Jun 1, 2011

Reducing Stress in Your Life

Reducing Stress in Your Life

Stress has more negative effects on your health than poor nutrition. Below are a few simple ways to reduce stress in your life.

Exercise 3 times weekly. Walking briskly is good for your physical and emotional health.

• Once a week, set aside time to relax in nature, a walk in the woods or an hour at the park. Reflect on the good in your life.

• Accept situations you cannot change, death of a loved one or poor economy. Look for the upside. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Anyone under intense or physical stress can benefit by adding these herbs to their daily routine to tackle exhaustion or fatigue:

o Rhodiola

o Eleuthero

o American Ginseng

o Astragulus

• Get at least 8 hours of restful sleep on a regular basis, stick to a regular bedtime. The average person needs 6-8 hours a night. During times of increased physical or emotional stress it becomes even more important to rest well at night. Consider using these herbs before bed:

o Passionflower

o Hops

o Valerian

o Skullcap

Prioritize your daily tasks, focus on 2-3 goals each day to accomplish. Set boundaries in your life, check your email at certain times of the day and consider shutting off your cell phone during the evening.

Keep your sense of humor! Laughter is to the soul what soap is to the body. Jewish proverb

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