Quick Action Plan For Stress

  1. Emphasize an organic, whole foods diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and adequate amounts of essential fatty acids. Unless you suffer from low blood sugar, your protein intake should be moderate. People with low blood sugar should increase their intake of quality protein foods (organic, free-range poultry, meats and wild-caught fish) while decreasing their carbohydrate intake. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day, to avoid dehydration, a common but overlooked cause of stress.
  • Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast can add to stress levels by making you more tired and irritable.
  • Avoid all sugars, refined carbohydrates, food additives and preservatives, and processed foods, and minimize your intake of alcohol and caffeine.
  • Regularly practice relaxation exercises and/or meditation.
  • Exercise at least three times each week, for 30 minutes each session. Gentle aerobic exercises combined with moderate weight training can significantly relieve stress and improve your overall mood. Be sure not to overexert yourself, however, as doing so will only increase your stress levels.
  • Useful nutritional supplements include vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, as well as a complete multivitamin/multimineral formula.
  • People who are hypoglycemic should also supplement with chromium and the amino acid glutamine, taken in a dose of 1,000 mg three times a day, 30 minutes before each meal.
  • Useful herbs for dealing with stress including American ginseng, chamomile, passionflower, and valerian root, all of which can be taken as teas.
  • Bach flowers and other flower essences can help to heal unresolved or inappropriately expressed negative emotions that can cause stress, as well as many other physical health problems. Rescue Remedy is a general all-purpose Bach flower tonic.
  • Get adequate amounts of sleep each night and be sure to go to bed at the same time.
  • Set up your daily schedule so that you have plenty of time to deal with your daily tasks, and focus on accomplishing those that are the most important first.
  • Cultivate your sense of humor and laugh more often.
  • Avoid long periods of isolation. Spend regular quality time with your loved ones. If you live alone, seek out your friends.
  • Find and devote yourself to one or more hobbies that you truly enjoy.
  • Become more conscious of your fears and worries and examine them objectively. Doing so can significantly reduce their hold on you.