Find out which food and aromatherapy remedies can help. Did you know that some foods can help you reduce or manage stress better and promote a healthier lifestyle?
This post is the second blog post in a series about STRESS and how to manage it with a Naturopathic approach.
If you haven’t read the previous introduction – what is stress and some life habits that can help you reduce it, then start here.
When you are under stress, your body reacts:
- Within a couple of minutes during a stressful situation, adrenaline is quickly released into the blood, sending impulses to organs to create a specific response.
- Your body increases the metabolism of Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins to gain rapid energy.
- The body loses amino acids and minerals like potassium, phosphorus and magnesium and stores less calcium in the bones.
- In this situation, the body absorbs fewer nutrients, especially the B vitamins, an essential part of the nervous system’s proper functioning.
- Also, the body lowers the digestive system’s secretion, which causes problems like constipation and IBS.
- Stress weakens the body, the immune system and reduces its healing power.
So here are some of my tested suggestions if you suffer from a long stressful period-
The first step is to start with a healthy diet with sufficient vitamins, minerals, tryptophan and antioxidants.
- A balanced, varied diet and complete and restore those MINERALS and VITAMINES that the body has lost.
- Raise your SEROTONIN levels to support your mood while suffering from stress, and there are natural ways to do this. Serotonin is the essential hormone that stabilises mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. You can’t directly get serotonin from food. Still, you can get tryptophan, an amino acid that’s converted to serotonin in your brain. Tryptophan is found primarily in high-protein foods. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that positively impacts mood and cognition. Its dietary intake is vital for its proper supply.
- Also, a diet rich in antioxidants can have a positive impact on mood and cognition. (1)
Here are Suggestions of foods that you can add to your diet while you are feeling stressed:
The second step is to offer external support to your body.
- Take a relaxing bath. Just soaking in warm water can help to relax the muscles. A relaxing bath and some aromatic candles can help you take a break from the outside world. Maybe while reading an inspiring book?
- Use essential oils, add few drops to your bath. Before adding the oils to your bath, mix the essential oils with sweet almond oil. It nourishes the skin and diluting the essential oils. When adding the oils blend to the warm water, the oil molecules evaporate, and you can enjoy the calming influence these oils have on your body. While smelling the aroma of essential oils stimulates and uplifts emotions and naturally calms both mind and body.
- For extra relaxing baths, try to add the following to your bath: bath salts that encourage overall relaxation, especially for those who suffer from tension or muscle cramps.
Some essential oils to add to your bath:
- Rose absolute – rose oil is one of the best oils that help calm your mind while overthinking and worries as it restores a sense of security and well-being.
- Frankincense – helps to induce the feeling of peace, relaxation and satisfaction. It fights anxiety and enhances relaxation. From a spiritual point of view, it helps to increase intuition and spiritual connection.
- Bergamot – a sweet, citrus aroma used to uplift emotions, relieve stress and promote energy.
- Lavender – helps to induce calmness and relieves symptoms of anxiety-like nervousness, headaches and muscle pain.
- Ylang Ylang – eases the mind, releases nervous tension and supports the whole body relaxation. Ylang Ylang is also used to help retain moisture in the skin and hair.
Other useful tips
Go out jogging or have a relaxed walk outside on a sunny day. The fresh air is always an excellent way to be feel relaxed.
Speak with a close friend/ family about whatever worries you.
Concentrate on the positive side of your life!
That’s all for this time!
In my next post, I will introduce you to Adaptogenic Herbs, which might help stress. And are traditionally used to manage stress.