How to Deal with Stress Holistically
I’m going to give you some ideas on how to deal with stress holistically, so that it doesn’t become a big part of your day to day living.
How can you Deal with Stress Holistically?
Holistic means whole – for me, it means taking in your mental, physical and spiritual bodies when putting a plan against stress in place.
You have to understand stress – why do you feel edgy, nervous, panicky and irritable when pressure builds up?
When situations feel overwhelming, our natural Fight or Flight hormones kick in. These go right back to when we were really faced with life and death situations – kill or be killed, for example, a wild animal attacking you. Adrenaline, which is the Fight or Flight hormone, is an important and necessary part of our genetic makeup and keeps us safe.
However, the world we live in now can trigger this hormone due to the pressures we all face every day. Recognising these unpleasant feelings for what they are – a reaction to a stressful situation – is a big part in dealing with them.
I’m panicky because…I’m stuck in traffic and won’t make this important meeting.
~Change this to: I’m panicky…but I’m going to be fine, if I’m late, I’ll explain the reason, I can’t do anything about it so…r-e-l-a-x. That way, I’ll arrive looking and feeling professional (as I want to appear) and ready for business
It sounds simple and it is!
We need to be at our best to deal with stress – feeling strong and healthy. Here are some simple tips to help create a strong physical defence against stress:
- Get enough sleep. A massive problem in today’s society. So much to do, too little time. Delegate, organize, make time for yourself and be in bed, lights out, by 10 pm at least 3 nights a week. Your whole body will recover and regenerate even more during these extra hours of sleep that you get. So important!
- Cut down on white sugar and food that contains sugar. Sugar is yummy, but too much can be toxic. It’s a vicious circle; we’re tired, we’re hungry, our blood sugar is low, so we grab soft drinks, candy bars, donuts, chocolate etc…for a super quick energy boost. The next time the stress munchies hit, try a piece of fruit or wholemeal snack (no sugar) instead. In the long run, you’ll have more energy to copy with daily stress. If you have too many toxins in your body, it’s busy trying to deal with them instead of the stress.
- Drink plenty of water. This is crucial. Tiredness is a big part of reacting badly to stress and being dehydrated is unbelievably common in today’s society. Try to drink 8 glasses or 2 litres of water every day. You’ll feel better and look better too. When you feel good, you’re ready to tackle stress.
Look after yourself spiritually. Do you know where you’re heading in life? Do you wonder why you’re here? Do you have a plan? What are your beliefs? These are just some of the questions we all ask ourselves from time to time. Investigate forms of meditation to calm and relax you and also to help you answer any soul searching questions you might have. This in turn will help you feel more balanced, confident, self-assured and happy – feelings that are not conducive to feeling stressed and anxious.
Read up on different religious beliefs to find out other ideas about the world, the universe, the human race. When big questions are considered, daily stresses can seem very small and insignificant.
Finally, our emergency stress items.
These items are so handy to have around your home, your office, your car – wherever!
- Australian Emergency Essence or Bach Rescue Remedy. The classics – a couple of drops on the tongue, and within minutes you will be feeling calmer.
- Tiger Balm. Potent, powerful balm that instantly cools and refreshes – use sparingly. For a quick cool down in a stressful situation – this is the one to use.
- The homeopathic remedy Gelsemium. Unsurpassed for treating anxiety at an upcoming event – meeting, interview, travel etc…Take a couple of times the evening before, a couple of times on the day of the event and the nervous edge is gone.
- Lavender essential oil. A couple of drops on a tissue, or smoothed on the temple will induce feelings of peace. Smells lovely too.
I would also recommend a visit to ourstressfullives.com which is a great site also dealing with stress, how to cope, how to relax and lots more!
Why not take a look at the following books as well – well informed is well armed!
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