Natural Stress Remedies That Work Now
I share with you four principle strategies to dealing with a stressful situation.
Helpguide.org calls it the Four A’s.
Dealing with Stressful Situations: The Four A’s
Avoiding the stressor means learning how to say “no”, avoiding situations and people who stress you out, make changes to your environment if you need to, i.e., if crowds at the grocery store stress you out try to go at different times or shop online or if the evening news agitates you, consider not watching it anymore, avoid potentially emotionally charged topics, i.e. politics, religion.
Altering the stressor means trying to deal differently with the stressor. For example, if you are quick to anger because you feel too emotional try taking a walk around the block before you explode, if you normally don’t speak up for yourself then practice being more assertive where you are generally not. Deal with the situation in new creative ways.
Adapting to the stressor means changing how you feel, think, and act towards the stressor. Ultimately, change from the inside out. Focus on what’s positive, adjust your standards and be okay with just good enough, gain perspective of the matter – is this really worth getting upset?
Accepting the stressor means accept what you cannot change. Learn to forgive and make peace. Accept that there are things beyond your control. Share your feelings even though you know there is nothing that can be done.
As you practice the 4A’s you will want to incorporate other practices as well.
You will want to consider herbal therapy to help heal from your stress (see a list of herbs below); you will definitely want to incorporate physical exercise (yoga, tai chi, qi-gong, aerobics, swimming or routine walks); consider mind-body medicines such as massage therapy, journal writing, mindfulness meditation, deep breathing techniques, guided imagery. Aromatherapy is very healing. See a list for stress related problems below. Try talking with an holistic therapist or spiritual director in order to express your feelings. Include a life-giving diet (i.e. cutting out junk foods, sugars, caffeine, eating more greens and proteins.)
Anger, Anxiety: Basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender, marjoram, melissa, neroli, ylang-ylang
Depression: Basil, clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang-ylang
Insomnia: Basil, chamomile, lavender, mandarin, marjoram, melissa, neroli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, thyme, ylang-ylang
Nervous Exhaustion: Basil, cinnamon, citronella, coriander, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, nutmeg, rosemary, ylang-ylang
Nervous Tension: Basil, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, melissa, neroli, palmarosa, rosemary, vetiver, ylang-ylang
Some herbal medicines that you may want to discuss with a naturopath or whole foods representative to help you with stress are:
Valerian, has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, it promotes relaxation in persons leading a hectic lifestyle and helps support restful sleep.
Hops, has been used traditionally for nervous disorders and irritability. It has been known to be beneficial in the treatment of insomnia and sleep disorders because of its calming effect.
Passion Flower acts like a sedative. Recent studies have pointed to the flavonoids in passion flower as the primary constituents responsible for its relaxing and anti anxiety effects.
Scullcap is considered the best general nerve tonic of all the nervine herbs.
Catnip nourishes the stomach and nerves. It calms the nervous system and is used also for digestion.
Kava Kava is used for anxiety, stress relief, insomnia, and to relax the body.
Chamomile is helpful as a digestive aid, tranquilizer and immunostimulant. It helps with mild sleep disorders, nervous stomach, and depresses the Central Nervous System.
Rhodiola reduces stress on the heart and normalizes irregular heart beat. Research has confirmed its anti-fatigue, anti-stress and cardiotonic effects.
Relora offers the relaxing qualities of the benzodiazepine class of drugs without negative side effects. Relora is an exciting new natural anti-anxiety, anti-stress relief formula that helps control stress-related eating and drinking that is non-sedating with potential anti-depressant properties.
Combinations of popular herbs like Valerian, Hops and Black Cohosh traditionally used to relax the body’s systems and provide general health maintenance.
GABA can be taken to calm the body in much the same way as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), and other tranquilizers, but without fear, of addiction. GABA has been used in the treatment of epilepsy, hypertension, anxiety, and attention disorders.
L-Tyrosine is an essential amino acid and a precursor of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine (adrenaline) and the thyroid hormones. Used to treat insomnia, depression and anxiety, as an appetite suppressor, elevates mood, a natural GH releaser. Should not to be used while taking prescription antidepressants or MAO inhibitors.