Stressors are anything that threaten or adversely affect your health. These may include issues at work, poor eating habits, anything that allows negative or potentially hazardous substances into your body. These stressors can be internal or external in nature and sadly, many of them can’t be avoided. We do have lives to live and jobs to work, after all.
However, do not be discouraged (another bad stressor that will adversely affect your overall health). While you can’t avoid stressors, there are ways to combat them. Below are some Rx for various stressors (this is by no means a complete list):
Migraines, recurring illnesses, lowered immune systems, rashes, headaches, aches and pains, sluggishness, poor sleep patterns, etc.
1. Avoid foods with preservatives, dyes, and basically any type of unnatural sugar or processing.
2. Avoid carrying around excess weight. There are some great weight loss programs out there. While I have found great success with Take Shape For Life (and coach for other TSFL clients), find a program that works best for you.
3. Avoid seemingly healthy foods that are modified (GMO). There’s been a lot of debate over GMO lately but the truth of the matter is natural and unaltered is always best (that includes dehydrated which is easily returned to it’s natural state with the addition of water).
4. Avoid over the counter and prescription remedies as often as possible. Most ailments were treated effectively LONG before science stepped in and began creating drugs. Look for natural remedies such as essential oils, vitamins, minerals, fresh foods and herbs, or techniques such as massage to combat most ailments. These natural remedies are non-invasive, non-addictive, and work with the body to help it heal itself.
5. Exercise properly and safely. Over exercising is just as harmful and not exercising at all.
Stress, anger, depression, anxiety, etc.
1. Learn to quiet your mind and refocus. Mediation is a great tool as is learning the art of relaxation and release. A healthy regime allows for a period of quiet or mediation each day.
2. Exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body. It releases those happy endorphins which aid in healing and have an uplifting and calming affect on our minds.
3. Learn to prioritize. People who work off of lists are naturally healthier than those who do not. Why? Because they are less stressed and changes do not throw them. They have learned to prioritize so they always have a plan of execution.
4. Learn to say NO. Those who take on too much often find that they can’t do anything effectively.
5. Find coping mechanisms. Take time out, use essential oils to help clear your mind or calm you down in stressful situations, step away from highly volatile or stressful events until you are relaxed and better able to address the concern.
Marriage, lovers, work, children, parents, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
1. Avoid relationships where you are giving 100% all the time and the other person is doing all the taking.
2. Cultivate relationships based on mutual respect and trust and avoid those that offer only distrust, selfishness, and criticism.
3. Make God or a Higher Power your first priority. Doing so will help you see the best in others.
4. Remove people who are toxic or only bring drama into your life. It is less likely that you will be able to lift them up and more likely that they will bring you down to their level.
5. Communicate. I can’t stress this enough. The key to every great relationship, be it romantic, work or other, is the ability to communicate effectively and listen even better.