Simple Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Stress Levels
By Liz Barrington,
Natural Body Healing
If you’re always rushing around and
constantly under stress at work or home - then unfortunately
your health will suffer as a result. The more stressful your
lifestyle, the more your body will not work effectively in
digesting food and getting rid of its toxic waste. These toxins
will eventually accumulate and remain inside the body, slowing
down your organs - causing disease and health problems.
Here are some small changes to your
lifestyle that will help reduce your stress levels
Stabilise your blood sugar levels by eating 5 or 6 smaller,
wholesome meals throughout the day. Avoid caffeine, sugar,
artificial sweeteners and salt which play havoc on your entire
high quality protein such as fish, chicken, soya, pulses, beans,
spirulina and eggs and reduce your consumption of red meats and
plenty of high-fibre whole-grains, beans, fresh fruit and
vegetables. Make your own delicious fresh smoothies and fruit
juices each morning to start the day.
‘natural’ foods rich in important vitamins and minerals and
avoid processed foods.
REDUCE your alcohol consumption (1-2 small glasses/day
other stimulants in your diet such as tea, coffee, chocolate and
fizzy carbonated drinks.
Take these important Daily Supplements:
Multivitamins & Minerals, Antioxidant complex, Essential Fatty
Acids: Omega 3 and Omega 6, Vitamin C, Probiotics and Vitamin B
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you regularly feel stressed, there are some great combination
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Be relaxed at mealtimes, sit
down, eat slowly and chew your food properly to aid digestion.
Always eat breakfast and aim to eat a small evening meal by
7.30pm at the latest.
Detox yourself regularly,
making sure you drink at least 4 pints of filtered/mineral water
a day (and avoid tap water). Regular ‘cleanses’ are
essential if you’re looking to de-stress your body and keep
for more information about detoxification.
Also drink plenty of ‘calming’ herbal teas such as camomile, green
tea, peppermint, ginger and liquorice.
Try to stop smoking and avoid
social drugs completely – they’re not healthy for you, or for
those around you!
Exercise moderately 2-3 times a week to reduce stress and
improve circulation of your blood and lymphatic systems.
Yoga, pilates, tai chi and meditation are all great for relieving
stress. Breathe deeply and slowly whenever you feel anxious to
help calm your body. Get some fresh air and go for good long
walks in the countryside – feel closer to nature.
at least 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night. Listen to
relaxing music, burn a candle or incense, or even read a book to
help calm the mind before you go to bed. Avoid watching TV or
working on your computer just before bedtime.
Relax and unwind in the evenings and at weekends – listen to
‘calming’ music. Make time for
you, pamper yourself – have regular aromatherapy body and foot
massages, Indian head massages, manicures, pedicures, treat
yourself to a reflexology treatment. It’s important for you to
take regular time out to relax!
Make the most of your recreational leisure time. Get away from
watching the TV every night and regularly socialise with friends
and family; take frequent holidays or short-breaks; explore and
do different things - start a new hobby to boost your
self-esteem, take up singing or dancing lessons, learn to play a
musical instrument; lose weight; keep fit – make time to
enjoy yourself, make new friends and have FUN!
strict with yourself and make sure you leave work on time. Only
work late occasionally, if absolutely necessary. This
will ensure you get a healthy work/family/leisure balance in
Surround yourself with friends and family, positive people who
you enjoy being with – be HAPPY! Laughter is one of the
greatest stress relievers around!
At the beginning of the week,
make a list of actions you’d like to realistically accomplish
and then tick them off as you complete them. You’ll have a real
focus and feel a great sense of achievement by the weekend.
Take an optimistic approach to
future ‘stressful’ situations. Utilise positive visualisation
techniques to help calm your mind. For example, imagine you’re
on a relaxing, exotic island - experience the sounds, the sights
and the smells – and see how relaxed it makes you feel. Think
of this feeling of ‘calmness’ whenever you’re in a stressful
If you don’t like shopping when
it’s busy or standing in shop queues, go and do your shopping at
quieter periods throughout the week to avoid any unnecessary
Evaluate your home,
sleep and work
environment – are they making you ill? Switch off mobile
phones and WiFi Routers at night and keep all electrical
appliances away from your head/bed headboard area -
their frequency emissions seriously stress the body! If you live in close proximity to high-voltage power cables or mobile phone masts; if you're exposed to industrial fumes or perhaps farm chemicals; or you work in an industry with exposure to high toxic chemicals
such as building, plumbing, cleaning, printing, hairdressing; this could be affecting your health. If this is the case, take action and make necessary changes which could involve moving away or changing jobs.
Everything has to evolve – so
chill out! Embrace and readily accept any unplanned changes in
your life. Don’t dwell over the past – start looking forward,
be flexible and optimistically plan for the future. Always be
open to new challenges and experiences – you never know where
they may lead!
It’s all about
putting your life into perspective, taking responsibility and
looking after yourself to make sure you reduce your
stress levels. At the end of the day, your own health
should be your highest priority, because without good health,
you may not be able to fulfil your own personal dreams and
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If you’re more relaxed and you’ve got more balance
in your life, you’ll become much healthier and happier. You
only have one body, which has to last a lifetime - so
remember to look after it.
The above information should not be treated as a substitute for the
medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care