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7.2 Foods That Are Good for Stress

Eating in response to stress can be a good habit if you choose the right food. Resisting the urge to consume comfort food can be difficult at first, but once you experience the positive results gained from calming foods, you will never again want to indulge.

Healthy food can naturally support a positive mood and alleviate pent-up anxiety. Wise dietary choices can also counteract the negative effect stress has on your mind and body. As you struggle to manage your personal and professional responsibilities, choose food from the following list. 

Fruits such as bananas can give your brain a shot of dopamine, a natural mood enhancer. They and other fruits also contain B vitamins which act as calming agents for your nervous system. Magnesium, a mineral contained in bananas, is also recognized as an ingredient that supports a positive mood. Oranges, berries and avocado also offer stress-relieving benefits. 

Leafy green vegetables and red peppers are among the many vegetables that can help your mind and body fight stress. Other good choices include sweet potatoes, garlic and asparagus. By adding vegetables to your diet, you increase your magnesium levels and thereby control anxiety and combat ADHD. 

Nuts can help you satisfy the urge to eat in response to stress while providing you with a line of defense. Walnuts and pistachios, for example, have large amounts of good fat as well as vitamins such as B21 and E. Nuts can boost your immune system and give you an edge against anxiety and depression. 

• Eat salmon and other seafood such as oysters and fish to get a healthy infusion of omega-3 fatty acids that can limit stress hormones and fight inflammation. Including fish in your regular diet also helps you fight anxiety, so make sure to dine on fish at least one a week. 

Wholegrain flour bread gives you a great tasting option for alleviating stress. Complex carbs boost serotonin in the brain for longer periods than simple carbs do. When you choose whole grain bread and pasta, you gain benefits that can stabilize your blood sugar over a longer period than what white bread can do. 

• You can daily drink four cups of herbal tea such as chamomile, rooibos tea, and black tea over a period of six weeks or longer to stay calm in stressful situations. People who make drinking herbal tea a habit also have lower cortisol levels in their system after dealing with a high-stress event. 

Dark chocolate - Chemistry can explain why people feel better when they eat chocolate. Still, not all chocolates are equal. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can block feelings of depression and pain inside the brain. When you eat dark chocolate during times of stress, you might discover why some experts describe it as an anti-anxiety drug. 

Water - You should never underestimate the effects of dehydration and indigestion issues on your body. Such symptoms of stress can make you feel as though you were having a medical emergency. Drink water throughout the day to keep all your bodily functions working well while flushing pathogens and toxins to give you a sense of well-being, even when you have a tough day.

7.3 Thyroid Problems

Hormones carry chemical messages to various parts of the body and are vulnerable to stress. Although different glands in the body are responsible for different hormones, the thyroid gland is often the most susceptible to stress and therefore gets much attention in the news. As a gland that is responsible for regulating stress, it can wreak havoc on you if it stops properly functioning. 

Your thyroid gland has a direct impact on the way your body and mind reacts to stress. Unfortunately, stressful situations can overwhelm your thyroid causing a broad range of symptoms. Under normal circumstances, your adrenal and thyroid glands work together, but stress can disrupt their functions and cause you to experience changes in your weight and lose control over your emotions. 

Events such as divorce, death in the family or a career change can cause hyperthyroidism, a condition that can cause weight loss and autoimmune dysfunction. Hypothyroidism often results from chronic stress and can cause weight gain and other symptoms. Fortunately, you can alleviate stress on your thyroid through diet and good habits. 

Gluten, a common component of pasta, pastries, crackers and seasonings, can cause your body to react poorly to stress. If you suffer from the effects of stress, a gluten-free diet might help you. Of course, a generally balanced diet can also help you prevent or overcome thyroid problems. Daily, you should take care of your thyroid by eating nutritious meals and taking supplements such as iodine, selenium, copper, iron and vitamins A, B, C and E.

Lifestyle adjustments can also help break the link between stress and your thyroid. Getting enough sleep, for example, can help your body regulate your neuroendocrine system. Relaxation, especially before bedtime can also help your mind and body recover from a stressful day. Simple exercises, walking, yoga and meditation can also help alleviate stress. 

If your thyroid continues to present stress-related problems, consider visiting a therapist. Sometimes negative responses to stress can become so ingrained in your psyche that you do not recognize them or otherwise cannot resolve them on your own. A therapist can guide you through your current patterns and then reinforce existing positive responses and create new ones that will help you break the cycles that are causing your stress-related thyroid problems.

7.4 Bad and Unhealthy Habits

You have already learned that what you eat can affect your ability to manage stress. Nutrition can help alleviate stress outright and also help you break the connection between stress and your thyroid. Now, you should consider your personal habits to learn what you can do to identify break bad habits and either create or reinforce good habits that will help you alleviate stress. 

Every time you crave something to eat, take a moment to understand your underlying motivation. You might discover that you often automatically reach for your favorite comfort foods without paying any attention to what you are doing. Emotional eating can exacerbate the effects of stress in your body, so make a conscious effort to regain control over your impulses. 

Mindful eating gives you a chance to understand why you want to eat and then either resist the urge or deliberately choose something to eat from the above “Foods That Are Good for Stress” list that will help your body manage stress well. 

If you continue craving for food, try learning some tactics to get you through those intense moments. Some people find that watching dynamic visual noise (DVN) helps disrupt cravings in your mind. Try putting a link to DVN on your smartphone so you always have a powerful tool at your side to break your emotional eating habit. 

Burning a scented candle, incense, or smelling anything other than food also helps some people put the brakes on their emotional eating binges. To avoid burning things in the office, try keeping some jasmine on hand to sniff when things get tough. Other aromas such as green apple and water might also do the job. 

Nicotine and alcohol habits work in ways similar to emotional eating. When either one or all of these three habits are in play, you can create a self-perpetuating cycle. After feeling stressed, you do something that makes you feel more stress, which, in turn, causes you to again react poorly. 

The same tactics that can help you become a mindful eater can also help you avoid mindless consumption of cigarettes and alcohol. When you take control over your habits, you can enjoy them in moderation rather than as a self-destructive outlet for stress relief. As a result of being in control of your reactions to stress, you will probably notice that your productivity increases as well as your happiness. 

 

Stress can manifest itself in your body in many dangerous ways, so alleviating it with healthy foods and an active lifestyle can help you improve the quality and duration of your life. Moderating your habitual responses to stress can break the cycle of stress in your life and help your mind and body feel great. 

Now that you understand how healthy foods and habits can help you live a stress-free life, you can look forward to a better life. You will also enjoy reading the next chapter. There you will learn the ins and outs of available dietary supplements that can strengthen your resistance to stress.

8. Alleviating Stress with Dietary Supplements

Herbal medicine, also called phytomedicine or botanical medicine, is the use of plants or their parts to treat disease and improve health. Before we focus on herbal supplements you could use to beat stress and its effects, the following section will give a historical overview of the ancient tradition of herbal medicine.

8.1. Introduction to and History of Herbal Medicine 

The oldest known evidence of herbal medicine is a 5,000 years old clay tablet found in the Sumerian town of Nagpur. The tablet described twelve recipes for herbal medicines using over 250 plants including poppy, mandrake and henbane. 

The Emperor of China, Shen Nung wrote the “Pen T’Sao” sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC. In it, he described 365 drugs made from herbs, including some that are still used today. 

The Vedas, which are the oldest Hindu scriptures, also described herbal medicine. The Bible and the Talmud, a Jewish holy book, described herbal remedies and accompanying rituals. The Iliad and the Odyssey, which were both written by Homer around 800 BC, mentioned 63 plants used in herbal medicine.

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (459-370 BC) classified 300 medicinal plants by their effects. For example, opium, mandrake, and deadly nightshade were all used as narcotics. 

The Roman military physician Dioscorides was considered the preeminent authority on medicinal plants up until the Renaissance. In 77 AD, he wrote “De Materia Medica” which described 944 drugs, 657 of which were derived from plants. 

After the Roman Empire fell, monasteries cultivated and used most of the medicinal plants in Europe. The Arabs began trading with India and thus gained more medicinal plants including ginger and aloe. 

European explorers like Marco Polo (1254-1324), who visited China, Persia and parts of tropical Asia, and Vasco De Gama, who explored India in 1498, found and brought back yet more medicinal plants. The discovery of America in 1492 yielded a large number of medicinal plants new to European scholars including vanilla, red pepper, and Lobelia. Botanical gardens with medicinal herbs became increasingly common throughout Europe and were no longer solely the province of the clergy.

The 19th century saw the rise of pharmaceutical drugs that gradually supplanted the old herbal remedies. While pharmaceuticals could be more easily standardized than herbal drugs, they did cause side effects including addiction. Herbal medicines also have the large advantage of typically being less expensive than pharmaceutical medicines.

Modern research has found that herbal medicines can be effective treatments for a variety of conditions including allergies, migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and many others. According to one study, about 90 percent of arthritis patients use alternative treatments including medicinal herbs. 

8.2. Herbal Supplements That Relieve Stress 

Ashwagandha is a plant native to India, and its roots and berries are often used in Ayurvedic medicine. They are used to treat a wide variety of ailments including tuberculosis, backache and arthritis. Ashwaghanda is sometimes described as an “adaptogen” that helps the body cope with daily stress and can thus be used to treat insomnia and anxiety. It also contains chemicals that lower blood pressure and help calm the brain.

At least one study has shown that Ashwaghanda is as effective at treating depression and anxiety as conventional drugs like imipramine and lorazepam. It also caused fewer side effects than most such drugs.

Ashwagandha is usually taken as a capsule. Most patients take between 600 and 1000 mg twice every day. Patients with insomnia and anxiety may drink a cup of hot milk with a teaspoon of Ashwaghandha before going to bed.

Pregnant women should not use Ashwaghanda. The plant does interact with some medications, especially immunosuppressants, sedatives and thyroid hormone.

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an herb that is a well-known antidepressant. Researchers have found that St. John’s wort may be an effective treatment for mild or moderate depression; it also causes fewer side effects than most pharmaceutical antidepressants. Unfortunately, St. Johns’ wort also interacts with many types of drugs, including birth control pills, and these interactions can cause side effects. The biggest danger, which can be life-threatening, is a condition called serotonin syndrome caused by taking St. John’s wort with other antidepressants. 

St. John’s wort is usually taken as a capsule or liquid. In the various studies, researchers typically administered doses of 300 mg three times a day. Extracts made in the US contain variable amounts of the herb, so patients should carefully note how much St. John’s wort is in their medication. The dried herbs can also be made into a tea. St. John’s wort should be taken with food. 

L-Theanine, also sometimes called Suntheanine, is an amino acid that can be derived from Camellia sinensis (tea plant) or Boletus badius (an edible mushroom). It is used to treat high blood and anxiety and is also believed to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and enhance the effectiveness of cancer medications.

L-Theanine has a structure resembling that of another amino acid called glutamate that helps transmit the brain’s nerve signals. Researchers therefore speculate that L-theanine has a similar function. Japanese researchers found that giving volunteers L-theanine every day enabled them to sleep better. Other scientists have found that L-theanine can improve mood. While they do not understand the precise mechanism, they have noted that L-theanine alters the levels of amino acids that affect neurotransmitters like serotonin. 

L-Theanine is taken orally, either in the form of green tea or capsules. People using the latter should take a daily dose between 200 and 250 mg to decrease anxiety and/or improve sleep. So far, there are no records of drug interactions or dangerous side effects.

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) has been used as a calming agent and sedative for 1000 years. Valerian is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, menstrual cramps and headaches. While it does have fewer side effects than prescription sleeping pills, not all researchers agree on its effectiveness. It also interacts with some medications, especially psychiatric drugs. 

The FDA lists describes valerian as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS), for it has no major side effects. The main dangers stem from its sedative effects; it should not be combined with alcohol or other sedatives, and the patient should not drive or operate machinery while taking it. As there may be a risk of psychological addiction, patients should not take valerian for longer than four to six weeks.

Valerian is taken orally as a capsule, liquid extract or tea. It is typically taken three times a day, including right before bed time. The dosage varies depending on what it is being used to treat.

Rhodiola (Rhodioloa rosea) is one of the medicinal plants described by Dioscorides in 77 AD. The plant grows in cold climates like Russia and Scandinavia and is sometimes known as “the golden root.” For generations, rhodolia has been used to treat many conditions like fatigue, anemia, anxiety, impotence, depression and headache. In modern times, it is also used as a dietary supplement.

Some studies have found that rhodolia can reduce mental fatigue and improve physical performance. A study conducted in 2015 found that rhodolia was as effective as sertraline in treating mild-to-moderate depression and caused fewer side effects. 

Rhodolia medications are made from the plant’s roots. So far, researchers have found no evidence of drug interactions. Rhodolia is taken orally; in some countries, it can be made into a tea. The most common side effects include dry mouth and dizziness, but some researchers believe rhodolia is a blood-thinner and should therefore not to be taken by patients using other blood-thinners. 

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is a plant that has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. It fights stress and improves memory. Like Ashwaghanda, it is an adaptogen. Brahmi has been traditionally used to treat mental illness, epilepsy and asthma, and scientists are studying its efficacy in treating Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline related to aging, and anxiety.

The plant’s leaves contain bacosides. According to the University of Michigan Health System, bacosides improve mental functioning including memory and learning. Bacopa stimulates the repair of damaged nerve cells and the production of new nerve cells. It also enhances certain neurotransmitters like acetylcholine and serotonin and can therefore decrease the severity of depression or anxiety symptoms. 

The recommended dosage for Brahmi is 300 to 450 milligrams of extract that is 55 percent bacosides or five to ten grams of powdered Brahmi. Brahmi should be taken once a day.

Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that blocks signals between the brain’s neurons and thus reduces the brain cells’ activity. It also works with other nutrients like inositol and niacin to reduce anxiety and stress. 

The body naturally produces GABA from glutamic acid, and Vitamin B6 helps produce it. Some researchers believe that GABA may calm the nervous system and improve mood. Others point out that GABA can’t cross the blood-brain barrier, so GABA taken orally would not be effective. They recommend taking supplements like L-theanine that would stimulate the body’s production of GABA. 

GABA supplements can be taken in tablets that contain as much as three grams per tablet. Higher doses are used to treat depression or insomnia, while lower doses are used to treat anxiety. The tablets can be taken two or three times a day. While they do not cause any serious side effects, they may interfere with other medications or herbs.

Gingko is a large tree native to parts of Asia. Its seeds and fan-shaped leaves are used to treat a large variety of conditions. Gingko has been used in herbal medicine for millennia; in 2600 BC, it was described as a treatment for bronchitis and Lyme disease. 

Gingko seeds contain substances that might fight infections by killing fungi and bacteria. Unfortunately, they also contain a toxin that can cause seizures and loss of consciousness. The leaves are believed to improve blood circulation and to have antioxidant properties. Medications made from the leaves are used to treat vascular disorders, eye disorders, dementias, memory problems and anxiety. 

Gingko does interact with various drugs, especially blood thinners. People with medical conditions like diabetes or epilepsy should consult their doctor before taking gingko. Pregnant women should not take gingko.

Supplements made from gingko leaves are taken orally. The dosages vary depending on the condition being treated. Many people take gingko three times a day.

The Vitamin B Complex is a supplement that contains all eight of the B Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. All of them occur in foods, and they all benefit health in some fashion. Vitamin B6, for example, helps the body produce melatonin and serotonin and thus helps regulate mood and sleep. Vitamin B9 may help prevent memory loss and depression.

Vitamin B deficiencies may be linked to such conditions as depression, dementia, and decline in both memory and cognition. Fortunately, most people can get the needed B Vitamins by eating a balanced diet. People most at risk for developing a Vitamin B deficiency include older people, people with heart failure or alcoholism, people who have had bariatric surgery, and vegetarians and vegans. Anybody belonging to the above risk groups should talk to their doctor about taking a Vitamin B Complex supplement. Such supplements are taken orally, usually once a day, and can be in the form of tablets or gummies.

Kava kava (Piper methysticum) is a plant from the Pacific Islands whose roots have been used to make a ceremonial drink for centuries. Its effects are sometimes likened to those of alcohol. The roots contain chemicals called kavalactones, which proved to relax muscles, promote sleep and reduce convulsions.

Kava is also believed to promote relaxation and improve mood. Some researchers have found that kava can treat insomnia, anxiety and similar conditions. Unfortunately, there is some indication that kava can damage the liver. Researchers don’t yet know if the problem is due to drug interactions or overdoses. In 2002, the FDA issued a warning about the rare possibility of liver damage due to products containing kava.

People with liver disease should not take kava. Other patients should not take it for any longer than for four weeks. Kava is taken orally and can come in tablets, dried extracts, capsules or liquid. Tea can be made from the dried roots. 

Researchers have found that herbal medicines are effective and generally cause fewer side effects than pharmaceutical medicines. There are exceptions, and many herbs do cause drug interactions, so herbal medications should only be used after consulting a doctor. The patient should also follow the doctor’s instructions to the letter.

In addition, a patient should develop good health habits. Diet, exercise and stress management will all help a patient get the most benefits from their medicinal herbs.

9. General Tips on Stress Management

Chapters of the guide dealing with school, work, family and technology all touch on tips and tricks to fight stress in those respective environments. This chapter brings simple tips anyone can try, regardless of what area of life stresses them out. As with everything else, find what suits you and your needs and schedule a time to practice it.

1. Handle one thing at a time. - When you attempt to accomplish things, you should take them on one at a time. Grouping activities together will make you nervous that you can't perfect each one appropriately. It may also frustrate you that you need to divide your attention too much.

2. Simplify your schedule. - This tip is related to the prior one. When you schedule too many things, you feel pressured to accomplish them all. If you have many activities on your schedule, circle a few that are a priority and do them well. You'll find that, in the long run, you'll get more accomplished this way.

3. Read books/watch movies. - Reading books and watching movies can help you relate to the general human condition. You will realize that troubles are universal to humanity and will feel soothed by this. You will also pick up solutions that are suggested by the way that the story turns out.

4. Bubble baths - Taking a bubble bath will also soothe you. When your body is relaxed and pampered, your emotions will follow. You should add things to your experience that you enjoy and that relax you. Try drinking a glass of your favorite wine or having another delicacy.

5. Compose a mantra. - Meditation helps you focus away from your stress. A mantra is a word, a phrase, a sound or vibration that you use to focus on during your meditation. You should choose an expression that has a powerful meaning for you. 

6. Be proactive. - People who take charge of their lives and don't just let things happen to them experience less stress. When you feel more in control of your life, you feel more comfortable with how things turn out. It also makes things more predictable so that you aren't surprised by unexpected turns of events.

7. Simplify your finances. - When your finances are too complicated, it takes a toll on your energy and nerves. You should simplify your finances so that you make as few transactions as possible. For instance, you might notice that you save more money by withdrawing it from the ATM only once a month or paying in cash rather than using a debit/credit card.

8. Declutter. - When your home has a lot of clutter in it, it takes up mental space. Your mental focus includes the complexity of your living space. Try to organize your household in a functional way. Make it so that every object has a purpose and is useful to you.

9. Feng Shui your home. Feng Shui is the Asian art of arranging your home to balance your mood. You should pick up a book on how to achieve this, as it is a true and involved art form. 

10. Time organization/management - You need to plan ahead for each day what you will accomplish. It is important to schedule both activities and breaks to make sure that you don't get stressed out. Make sure that you have budgeted enough time for each activity, as this will give you some breathing room.

11. Establish a routine. - When you have a regular routine, your body and mind will go into automatic pilot, and you will get into a groove. You may even get into a 'zone' where your activity and experience will be optimized. This zone is also sometimes called 'the flow.

12. Time out (count to ten) - When you are in the middle of a hectic activity, it is important to sometimes take a deep breath and count to ten. This will help relieve any anxiety and stress that may be building up. Do this frequently during busy, hectic days. When facing a stressful situation where you feel you might react uncontrollably, run to the bathroom, wash your hands and/or count to ten. The solitude and water will help you relax.

13. State your needs. - You need to learn to be able to communicate your needs to others. This way, you will not feel as frustrated when dealing with other people. You should rehearse ahead of time exactly what you need to tell your family members, co-workers, and friends.

14. Worry box - Keep a box with slips of paper in it that express what is troubling you. This is a way of venting your feelings and keeping track of the issues in your life. Take time to address these issues one by one as time goes on. A more poetic, but a useful suggestion, would be to burn the box and your worries.

15. Keep a journal. - This is a variation of the worry box idea. Keeping a journal will not only help you keep track of your stress. It will also inspire you to come up with possible solutions to your issues. Your journal should include what happens during each day and the thoughts and feelings that go along with these events.

16. Assess the crisis. - You should evaluate exactly how difficult things in life are for you. This way, things that will not last forever will not seem so difficult. We have a tendency to become mired down in troubles when we don't evaluate exactly how serious they are. 

17. Imperfections are okay. - Perfectionists feel a greater load of stress than other people. It should be your goal to focus on function rather than perfection. Perfection is more an issue of the needs of your ego than what is really important.

18. Support system - You need to identify who the people are in your life that you turn to in order to talk things over. These people may be either friends or professionals. The best people to go to are ones that have a combination of intelligence and an ability to comfort you.

19. Don't procrastinate. - When you push things off, they have a tendency to accumulate and cause you stress. You need to commit to taking care of things at a constant rate. You should be careful about your schedule and don't let things take you by surprise.

20. Be smart about technology. - You should find and use apps that are useful for reducing stress. However, technology can sometimes make your life more complicated than it needs to be. Sometimes the cure is worse than the sickness. Find apps that help soothe you emotionally and help you organize your life.

21. Take a rest from technology. - Sometimes, the amount of time that we spend with technology is too much. We all need the human touch. Take a break from your computer screen to spend time with your loved ones and communicate with them. 

22. Allow yourself to grieve. - It is important to emotionally process the crises and tragedies in your life. Every person needs to be able to express their sadness as well as their joy. Set aside moments every once in a while to reflect upon the losses in your life. 

23. Leave work at work. - You should make a clear demarcation between the different parts of your life. At home, you should be primarily in relaxation mode. This will make you generally more productive in your workplace. It is even a wise idea to not spend so much time at home thinking and fretting about things at the office.

24. Say NO. - You need to be able to tell the people in your life when they are overburdening you. If you function by guilt, then you will certainly overload yourself. Try reasoning with the people in your life to tell them that you can only handle just so much before you will start to function inefficiently.

25. Work on what you can control. - It is important to not bite off more than you can chew. When you take on more than you can handle, you won't do anything well. Also, worrying over what you can’t control will bring you nowhere, but it will definitely bring you more stress.

26. Schedule time for doing what you love. - Everyone needs joy in their life. Focus on others, do some volunteer work, find an activity that you like, learn more about yourself. You need to take the time to smell the roses.

27. Do some gardening. - Gardening is a relaxing and productive activity. It will help you to focus on reflecting and managing your thoughts. Besides, cultivating flowers and other plants while weeding out the rest puts things into perspective - the same can be done with your problems and thoughts.

28. Act like a kid. - Do youthful things. Your youth was a time when you were more carefree, and you had less stress. Goofing off should be encouraged sometimes to help you regenerate. 

29. Dance. - Dancing is a way of relieving stress and expressing yourself. Find your favorite music and dance with a partner or even by yourself.

30. Reject negative thoughts. - Find a way to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. The reality is that life is filled with great opportunities for growth and reward.

Conclusion

This finishes the discussion on stress and how to resolve it. Seeing how difficult it is to give a fixed universal definition of stress, we proceeded to talk about typical everyday environments and situations that may cause stress. Family related stress lies at the center of our minds because family is so important in our lives. This includes the issues that surround financial stress.

Next, we dealt with the subject of school-related stress. School is important in our development but can cause a lot of strain. Nowadays, high college costs put an extra strain upon this to deal with the mounting costs of paying off student loans.

In the current state of affairs, work-related stress ranks high on the list. People have a tendency nowadays to go from job to job throughout their career, and there is no secure path as there was in days past. Also, work in general is stressful itself. The pressure to get things done quickly and satisfy the boss and possibly win that promotion and ease our financial worries puts a strain upon us that rivals most other kinds of stress in our lives.

In the world today, technology has become very prominent. Technology makes some tasks easier, but its overall effect is to create more burdens for us. The bar becomes raised, given that we can accomplish more. Also, we have more to take up our attention, given new technology. We are tethered to our home computers and our phones in a way that didn't exist before they came onto the scene.

The last part of the guide dealt with ways of relieving stress. It was seen that there are a lot of ways to relieve stress through exercise and changes in diet. Dietary supplements can be used in a way that can truly relieve a lot of tension in your life. And the final part of the guide dealt with a selection of tips that are useful for relieving stress.

The methods of relieving stress that are found in this guide are all natural. The benefit of using all natural methods is that you can deal with your problem without the unwanted consequences of using medication. Although prescribed medication is sometimes inevitable, it is always better to opt for a natural alternative solution to your health problems. Whether it is exercise or dietary supplements, the methods of relieving stress in the guide use the natural resources of the body.

By studying this guide you will be well on the road to dealing with the sources of stress in your life. Every person has the ability to make real changes in their life with the advice provided in this guide.

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