April is National Stress Awareness Month, and I thought I would complete April’s RnA ReSet blog series by giving you a few tips for relieving stress.
On my Internet Radio Show last Monday night, I told the story of prescriptions I wrote to help over-committed people lower their stress. Everyone laughed when I said, “I wrote a prescription for her husband to do the dishes every night.” or “I wrote a prescription for the man to take two 15-minutes breaks completely away from the office.” Even though you can see these prescriptions with humor, what it points to is that people are over-committed and under-resourced in their daily lives. So, writing a prescription to reawaken their ability to balance competing goals is health-promoting.
I specifically write about women being over-committed in the Stress Section of my Future Health Now Encyclopedia:
The best advice for this situation is to set goals and priorities, recognize your individual limitations and not overextend yourself.
Women, in particular, place too much pressure on themselves to perform in too many roles. They take on a full-time job while maintaining a family and caring for both partner and children. Most women feel they should be able to “do it all” and feel guilty if they can’t. Cut back on your workload and take better care of yourself before you become ill. Often illness is a subconscious way of cutting back giving you a guilt-free reason to slow down.
Tips to Reduce Stress
- Re-examine your goals and reset your priorities.
- If you find this challenging, consider consulting with a stress counselor to help you understand what realistic goals look like for you.
- Exercise — this is an excellent stress reducer.
- Eat food that nourishes your body. Consider a diet consistent with your blood type, the keto diet with modified fasting that I write about, or a yeast reduction diet.
- Make sure that you are adequately hydrated.
- Study adrenal and thyroid health.
- Use calming herbs in moderation, such as hops, valerian, and skullcap.
- Supplement with ReMag, ReMyte, and ReAline to improve the structure and function of your cells and, therefore, your organs and systems.
- Consider using 500-1,000 mg of tryptophan at night before you go to bed, if you have issues falling asleep.
Next month I’m going to be talking about the underlying conflicts the body resolves by seemingly being out of balance. Resolving these conflicts will reduce stress and improve your body’s overall health.
Dr. Carolyn Dean