How to reduce stress is a huge problem especially for people in western societies. There are three types of stresses: Physical, Psychological and Environmental or Social.
The first group of stress factors affect physically, for example: hunger, hot and cold, illness, pain and injury, viruses, lack of sleep. This psychologically affects your mind. Examples are: loneliness, fear, and death of a relative or friend, threats to security, rejection, and depression.
The Social occurs on your environment and they include: unpleasant work, extreme weather, economic depression, family environment and friends. It’s highly unlikely to find someone who hasn’t suffered from some kind of stress in their lives. Some of the symptoms of stress are: Tension, anxiety and confusion, withdrawal and depression, feelings of isolation and alienation, boredom and job dissatisfaction and low self-esteem. So how you can reduce your stress? One factor is the nutrition. Most of us eat junk food, like fast food, snacks, refreshments which contain a lot of sugar etc. That kind of food will cause illness sooner or later. Medical research has proved that during the stress situations particular vitamins are needed to maintain proper functioning nervous and endocrine systems.
Deficiencies of vitamins B-1, B-5 and B-6, can lead to anxiety reactions, depression, insomnia, and cardiovascular weaknesses, while vitamins B-2 and niacin deficiencies have been known to cause stomach irritability and muscular weakness. Their depletion lowers your tolerance to, and ability to cope with stress factors. The B vitamins are amply supplied in protein rich foods. Vitamin C is found in: citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, green peppers You may want to give special attention to foods that provide those vitamins affected by stress, but not to the extent that you neglect other important nutrients.
Relaxation is the best tool you could use in order to reduce stress. You can achieve relaxation by following the techniques below: meditation, yoga, hypnosis, deep breathing and Progressive relaxation. Relaxation essentially means paying attention to something calming. For example, you can concentrate on your breath and your body. Your aim is to calm your mind and lower your metabolism.
A great tool to help relaxation is massage. Many still associate a massage with a treat or a spa day and fail to understand the real health benefits that regular massage sessions can bring.
Not only can a massage help you relax but also it can help with pain, sleep, and circulation. And regular sessions will leave you much more able to cope with everyday stressful situations.
Managing our stress is very important if not crucial to our overall well-being. Make sure you have the tools to help manage yours.