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Eight Proven and Easy Ways to Cope With Stress

Thursday, October 02, 2008 by: Sheryl Walters
Tags: chronic stress, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) Living in modern times means that we all have to deal with stress. Sometimes stress can be a positive force in our lives. It can motivate and get us going. However, sometimes stress can really get us down. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools out there to help us cope and deal with stress.

1. When people get stressed they naturally touch their forehead. This is because touching the forehead does actually relieve stress. Put two fingers on the boniest part above the eyebrows and think about whatever is causing you tension. You will be able to feel a pulsating underneath your fingers. When the pulsating has eased and you feel that it is difficult to think about the stress, then you are finished. It is sometimes easier to do this to someone else than on yourself, so you may want to find a friend to exchange with.

2. Say "thank you" to your stress. View your emotional ups and downs as an avenue to learn and grow rather than as an enemy that must be gotten rid of. Getting angry at the stress only creates more distress and makes you feel worse. Thanking it, even if you have no idea how it is going to help you to learn in the future is empowering. It gives you hope, which puts positive energy into the situation. Feeling grateful is one of the first major steps towards change.

3. Flower Remedies are amazingly powerful at combating emotional stress. There are flower remedies from every corner of the earth, and every set comes with a list of what each remedy is good for. You can either read through the list to decide which remedy suits your particular problem, or you can skip the list and see what remedy intuitively draws you in.

4. Vitamins C is a good stress vitamin. When under pressure or emotional strain, eat foods that contain vitamin C such as kiwis, oranges, and bell peppers. You can look on line to find others. This vitamin is known to balance and calm, allowing you to get back to your normal self.

5. Affirmations can be a great way to change the repetitive patterns of thought that you can fall into. For instance, if you always think that you are fat and ugly, you could repeat "I am beautiful just as I am". There are acupressure points that are useful in helping the affirmation really get into the body energetically. You can tap around the ear from front to back (temporal lobe). If you are saying a negative affirmation, for example "I have no need to worry about the future" then tap around the right ear. Then you can tap around the left ear and say a positive statement such as "I live in the moment".

6. When you have an issue where there is a conflict, you can tap small intestine 3, which is in the middle of the side of the hand down from the pinkie. For example, if you want to be nice to your mother, but there is a little part of you that doesn't want to, you could say "I want to be nice to my mother" while you tap. If you want to eat healthy food, but tend to overeat junk when you are feeling low, you could say "I deserve to eat healthy food."

7. Drink a lot of water. Stress is highly dehydrating. You have probably noticed that when you are really tense, your mouth has gone dry and cottony. While on a normal day you need 2 litres of water, on a day packed with emotional stress, you may need more like 2 or 3. You could also supplement some of that water for chamomile tea, which is hydrating and also calming.

8. Meditation and yoga are a great way to relax and get your mind off of your problems. Focusing on the body and breath will offer you a little holiday from being immersed in emotional upset. Just a few minutes can make a huge difference.

About the author

Sheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner.
Her website www.younglivingguide.com provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others.

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