Identifying your stressors and having a plan to mitigate them as much as possible is significant step in stress reduction. Creating boundaries and saying “no” can be the most powerful tools in reducing stress.
Strategies to Consider to lower stress and effects:
- Consider prayful meditation, progressive relaxation, or biofeedback/neurofeedback techniques such as Heart Math.
- Make sure you have a place where you feel heard and safe talking out your feelings. This could be a friend, family member, counselor or therapist.
- If you don’t like talk therapies, consider journaling or exercise as an outlet for stress release.
- Use calming essential oils such as Lavender, Bergamot, Holy Basil, Geranium, Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, and Mandarin. YoungLiving has a great mixed product called Stress-Away. Place 15 drops in bathtub and soak, use in diffuser, place on handkerchief on night table, use on acupuncture points, or add a few drops in shea butter or coconut oil and rub into bottoms of feet.
- Consume calming teas such as chamomile.
- Walk barefoot on grass or sand (earthing) as often as possible.
- Get outside into nature daily.
Nutritional Considerations to help Reduce Stress:
- Adaptogen-R3 – Adaptogenic herbs are nutrients that help regulate our glands – particularly the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal, whether they are stressed (over-working) of fatigued (under-producing). These are typically our first “go-to” for stress reduction.
- CereVen – CereVen provides a comprehensive premier quality formula that promotes support for the brain. It features three key nutraceutical blends: NeuroSynergy™, NeuroCleanse™, and IQ Pro™.
- CortiClear – CortiClear is a multifunctional herbal supplement that has far-reaching and complementary benefits for individuals seeking help in dealing with everyday stress. It features a unique combination of clinically tested and patented ingredients, including Relora®, Sensoril®, and Suntheanine®, along with banaba leaf and maral extracts. Together, these herbs help the overstressed body and mind work toward their normal state of balance and resolve many of the biochemical changes that occur as a result of repeated, frequent exposure to stressors and cortisol.
- Glutamate Scavenger II – This product is for those with stress due to HIGH ANXIETY. Anxiety (nervousness) can be tied to excess glutamates in the brain. These are excitatory neurotransmitters that “rev-up” your thinking and make it more difficult to calm-down.
Evidence-Based Efficacy of Adaptogens in Fatigue, and Molecular Mechanisms Related to their Stress-Protective Activity, Authors: Panossian, Alexander; Wikman, George Source: Current Clinical Pharmacology, Volume 4, Number 3, September 2009, pp. 198-219(22)