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Stress Release Via Personal Care
By Phil Beckett
Copyright © Physique Concepts Inc.
If you notice a greater deal of stress at home or work, or
any other place for that matter, try to learn helpful ways to
talk about conflicts and reduce the stress.
Take notice of your everyday actions and activities to see
what, if anything you can modify in order to make your life
simpler and relieve your feelings of stress.
Simple things like avoiding high traffic areas and times of
the day, assigning certain household chores and other
responsibilities to other members of your family, carpooling
your kids to school and other activities, with their friends
parents, etc. can have a very positive affect on relieving
chronic stress and making your life easier over-all.
You will notice that some of the situations that cause stress
will turn out to be beyond your control; stress is just a side
effect of it.
If both your family and friends support you (which they
should), it will make it much easier to handle. Try to spend
more time around people who make you feel better about
And just as important, avoid those people who time and
again leave you feeling distressed, worn out or
Find some time every day to relax. You'll be able to recover
from the stress of the day.
In addition, there are certain relaxation methods that can
help you relieve the effects of stress:
Meditation, tightening and loosening each muscle group in
your body one after another;
Closing your eyes and visualizing a soothing scene, and
listening to peaceful music;
Sit quietly and breath slowly and uniformly. Close your eyes
and inhale and exhale slowly through your nose. Pause for 2
seconds after you exhale and repeat until you feel the stress
Here are just some ways exercise helps with stress:
Exercise may help to cause positive changes in the brain by
releasing serotonin contributing to feeling relaxed and
satisfied and increase alpha-wave activity in the brain
producing a calming effect;
Exercise can help to get your mind off negative, stressful
thoughts. Most forms of physical activity and exercise in
general require good concentration helping respect.
Exercising at a gym, at home or doing activities outside will
present an opportunity to work out any negative feelings
that cause you stress or simply clear your mind and think
about nothing at all;
Working out with someone helps to provide you with the
pleasure of companionship and prevents you from feeling
Exercise helps you feel vigilant and invigorated helping to
dramatically reduce your feelings of stress;
Exercise is a stress relief. It can help to ease nagging
muscle and emotional tension and helps you to have a
deeper and more relaxing sleep.
The connection between stress & nutrition;
One of the many roles nutrition has in helping you combat
stress rests primarily on it's ability to bolster your immune
system and replace those nutrients that your body uses in
greater amounts during negative situations.
Women who suffer constantly are commonly deficient in
magnesium. This deficiency can result in anxiety, fear and
in extreme cases hallucinations.
The thymus gland needs an anti stress vitamin called
pantothenic acid. Women need other B vitamins for proper
functioning of the nervous system.
A woman's need for vitamin C increases dramatically under
stress. You should be taking a minimum of 500 mg of time
released vitamin C per day.
If you're under a tremendous amount of stress you will
need much more than this each day.
Zinc will protect your cells from free radical damage.
In order to ensure that your receiving all of the vitamins
and minerals that you need each day you must take a high-
quality multivitamin supplement; this isn't an option!
You must also ensure that you are eating a well balanced
diet consisting of an ample amount of protein carbohydrates
with some fats.
Also, you must ensure that your body is being fed
consistently. This means you must eat 4 to 6 small well-
balanced meals each day.
Sugar and other starches can create an even bigger drain
on your body's levels of vitamin C and the B vitamins.
You should try to eliminate or restrict your consumption of
Make a concerted effort to take good care of yourself, get
enough sleep and try to make sure that your diet is
balanced and consists of a variety of nutritious foods.
The more you can recognize the cause of your stress and
make modifications to eliminate or reduce stress, the better
you'll begin to feel.
You really can eliminate your stress problem immediately,
Phil Beckett is the author of The New Women's Guide To
Successful Weight Loss & Fitness. He's helped thousands of
women with their weight loss & fitness goals over the
past 14 years. Visit http://www.womens-health-fitness.com