Stress management is the topic at hand. I’ve had many people asking how to do this. January and February always seem to be stressful months for a lot of people. It’s right after Christmas and the bills start piling in (money problems). Depending on where you are living you may have experienced a job loss or just keep hearing people talk a poor economy (fear). Possibly you are dealing with some relationship stresses due to mood changes (seasonal depression).
Listen, that’s why I created the 90 Happy Healthy Days and launched in for this time of the year. It’s important to focus on what it positive and good. 20 times and day 3 times a day. I wasn’t kidding. Many of us need this, it’s a practice a personal discipline. I understand that some stress is hormonal or chemical and I will get to that in a second but for the rest of it, you can change the way you think and stop the negative cycles in your mind.
If this is something you struggle with, know you aren’t alone. I find that finding positive stories to read of successful people gives me hope, I also tap into my spiritual leaders and pray for help when I need it, this always calms me down and helps me focus my energy in hope, and truth. If it’s your fitness, diet or exercise you need help with, reach out. I want to help.
As for chemical or hormonal stress and mood changes I mentioned that you may be deficient in a one or more vitamins in your diet. This is common in people who are new to dieting.
I just thought I would give you a few ideas. Make sure if this is a real concern that you see a doctor or natural path.
Vitamin D- Most people in Northern places are not getting enough sun that leads to vitamin D deficiency, which causes depression.
Calcium and magnesium- I put them together because I find when people are difcient in one the other is usual low as well.
Omega 3- You need a balance of omega 3 and 6. Omega 6 is found in nuts and other oils such as sunflower oil, soybean oil, sesame oil. It’s likely you don’t eat fish everyday so adding a omega 3 supplement may be in your best interest.
I’ve also been drinking Lemon Balm tea lately and found that to have a calming effect on my nerves and is helping me sleep a bit better.
Make exercise a priority- It will release serotonin and give you the energy to blaze through your days.
Take things off your list of things to do that aren’t urgent. We often overload ourselves and it only causes unnecessary stress.
Live within your means. Many people get into habits that cause money to become a stress factor. Buy groceries and make your own food. Be less wasteful, create friendships that are low maintenance and don’t cost money, you know what I mean ( stop competing with the Jones or keeping company with people that always need to spend money eating out and drinking).
Plan your meals and eat a low sugar and high nutrient based diet. Don’t give yourself an excuse to not be prepared.
Shut off electronics 2 hours before bed. Read a book instead and practice your positive thinking before bed. Don’t worry about tomorrow because it hasn’t even happened yet.