Natural Ways to Increase Energy while Stressed
Natural help with stress
Stress causes an enormous loss of energy. When we experience stress the body reacts immediately to the situation, and start to use extra energy to protect vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, brain, liver and this is the reason why we experience energy loss.
Stress related disorders make up 55% to 80% of all health problems which I deal with on a daily basis in my work.
Our stress comes from personal emotional problems and also from physical problems which cause us to become stressed. Stress itself can make many physical problems worse, and by helping the body to cope with stress, giving it extra energy to do so, we also support the underlying problem.
Stress from physical problems are normally a result of the following medical conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and eczema.
Arthritis is a very stressful condition for the body as inflammation can effect the body's nervous system.
Where does stress come from?
A lot of us think as stress being tense or worried. Stress is a general term and can include many other things than the obvious.
The most common stress factors are:
Mental stress - Financial concerns, problems with your job or relationship issues
Physical stress - Illnesses and injuries. Quite simply we experience stress when we are ill or have been injured. We feel we cannot control the situation.
Diet - a diet poor in vital nutrition can cause stress. Processed foods high in additive or toxins can cause. Monosodium glutamate can cause serious stress problems.
Environment - noise, being to cold or hot, and pollution are all factors that influence stress.
Symptoms of stress
There are many different symptoms of stress and you may experience one or a combination of them. Look out for excess perspiration, feeling cold, sweaty palms, breathing problems, a pounding heartbeat and tension headaches.
You may also find you suffer from diarrhea, become easily upset, angry and impatient. Some people start to grind their teeth and clench their jaws. Facial twitches, tingling sensations and feeling jittery are also very common symptoms.
The most important things is to identify the source of your stress, and deal with the problem.
If your stress comes from a medical problem, your stress can affect your recovery as stress from an illness is a vicious circle.
Stress management is based on you helping your body to cope and deal with the stress.
You will feel drained and you will experience exhaustion as your body uses a lot of extra energy to protect itself, and this energy needs to be replaced.
Stress relief and energy replacement
There are a range of ways in which you can provide natural stress relief for your body. It is really important to remember that we all react to stress differently and therefore we may all need different way to recover and replace our energy.
My way to recover from stress and boost energy is to walk and interact with nature but here are some other ideas which may help:
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables - Apples are great for stress as the provide a large amount of energy
Avoid smoking - This helps your blood to take up more oxygen which is vital for energy
Coffee - Cut down on your coffee as coffee may lower your absorption of micro nutrients
Sleep - The body needs rest and sleep is a great healer. Sleep is not a waste of time.
Enjoy life - Enjoyment of life replenishes energy. Realize the world is beautiful.
Easy exercise - Walk in the park and look at the trees. Appreciate how many different shades of green exists in nature.
Change your life - Plan ahead and reduce stress. Unjunk work and reduce your stress load.
Vitamins and minerals for stress relief
When your body experience stress it uses up lots of vital vitamins and minerals causing energy loss.
It is very tempting to replace loss of energy with a quick fix of sugar. This is a very bad idea as sugar will only make it worse. You are giving your body excess sugar which it now has to process and this leads to further physical stress. Look at some alternatives which help you to replace energy on a permanent basis and also help to heal your body.
Vitamin B Complex - the B vitamins are the main support group of vitamins when your body experiences any type of stress.
B1 is vital for energy but as the B vitamins work in synergy with each, they are some of the best team players in the world, you always use a B complex. I always recommend a B1 on its own supported by a good complex. This allows the body to replace lost energy quickly.
Zinc - really import as loss of energy weakens your immune system. Taking a zinc supplement during a stressful period with help to prevent mouth ulcers which is a common physical symptom of stress.
Vitamin C - vitamin C supports the body's energy as well by ensuring we make the most out of the food we eat. It supports effective metabolism making sure food is converted to energy.
Co enzyme Q10 - this will help to improve the energy production.
Herbs for stress relief
Chamomile - drinking chamomile tea or taking a supplement will help to soothe your energy depleted nervous system
Lavender - one of the best healers in the natural world. A massage using Lavender essential oil is one of the best treatments for stress.
St Johns Wort - taking St Johns Wort can be as effective as a tranquilizer. Follow the supplier prescription as this is a very strong treatment.
Do not use if you are driving a car as it can slow down your reaction speed.
Passionflower - a supplement made from Passionflower ( Passiflora) will help you to sleep to regain energy.
Flax seed oil - flax seed oil is excellent during stress for periods. It works on the actual power house of of our cells and gives us extra energy when we need it. It is safe to take 1000 mg three times a day for extra support.
I find that a lot of people experience stress as a sign of guilt, and there are many reason why we feel guilty. Some doctors make us feel guilty because we have a certain medical problem. Being told you have developed diabetes because you have a weight problem is not the best way to deal with a patient, and causes an immediate stress reaction.
The patient will probably leave the doctor's office feeling exhausted, depleted of energy and stressed. Explaining to someone how the body works and why we are at risk of developing diabetes is better. Guilt is as bad as fat.
Nature is a great healer and source of energy - the beauty of Passionflowers
Nature can help to reduce stress
Most people say that when they are out for a walk, or in the garden they feel less stressed.
Nature can have a very calming influence on all of us, and is as natural as life can get but is there more to it than that.
Exercise is a great way for us to remove stress from our lives, and when we can destress outside it is even better. Scientists now that when we exercise in nature more endorphins are produced, and if we learn how to experience the beauty of nature and smile when we walk even more endorphins are produced. Endorphins are neurotransmitters which are responsible for making us feel good.
Gardening is exercise as well as a great hobby. We can garden to produce our own fruit and vegetables, or to enjoy a beautiful garden. The fact is that gardening an do so much more than that - gardening actually blocks the production of stress hormones.
Zinc, cold sores and stress
When you are stressed your body needs more zinc to protect itself and make sure your immune system work effectively.
Cold sores are a common sign of stress and can be caused when the body becomes depleted of zinc. Taking a zinc supplement during stressful periods in your life will help the body to support the immune system, and increase energy.
How to reduce stress
There are some simple ways in which you can reduce or control stress. Check out my top stress busters.
Laugh more - go out with your friends and have a good time. Forget about the aerobics DVD -stick a comedy in your DVD player.
Pet your cat or dog - animals are great and you can't beat petting an animal. It seems to be a fundamental human need and we really need this very special partnership in our lives. Children who have grown up with pets are more well balanced. The truth is that when we pet an animal stress controlling hormones are released. So sit down on the sofa, pet the cat and enjoy the release of oxytacin, serotonin and prolactin - your stress busting hormones.
Tidy up and organize - keeping your home tidy and organize your drawers. Remember that less is sometimes more.
Eat some fruit - fruit is great for getting vitamin C, and there is no big secret. Vitamin C helps to control stress - both physical and mental.
Breathe - better breathing can help us to relax. Perhaps consider taking some Yoga classes just to benefit from better breathing techniques. It is amazing how listening to your own breath can be calming.
Sing - so you can't sing. Never mind - just sing in the car during rush hour. People will think you are nuts but they are the ones going nuts sitting there. Or perhaps they are laughing with you - stress relief all around.
Make love - we are back to those stress hormones and stress blockers. The fact is this very simple activity activates both feel good hormones and stress blockers.
Eat chocolate - a curious fact. Chocolate also reduces stress hormones and activate blockers. It can be any type of chocolate, and in any form. Wonderful stuff chocolate.
Rest - it is okay to sit down and read a good book. You don't need to be on the go all the time - nature isn't.
Think about makes you feel stressed
What makes you stressed?
Good Sleep is Important
The amino acid tryptophan is converted in serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is neuro tranmitter which makes us feel happy and content.
By adding foods which are rich in tryptophan you can help to reduce your stress levels. Some foods which are rich in tryptophan are bananas and turkey but it can also be found in pumpkin, beans and split peas.
Oats are also great if you need to stock up on tryptophan. Oats are rich in carbohydrates which carries tryptophan into the nervous system. Oats are also rich in B vitamins which are very calming and relaxing for the central nervous system.
Honey is another rich source of tryptophan and a drink of warm milk with honey complimented with an oat biscuit or two will help you sleep better.
Relax in the bath
A Soothing Bath
A warm bath is a tried and tested aid to relaxation. Add your choice of aromatherapy oils to make you feel even more relaxed.
Lavender is a popular choice but other oils such as ginger can also help you feel more relaxed.
Try to have some relaxing music playing, turn out the main light and lights some candles instead. You are now in your own little world, it is your turn to lay back and relax.
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