy these natural gifts of healthy relaxation!