Saturday, August 28, 2010

STRESS!!!! AHHHHH!!

We all deal with stress everyday.  And in our fast-paced; technological; fast food society, which is intended to simply life, the stress seems to be mounting more and more. 

Of course, the first thing is to slow down a bit and make sure to take time for yourself.  Most people want to but rarely know how.  I also want to add that slowing down to eat is really important here.  Not only does it help reduce stress, it helps maintain a healthier weight.  Reducing caffeine will also help lower stress.

So on to what other natural ways there are to help relieve stress. 

*"Medical studies have shown that people suffering from high levels of stress often have lower levels of B-Complex vitamins in their system. Whether the stress lowers the levels or the lower levels contribute to the stress is yet another question. The answer, however, is obvious. Increasing levels of B-Complex vitamins can help.

B-Complex vitamins include B1 (improves mood and is vital to nerve function); B3 (regulates sleep); B6 (for optimum production of serotonin); and, B12 (helps produce “feel good” brain chemicals).


Vitamin A helps to clean up the system of toxins that naturally deplete energy levels. Low energy levels can contribute to stress because of the decrease in the energy we need to manage our own stress.


Vitamin C is also used up quickly during stressful situations, and in addition, a Vitamin C deficiency can contribute to feelings of anxiety and irritability, resulting in a vicious cycle of stress.


Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps control the production of free radicals in our bodies, which can be harmful. The production of free radicals in the system is natural, and sometimes occurs as part of the disease prevention process in order to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, sometimes unnatural factors increase the production of free radicals – things such as pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, and chemicals and herbicides. Our bodies require an adequate influx of antioxidants to combat overproduction of harmful free radicals. Damage from free radicals also increases with age.


Pantothenic acid affects the activity of the adrenal glands, which play a very important role in our responses to stress. "


Now remember you don't have to take a bunch of pills to stock up on these vitamins.  There are tons of foods like citrus fruit, green vegetables, proteins and so on that you can introduce or increase in your diet to meet these needs.

And since meditation and relaxation are a big part, aromatherapy is especially helpful in relieving stress.  The following are great stress relief aromatherapy oils:
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)


Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutica)

Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile)

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Helichrysum or Immortelle (Helichrysum agusifolium)

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia)

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

Neroli (Citrus aurantium bigaradia)

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Rose (Rosa damascena)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Sandalwood (Santalum album)

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Check out the various scents and see which one(s) you like before purchasing.  It will do no good to get something you don't like the smell of to relieve stress.

*REFERENCE: http://www.essortment.com/lifestyle/vitaminsrelieve_tqsp.htm

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