Stress and Mood

Because we are each unique, there is no one-size-fits-all cure for stress, but here are some starters to get your heart rate down, and relax the muscles. Interestingly, you will see that what cures, also prevents.

Be aware that adrenaline from stress remains in your bloodstream for up to 48 hours, so you could be hypersensitive and on edge for two days – unless you use that adrenaline up. Physiologists have proven that only exercise or body movement reduces excess adrenaline immediately.

  1. Meditate or learn to breathe slowly and deeply
  2. Get a decent sleep of at least seven hours a night, get up at the same time every morning (even weekends), and eat a healthy breakfast
  3. Drink lots of water and eliminate drinks containing sugar or artificial sweeteners. Don’t self-medicate with alcohol as it is a depressant
  4. Burn essential oil such as lavender to help calm the mind. There are over a dozen oils beneficial to calming and relaxation, plus they work on children and pets
  5. Remove yourself from the stressful situation, if it is appropriate
  6. Laugh and smile. It not only lowers blood pressure, but triggers the brain to release endorphins, natural painkillers and serotonin, plus it boosts the immune system. As much as you might hate doing it, even faking a smile tricks the brain into releasing “feel good” natural drugs. However, best not to laugh in the face of someone upset with you!
  7. Watching flames is calming. Fire up the fireplace, an outdoor brazier, pizza oven, BBQ, or just light candles.
  8. Sneak one or two pieces of dark chocolate a day.
  9. Pre-empt stressful situations. Christmas comes every year whether you like it or not. Fill the car with gas before you have to worry about running out.
  10. Anger management counselling will help you to consciously practice letting go of negativity and things that make you angry or anxious.