Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tips To Stress Less

Think you'd win a most-stressed competition? Than read on ...

Ninety percent - that's how many of us say we experience regular hits of stress.  Worse still, 43 percent of Australians aren't just slightly stressed, they are very stressed. If you believe the statistics, it means that nine out of 10 Australians could benefit from a good de-stressing.

Reducing your stress levels means you feel healthier, have more energy and will lead a happier life.  So, how do you make the change to move towards a brighter stress free future?

The first step is to make your health a priority.  Start by making a list and identifying the stresses that you can control and those that you can't.  Than, next to these, try to think about both a long and a short term solution.  Remember, there are going to be elements in your life that you may not be able to change, but you can manage them better.  The bottom line is, if you can't control it, manage it, but stop worrying about it!

If you have been through a major stressful time in your life, your body has taken a beating and is potentially at risk of more challenging health conditions.  This is why bringing in a little extra support from mother nature with herbs and nutritional support to nourish and nurture your adrenals and central nervous system can be helpful.

there are many herbs that restore wellness to a tired, depleted system.  However among some of my favorites are beautiful nurturing herbs like Passiflora incarnata  and Withania somnifera.  These can really provide much needed healing and support to a overtired, warn out, fragile system.  This is why a personalised herbal tonic can be one of the best places to start since it will give you that all important instantaneous lift to get you started.

Remember, things go wrong for all of us, whether or not and even how upset we get as a result depends largely on the way we think. Often you can't change other people or our life circumstances, but we can change the way we perceive them, and avoid upsetting ourselves unnecessarily.

Do some exercise - especially walking.  Physical exercise is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce tension and biochemical changes that are brought about by stress.  Most importantly, make a conscious effort to balance work and play. Engage in fun activities, including leisure, social activities, sports and interests. It's a simple, yet effective, way to lift your mood and diffuse the effects of stress.

Narelle Stegehuis, CEO of Mass Attack and Bumpfertility is a practicing naturopath with over 30,000 hrs of in-clinic experience. Specializing in the natural treatment of women's hormonal imbalances, she has a trained eye for hormonal weight gain. Uniquely, for patient convenience, her programs are offered via the internet. She is both an accomplished writer and recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award. To find out if your hormones are causing your symptoms, visit http://www.massattack.com.au