5 Stress Tips by Heath Experts

Today's post is a guest post by Fawne Hansen of AdrenalFatigueSolution.com. Fawne is an author and wellness coach specializing in the treatment of chronic stress and adrenal fatigue. In this post she graciously shares stress management tips from 5 health experts. Enjoy! Stress - business person stressed at office

If you’re a busy professional, you understand just how hard it is to balance the pressures of work with a healthy and happy home life. We are working harder than ever before, and we are subject to much higher levels of stress too.

Coping with stress is not usually a case of avoiding it altogether. Quitting jobs or exiting relationships are not always possible or even desirable. Instead of trying to remove stress from our lives, we often need to focus more on managing it better.

We’ve all read articles on how to beat stress, but I was intrigued as to how the health experts deal with stress themselves. So over the course of 2 months I interviewed 50 different health experts and asked for their unique, personal perspectives on stress managements. You can see the full list here - http://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/health-experts-favorite-stress-tips/ - but I have picked out 5 of my favorites to share with you today.

#3  REED DAVIS Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Course http://functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com

In my practice, I find myself constantly counseling practitioners and clients on how to identify both EXTERNAL stressors like the demands of work and relationships and INTERNAL stressors such as inflammation, pain, and infections. Together, we use functional lab testing and a holistic grounding program to eliminate stressors and identify healing opportunities that support the body in building health.

Personally, I try to live my life as stress free as possible, which is not always easy with the growth of FDN, speaking engagements, new projects, and consulting work. To counter stress, I eat a nutrient dense diet, get proper rest and regular exercise. Additionally, I incorporate the following principals to keep myself grounded.

1        A Clear Sense of Purpose. By clarifying what is most important, I can focus on one or two key things and focus less and delegate the less important, eliminating stress.

2        Connect with Nature. Stepping outside and breathing in fresh air, walking barefoot on grass, and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin energizes me and provides a valuable sense of inner peace.

3        Relinquish Control. By surrounding myself with a team of talented individuals, colleagues, and friends with whom I can share challenges and burdens as well as joys and successes, creating a sense of community and shared responsibility.

4        Laugh. The act of laughter instantly relieves stress. Finding humor in my life and not taking myself too seriously has always been in my stress reduction arsenal. I have also found humor to be a great tool to break the ice and put those around me at ease in an otherwise stressful situation.

#6  JEN WITTMAN Holistic Health Expert, Thyroid Specialist and Vitality Coach http://thehealthyplate.org

Oh stress relief!  I must do something at least once a day to keep my body focused, centered and energized. But the biggest thing I do for myself is take 4 hours, once a week to reconnect with me.  I take my trusty journal and a bunch of magazines like The Intelligent Optimist, Mindful, Yoga Journal to a sacred space in nature.

First, I write out all my “crazy” in the journal.  I just let loose!  Anything that comes to mind gets written out and released in my journal.  I always say to myself, “I’ll just write for 5 minutes.”  What starts as a quick and simple 5-minute writing exercise invariably ends up whisking me away from the world and connecting back to myself for about 40 minutes.  I let the pencil guide my journey and stop when it tells me the writing is done.

After that, I take several deep breaths.  I connect to my heart and make sure everything that has been stored up for the week is offered up and released.  I spend time being grateful.  I take in my natural surroundings and say thanks for this moment and all living things on earth.

The finale to this delicious time alone? I dive deep into those magazines and lose myself to new ideas, beautiful and touching stories and the inspiration of our oneness.  Spending these 4 hours with myself every week is like pushing a giant reset button.  It’s a touchstone for self-care and having something to look forward to each week is stress relief itself!

#14  DR. ANDREA MAXIM, ND Naturopathic Doctor, Speaker, And Author Of ‘MAXIMized Health’ http://www.themaximmovement.com

The best piece of advice I received from a seminar I listened to on Stress was this – “If you’re not going to stress out about this 1 year from now, do not bother about stressing out about it now”.  That means if you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, don’t sweat it!  If a deadline is looming, you will always get your tasks accomplished so do not start doubting yourself now.  Stress is just a mental game and it does not need to win every time.

If you’re having difficulties dealing with stress or stressful situations, I always gravitate towards herbs: Black Current Bud, St. John’s Wort, Oatstraw or Skullcap.  These help you keep your cool when you feel like you’re entering hot water.  Other remedies can offer you instant relief when the anxiety starts mounting like Rescue Remedy drops or Pasceflair tablets.

If these suggestions are unattainable and you need relief now, start with one deep belly breath.  You can literally change your hormones with one deep breath. Try it now! Put your hand on your belly and take a deep breath in through the nose (count of 3) and out through the mouth (count of 3).  If that hand doesn’t rise and fall, you are not deep belly breathing.  You must fill those lungs with air completely to change your stress response.

#37  LISA RICHARDS Digestive Health Expert, Author of the Ultimate Candida Diet program http://www.thecandidadiet.com

My favorite remedy for stress is very simple — taking a long walk along the beach near my house. I like to stop in a quiet area and do some deep breathing exercises. The rhythmic sound of the waves, the fresh sea air, and the warmth of the sun all have a tremendously calming effect.

My readers know that I’m also a huge proponent of good quality probiotics, and recent studies have suggested that they can reduce long term stress levels. One animal study in 2011 showed that mice fed probiotics had a lower physiological response to stress than mice who had not taken probiotics. And in a more recent human study at UCLA, researchers found that supplementing the diet with probiotic yogurt actually moderated the response to emotional tasks.

#40  CHRISTA ORECCHIO Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Counselor, Founder Of The Whole Journey http://www.thewholejourney.com

Our energy level, digestive wellness, and state of mind can be dramatically, positively or negatively, affected by our breathing. Slow, deep breathing helps to alkalize the body while activating the parasympathetic nervous system which gives the body a chance to recuperate, regenerate, and heal. Incorporate five minutes of deep breathing a day, and you will surely experience tremendous benefits.

When you watch a baby breathe, the whole belly expands and contracts. As we age, we tend to breathe more from our chest, resulting in shorter, shallower breaths. As you concentrate on “breathing from your belly,” you will bring more oxygen into your lungs and throughout your body. You will feel more focused and centered. The beauty of these techniques is that you can do them anywhere – in the car, in the middle of a meeting, before a big event, etc. They do not require special equipment, and you don’t even have to close your eyes once you have learned the techniques.

I've hope you've enjoyed these tips - and maybe get out there and put a few into practice. Don't forget to check out the original article, containing stress management tips from 50 health experts HERE

And for more helpful stress busting information and guide on how to regain your energy levels check out Fawne's book, The Adrenal Fatigue Solution at http://www.adrenalfatiguesolution.com/get-started/

Happy stress-free Friday!

xo,

Danielle