Stress Reducing Techniques

Stress is part and parcel of contemporary living, and being an entrepreneur brings its own stresses from running a business. Stress is the body's response to changes in life, beyond our control, originating in our minds, and manifesting through the body. Stress can be good or bad depending on the situation; in a good sense, it can motivate and stimulate us to do better, such as acute stress. But on the downside, chronic, perpetual stress can overwhelm us mentally, physically and emotionally, leading to burn-out and disease. The body responds to physical or emotional stress by producing the adrenal hormones: epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine and cortisol as a coping mechanism. Triggering the stress response repeatedly compromises our health and leads to adrenal fatigue and burnout. The good news is there are steps we can take to reduce the deleterious effect of stress, such as:

  • Consuming a diet of fresh organic whole foods (chemicals put stress on the body): such as fruits and vegetables and healthy fat and protein.

  • Avoiding refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, all boxed and processed foods.

  • Reducing and curtailing your intake of caffeinated beverages: coffee, black teas, energy drinks and colas which are extremely hard on the adrenal glands.

  • Instead drink plenty of clean, filtered water daily. Half your body’s weight in ounces. Or caffeine-free herbal teas, herbal coffees such as Teeccino or Ayurvedic Roast.

  • Limit your alcohol consumption.

Other stress reducing techniques:

  • Plan you day ahead and give yourself extra time.

  • Don’t try to do it all yourself; get help.

  • There are so many hours in a day. Plan and segment some “me and family time”.

  • Regular exercise or Yoga

  • Meditation and prayer

  • Deep breathing exercises (from the belly)

  • Journal writing

  • Visual guided imagery

  • Listening to classical music

  • Aromatherapy ( using essential oils e.g. lavender, geranium, chamomile; also Clary Sage for relaxing)

  • And the easiest of all laughter

  • Deep, restorative sleep - without the aid of drugs or alcohol.

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments.

  • Also, treat yourself regularly to a deep, tissue massage, as this can remove pent-up tension trapped in the body, and incorporate fun into your life. J

Overall stress now and again is not a bad thing. But constant acute stress and the more insidious chronic stress can be deleterious if not fatal. When stress controls our life, it can be a downward spiral to a myriad of health problems. The key is to live life in balance: physically, mentally and spiritually.