While life is a beautiful event, things don’t always go our way, and like two sides of a coin, we will experience both sides throughout our lives. Unfortunately, dealing with feelings of stress is something that is unavoidable and is a collective experience amongst us all. Many things in life are out of our control, which, naturally, can make us feel anxious. However, if we do not manage our stress levels properly, it can affect our mental and physical health. Because of this, we must incorporate effective stress management techniques into our daily lives to help improve our overall well-being. Even though we can’t control every aspect of our life, we do have the ability to control how we respond to stress. Living a happier and healthier life can become your reality when you learn to manage your stress effectively.
Having a good set of stress management techniques in place is essential to your overall health and well-being. Remember, even in moments of chaos, we can still experience feelings of calmness and serenity. Check out some of the ways to prevent and relieve stress that may help you cope so that you can live your life to the fullest.
Get Your Body Moving– Moving your body every day is crucial if you want to feel better about yourself and keep those feelings of stress at bay. Physical activity can help enhance your feelings of well-being by releasing feel-good endorphins and other neural chemicals that can help refocus your mind and improve your mood.
Eat a Healthy Diet– A healthy body equals a healthy mind, so make sure you are fueling your body with organic, wholesome foods and stay away from that which is processed and full of chemicals. Eating a well-balanced diet is crucial if you want to have and maintain a sense of balance in your life. If you need a pick-me-up, eat foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce the symptoms of stress.
Breathe and Stay Positive– Your mindset is everything in a situation, and while we can’t control everything that happens to us in our life, we can control how we react. Keeping a positive attitude and learning to be mindful can help you combat the adverse effects of stress. Mindful practices include yoga, Pilates, meditation, and tai-chi, all of which can help you relax and combat the feelings of anxiety that often comes from negative thinking.
Laugh It Out– While forcing yourself to laugh when you are feeling blue may seem like a difficult task, laughing can help trick your nervous system into making you happy. So the next time you are feeling blue, put on your favorite comedy movie or television show. As soon as you start laughing, you can help decrease the levels of adrenaline and cortisol, the stress-causing hormones, and increase the endorphin levels in your brain that can improve your mood.
Avoid Caffeine– While you might love that cup of black tea or coffee, drinking caffeine in large doses can cause a short-term spike in blood pressure, which can cause the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis) to go into overdrive. An excellent alternative to this is to drink green tea, which is lower in caffeine and full of healthy antioxidants. Also, the amino acid, theanine, which is contained in green tea, is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system.
Take Supplements– Stress can deplete our bodies of vital nutrients, so it is important to complement your diet with daily supplements. Theanine and L-tryptophan can both help foster a state of calmness and have a positive effect on the physical and mental symptoms of stress. Dr. Salerno’s Adrenal Factor can help support healthy adrenal function and counteract the adverse effects of stress by rebalancing cortisol levels. In addition, taking a high-quality multi-vitamin such as Dr. Salerno’s Ultra Daily Essentials can help ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to function like a well-oiled machine.
IV Therapy– An alternative to taking vitamin supplements, IV therapy is a safe way to infuse vital nutrients into the body directly. At The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, we offer high-quality IV therapy protocols for both anxiety and depression. Our anxiety IV therapy can help those who suffer from chronic stress, as it includes magnesium, theanine, and inositol, a naturally occurring serotonin regulator, to help negate the effects of stress on the body and restore vital nutrients. While our depression IV protocol can help supply the vital nutrients needed, such as serotonin, tryptophan, and vitamin B6, to improve sleep, anxiety, aggression, mood, and sexual dysfunction.