written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Sep 20, 2021

Stress appears in our lives in so many forms prompted by many circumstances and it plays a major role in our health. These tips obviously don’t cover such a large and importnat topic in detail, but they offer handy ways to reduce stress before, during and after it arises.

  1. Nutrition – Avoid too many stimulants like caffeine and excessive sugar. Focus on high-nutrient natural foods to keep the body nourished and relaxed. Artificial chemicals may create increased toxicity and inflammatory stress.

 

  1. Supplements and Herbs—as needed, support the body and its organs: e.g. for the adrenals use vitamins B and C; plus benefit from herbs like licorice root, ashwaganda, and Siberian ginseng; or support for liver through body detoxification (giving the liver a little rest) along with various nutritional products, such as alpha-lipoic acid or milk thistle herb containing silymarin.

 

  1. Exercise—Regular physical activity offers a great program for stress reduction. There are also many valued “internal exercises” as tai chi and qigong.

 

  1. Social support—with a listening, caring friend or family member; with more significant issues, a licensed therapist or counselor could be helpful.

 

  1. Behavior Modification—learn how to replace undesirable behaviors with more desirable ones through positive or negative reinforcement. Similarly with your thoughts – practice rethinkingseeing a challenging situation differently and visualizing the desired outcome.

 

  1. Attitude—How do you look at life? Make positive changes to support your mood and energy level. Check our my  resources on Attitude within the 5 Keys to Staying Healthy

 

  1. Meditation and Breathing—deep breathing aids relaxation and stress reduction programs/methods such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

  1. Prayer—as with meditation, tune into what’s right and best for all; as your belief in any higher power. The main prayer might be, “Thy will be done through me.”

 

  1. Laugh—watch a funny movie or TV show. Your sense of humor is a great stress reducer.

 

  1. Connect with Nature—take a short walk – fresh air, trees and water can help us calm down and rebalance.