Don’t Stress About It

Better Nutrition - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

Stress comes in many diff er­ent shapes and sizes, some of which aren’t al­ways ob­vi­ous— work pres­sure, debt, ill­ness, wor­ries about chil­dren or aging par­ents, and the list goes on. There are also psy­cho­log­i­cal forms of stress such as hold­ing on to things and stuffi ng down feel­ings. Re­gard­less of the cause, all forms of stress can neg­a­tively aff ect health and men­tal well- be­ing.

There are a lot of eff ec­tive ways to deal with stress and lighten your stress “load.” We have some sug­ges­tions in “Stress Re­lief Tool­kit” by Tina Ru­bin on p. 38. For ex­am­ple, here’s an easy stress man­age­ment tip that can pay off in a big way— set aside 15 min­utes each morn­ing for your­self. Read, med­i­tate, write in a jour­nal, drink a cup of tea, go for a walk, etc. This helps you ease into the day, and when prac­ticed over time, in­creases your body’s re­siliency to stress.

You may think kids are too young to be bur­dened by stress, but stud­ies show that even school- age chil­dren may have high lev­els of chronic ten­sion and anx­i­ety, says Lisa Turner, au­thor of “All in the Fam­ily” on p. 32. “If your kids strug­gle with stress, help them cope; be sure they’re get­ting proper sleep and nu­tri­tion. Don’t over­sched­ule them; down time is the fastest re­ju­ve­na­tor for kids ( and grown- ups).” You can also sup­port tech- lov­ing kids with apps. One to try is Hel­loMind, a kid- fo­cused app that off ers guided hyp­no­sis ses­sions.

Sup­ple­ments can help quite a bit when it comes to blunt­ing the eff ects of stress within the body. My fa­vorites are medic­i­nal mush­rooms. Ac­cord­ing to mush­room ex­pert Tero Isokaup­pila, au­thor of “5 Amaz­ing Mush­rooms for WholeBody Health” on p. 53, reishi and chaga are among the best mush­rooms for help­ing you stress less. “Tak­ing reishi will not only in­crease your qual­ity and du­ra­tion of deep, rest­ful sleep, but will also al­low you to func­tion at peak lev­els dur­ing wak­ing hours,” says Isokaup­pila.

Stress is ev­ery­where. There’s no way to avoid it com­pletely. The plus side is that you can re­duce the amount of stress in your life and al­le­vi­ate the kind that you can’t con­trol. It might take time and prac­tice, but mak­ing stress man­age­ment a pri­or­ity will make you a hap­pier, health­ier per­son.

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