Stress is defined as our reaction to the external environment as well as our inner thoughts and feelings. It isn’t only what happens to us that create stressful feelings, but it’s how we feel about what happens to us. Learning to control our thoughts through meditation, yoga, and other mind quieting techniques can be very helpful in reducing stress levels. Like the Buddhists say, become the calm in the center of the storm.
No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress all the time, according to Hans Selye, M.D., the father of modern stress research. He writes in his book, The Stress of Life: “Stress is not even necessarily bad for you; it is also the spice of life, for any emotion, any activity causes stress. But, of course, your system must be prepared for it.”
During times of increased stress, our body’s nutrients are used more rapidly to meet these needs so we require increased amounts of many of these nutrients. The antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, the B vitamins and the mineral zinc, selenium, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sulfur and molybdenum are some of the nutrients that are commonly depleted by stress.
Fortunately there are a number of ways to prepare the body for stress. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Meditate, pray, or do yoga each morning. The simple technique of quieting the mind, following the breath, and relaxing the body can put you in the right frame of mind for getting through a stressful day with a positive mental attitude.
- Exercise. Walking 20 minutes per day can change body chemistry in a way that calms the nervous system and reduces stress levels. Yoga is especially good for producing endorphins in the body – which are natural soothing hormones released during sustained exercise.
- Make dietary changes. Reducing sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol in your diet can go a long way towards getting your body back into a healthful balance. It’s now recognized that when we eat carbohydrates, these foods turn directly into sugar in our bodies. The more sugar we eat, the more depleted our B-vitamins become. B-vitamins are essential for a healthy nervous system.
- Supplement with vitamins and minerals. Taking a daily multi-vitamin, mineral supplement and B-vitamin supplement, in form of ripe fruits & dry fruits, can strengthen your nervous system whether you’re already depleted by stress or storing up for an onslaught of stressful circumstances. The mineral calcium is especially helpful for calming the nerves and toning up the nervous system. Athletes preparing for a race understand that extreme physical activity can be stressful and boost their bodies with nutrients beforehand. Take 3,000 mg of Vitamin C per day (Lemon or any citrus fruit) to help maintain a healthy nervous system while under stress.
- Use herbs in tincture and tea form to calm yourself:
Amla: It has been shown in numerous studies to support adrenal function and enhance resistance to stress. This is an adaptogen, which means they restore balance, stimulating a function when it is low, subduing it when high. It can be used to restore vitality, increase feelings of energy and well-being, increase mental and physical performance and enhance the body’s response to stress.
Sarpgandha: Clinical studies have shown Sarpgandha’s ability to relieve insomnia, decreasing time needed to fall asleep while increasing deep sleep.
Ashwagandha: Studies have found Ashwagandha effective in the treatment of nervous anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness as well as reduce heart palpitations, chest pains, headache and gastric irritation.
Enjoy a cup of herbal tea at night. Create a bedtime ritual of drinking herbal tea to relax. Or try a herbal liquid tincture sleep formula containing Jaephal. Herbal remedies are scientifically proven effective and side-effect free. Try one of the many sleep formulas in the home remedies that contain Jaephal and other sleep inducing spices.
The formula of herbal tea to reduce stress is given below; which is available at the selected centers & may be prepared at home also. Each Kilogram of herbal tea contains:-
Rakta Chandan 350 gms. Methi 100 gms.
Ashwagandha 100 gms. Sarpagandha 30 gms.
Elaichi 10 gms. Lavang 10 gms.
Dalchini 10 gms. Jaephal 10 gms.
Tulsi 50 gms. Tejpatta 10 gms.
Saunf 50 gms. Yastimadhu 50 gms.
Golmirch 30 gms. Dhaniya 100 gms.
Ajwain 10 gms. Bramhi 80 gms.
Herbal tea can be taken with or without milk. Take ¼ spoonful of the mixture & boil in 1 cup of water. Add sugar & milk as per taste. The use of molasses is advisable in place of sugar.
Try these formulas & enjoy overcoming the stress.