Over the years, I have tested out many of the tips and much of the information to prove its validity. One thing that has always come back as being spot on is the Stress-Less Remedies I picked up along the way.
When you are stressed, its usually from overwork, overwhelm, pressure, too much happening.
Having said that, the situation OUTSIDE of you is only ever partially responsible for the stress and angst going on INSIDE of you.
Whilst there is not always an obvious solution to the external factors contributing to how stressed you may be feeling, there are some things you can do to help you feel better internally â that often alleviate the external pressures by default.
When youâre feeling under stress, youâre raging at your husband, yelling at the kids or bursting into tears at the drop of a hat â ask yourself these questions:
1. Have I had enough water to drink today?
2. How am I breathing right now â deeply or more shallow?
3. What kind of food have I eaten today / this week / this month? Healthy, with lots of veges and alkalising foods or more unhealthy with fatty and acidic foods?
Water is what makes up over 80% of the human body. When we are dehydrated, our brain actually shrinks a little bit, increasing pressure on nerves, blood vessels and synapses.
Water actually helps to transport oxygen around the body faster and more efficiently too thereby calming a frayed and frazzled nervous system.
Personally, I sometimes find it hard to drink that much water however I do have one litre of Herbal Infusion every day â a practice I can not recommend highly enough to busy Eco Mums. To read more about homemade herbal infusions, check out my post here.
One of the most important things is the quality of the water you drink. After taking myself off tap water and bottled water for natural spring water and Pureau Pure Water, I can taste the difference very clearly. Of course, itâs a personal choice however do be aware that chlorine is put in the town water supplies to kill of coliform bacteria (poop bacteria) and also kills off your gut bacteria.
If you are under stress, your gut needs to be looked after. Killing off its good bacteria will not do your stress levels any favours! To read more on that, check out my gut series of posts here.
When you are feeling stressed, immediately your body will tense up. Your will start breathing more shallow than usual and this means less oxygen is being transported around your body.
Less oxygen means you can not think as clearly, you can not concentrate as well, your nervous system is under increased pressure â allt hese things mean that your stress levels will INCREASE.
When you find your self under increasing pressure and stress, stop for a minute and take a very deep breath in, right down into your lower abdomen (push your tummy out as you fill your lungs) for a slow count of 5, or 5 seconds. Hold the breath for 5 seconds then breathe out very slowly for 10 seconds.
You will feel instantly a little bit calmer and more able to face the pressures in front of you.
I make it a habit to do this 5 times at a time â it really centres me and helps me regain my composureâ¦ and with me being a Type A personality, over achiever and quite highly strung, for ANYTHING to help me regain composure, is a miracle!
Stress creates acid in the body. Poor quality foods, too many carbs, fatty foods, too much sugar â this also all increases acidity in the body.
Funnily enough, excess acidity in the body increases stress. Stress increases acidity. Once you start down this slippery slope of not eating well your stress levels will ALWAYS increase regardless of how well your external surroundings may make you feel.
If you are prone to stress, like me, then it would do you the world of good to completely alkalise your diet.
How to alkalise? Think GREEN. Things like broccoli, cucumber, spinach, bok choy â these are some of the strongest alkalising foods and help to calm and neutralise your body straight away.
If you are feeling like your stress levels are starting to climb, sit down to a green stir fry for dinner. Or drink a cup of Stinging Nettle or Holy Basil / Tulsi tea â this will be very calming for you.
There are a myriad of herbs and remedies for chronic and prolonged stress however I have tested these instant remedies over and over again. They work every time. Whilst they may not remove all the stress from your life, or change your external circumstances these instant remedies will help your body be better able to cope with stress on a daily basis.
We do live in a world where, unfortunately, stress and overwhelm is just a typical part of life now. Even living simply, which does help alleviate some stress and pressure, does not entirely eliminate it.
If your life is often in chaos and youâre under stress and pressure, if you could make these three instant Stress-Less Remedies a daily practice, you will find you will cope much more easily.
Love and less stress,
The Eco Mum xo
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