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 Tips to Combat Stress and Anxiety

Being tensed or worried can be helpful when it motivates you to take action and solve a problem. But if it becomes a habit to always remain worried and think negative for every situation then worry becomes a problem of its own. Unrealistic doubts and fears are paralyzing, not motivating or productive.
When the stress and worries of life starts getting worse affecting your routine life and health, then it becomes a matter of concern. Psychological, medical and nutritional support may help a person to recover but ultimately it’s all about the person to address self realization and self help strategy that will help him/her to get out of the stress and worries of life.

When we experience stress too often, our autonomic nervous system becomes too tired to cope up with the situation and to activate the relaxation response. This can eventually lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and depression to name just a few.

Some people take up smoking, drinking, using pills, overeating or under eating, withdrawal from situations and people, and watching television as their way of dealing with stress, but they might end up making the situation more worse and the treatment more complex.

Managing stress is all about taking care of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is to have a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the capability to hold up the pressure and meet challenges of life and work. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.

To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses.

Relaxation techniques like meditation and medical and psychological treatment will help you to move out of stressful situation and avoid developing any depression. Dietary modifications may also help you to reduce your stress.

Dietary Tips to Combat Stress:

1. Eat variety of foods including whole grain cereals, whole fruits and vegetables so as to get good amount of phytochemicals and antioxidants to stay disease free.

2. Eat foods rich in folic acid like green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, other colored vegetables and fruits because folic acid is required for the synthesis of serotonin, a relaxing neurotransmitter that prevents the feeling of depression and anxiety.

3. Eat good quality proteins like milk, eggs, tofu and lean meat to provide the amino acid tyrosine to your body which will contribute to the chemicals dopamine and epinephrine which prepares our body to react in a particular situation hence play an important role in stress management.

4. Eat nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios and avocadoes and fish liver oils to get good dose of vitamin E and monounsaturated fats that will detoxify your body, keep the blood pressure down and your heart healthy.

5. Take vitamins and mineral supplementation if required after consulting the doctor.

6. Enjoy sipping green or herbal tea to get a healthy boost.

7. Avoid smoking, drinking or intake of caffeine in any form.

Other Measures for Stress Management may include:
• Meditation
• Yoga
• Aerobic workouts or swimming
• Fun activities with kids like playing outdoors or enjoy some family outing.
• Leisure activities like gardening, music therapy, etc may also be relaxing for some.

Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no one solution for stress management. For your stress situation, try experimenting the ways mentioned and identify the best stress buster for you. Think positive and live life to the fullest.

Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your evening meal.
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.
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