Fighting Stress Part II

Continuing on from last time…

And if you missed Part I, you can go here and read it now

Article Series

What we are going to do is give you methods of dealing with stress and how to prevent it. This will be done in a series of emails for your benefit.

So What do You say we get started?

Great!

Anxiety… Stress…

Lets look at some herbs and another thought frame for stress.

Maybe you have felt the pull of anxiety. The fear of making a mistake — that — in your mind can never be rectified.

Maybe it is a fear of the unknown.

Maybe it is that people will laugh at you, or something worse.

If you are or can really be in control of the situation, then take control.

I would like to suggest this outlook for you:

If you are or can really be in control of the situation, then take control.

Because…

Even if you do nothing you are still doing something. If you can change your outlook of the situation do it.

Try to figure out why you are having the anxiety. Dissect it piece by piece. Examine why you feel that way.

Remember, you are in control. If you start feeling overwhelmed ask yourself… Why? Then make sure you give yourself a true and real answer.

When I feel nervous about something I like to ask myself what is the best that can happen and what is the worst that can happen. In most instances I will have found that in similar situations I have experienced the best scenario and the worst scenario. I’m still here so there is nothing to worry about.

What’s the best and worst that can happen?

When I feel nervous about something I like to ask myself what is the best that can happen and what is the worst that can happen. In most instances I will have found that in similar situations I have experienced the best scenario and the worst scenario. I’m still here so there is nothing to worry about.

If you can not control the situation, prepare for the worst and prepare for the best. That will put you in a position to either minimize the negative impact or maximize the positive impact of the situation.

Don’t get caught “Napping”.

If you want to try something interesting… look at the following herbs:

  • Kava: one of the most researched herbs for anxiety and stress.
  • Valerian: folk remedies use it to relieve emotional stress, pain, and tight muscles (maybe it will help with tension headaches?).
  • California Poppy: is another one for relieving stress.
  • Hops: (yeah, let’s go have a beer!) Hops has been used in “Folk Medicine” to soothe nervous tension.
  • Passion Flower: is known for helping to ease anxiety and insomnia caused by worry. It has been used to fight muscle spasms, and can act as a gentle sedative and pain reliever.
  • Lemon Balm: is known to have properties that will gently sedate people, ease headaches, and more.
  • Lavender: is famous in aromatherapy for the relaxing properties of it’s fragrance. Try sleeping on a pillow scented with Lavender. Do not put pure oil directly on skin however.
  • Linden: is another herb that has a long history of being used as a mild sedative, pain reliever, etc.
  • Chamomile: is also used to calm nerves. It can help settle your stomach, but it is best It can help settle your stomach, but it is best not to use it in place of regular tea on a daily basis. Use it when you need it.
  • Reishi mushroom: seems to be (pardon the pun) popping up everywhere. It is good for a wide variety of ailments. In Asian culture it is used to calm the spirit.
  • Skull cap: can aid in sleep, calming anxiety, and more.
  • Catnip: is not just for cats. It can soothe the nervous system, ease tension, and make your cat feel giddy!
  • Oats: Yes eat your oatmeal. Oats can have a tonic affect on your nervous system, and help fight stress in addition to helping fight cholesterol.
  • Hawthorn: can help when the stress begins to tighten up in your chest.

Now that we are done with those here is something else to consider…

You can also simply meditate.

Here’s a great way to take a mental vacation…

Imagine the most relaxing place you can, and put yourself there in your mind.

Make it feel real.

Listen and hear the sounds as if you were really there.

Smell the smells as if you were there.

Try This…

For example, sometimes I will imagine myself at the beach.

After sitting for a few minutes with my eyes closed, I imagine the feeling of the sun on my back. I feel the gentle warmth of the sunsine slowly relaxing the back of my head, down to the back of my neck, down to my shoulders… it becomes almost impossible to have tension in that gentle warm sunshine.

Then I hear the waves coming in to the shore. I hear them rolling in to shore and hitting the beach with a gentle whoosh.

I hear the waves rolling back out.

Then I hear seagulls laughing and calling each other.

Just as if I was really sitting at the beach.

I smell the smells of being at the beach.

Then I hear the playful laughter of little children.

I start to smell the smell of sun tan lotion, and the smell of fresh water at the beach.

Again I feel the feeling of the sun on my back.

I feel the gentle warmth of the sunsine slowly relaxing the back of my head,… down to the back of my neck,… down to my shoulders…

Just reading the above, did you feel it?

Did you feel like you were there?

Did it help get your mind off whatever you were thinking before?

Did it help you relax a bit?

5, 10, or 15 minutes of putting yourself mentally in such a place will do wonders for your outlook…. and health.

As the old commercial said “Try it… you’ll like it.”

Let’s hear your ideas…

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