Stress is a psychosomatic disorder that has many causes and is an unavoidable part of life. While some stress is normal and even necessary which can improve performance in situations such as sports activities or work, but if excessive or prolonged it can have a serious impact on your health. When a person is under stress, muscle tighten, heart beat get faster, breathing becomes rapid and shallow, and brain becomes more alert. A person may suffer from poor appetite, headache, migraines, difficulty sleeping, and increased susceptibility to infections. Also, feel anxious, irritable, tired, low concentration, sad, or depressed.
- Constantly worrying.
- Poor appetite.
- Constipation or diarrhea.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Tightness in the neck and shoulders.
- Difficulty concentrating and memory loss.
- Increased susceptibility to infections.
Home Remedies for Stress
- Ginger:Add 1/3 cup ginger and 1/3 cup baking soda to a hot bath for relaxation.
- Brahmi: Rub little brahmi oil or castor oil on the soles of your feet at bedtime.
- Sage: Drink a tea made from sage leaves sweetened with honey.
- Basil: Chew 10-12 leaves of basil (tulsi) leaves twice a day.
- Lavender: Place a drop of lavender essential oil on a handkerchief or tissue and inhale as often as desired.
- Chamomile: Drink chamomile tea, it has a calming effect and acts as a mild sedative.
Do’s for Stress
- Try to eat regularly. Never miss breakfast. Include plenty of vegetables
- Exercise regularly. Try 20-30 minutes of brisk walking, or go swimming or
bicycling. Practice deep breathing exercise.
- Do meditation. Meditation is one of the best ways to relax, dissolve stress,
and allow body to heal.
- Set aside a regular time each day specifically for relaxation; do not wait
until feeling exhaust. Go for a regular walk, or listen to music.
- Tackle only one problem at a time; if necessary, break it down into
smaller, achievable goals and work through them.
- Get sufficient sleep.
- Have positive attitude to life.
Don’ts for Stress
- Avoid high calorie and fatty foods.
- Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, colas, all white flour products, sugar,
food colorings, chemical additives, and strong condiments.
- Don’t bottle up worries. Share your feelings and emotions with close
relatives or friends. Talking about problems is not a sign of weakness.
- Don’t commit to tasks that you feel unable to do or don’t want to do;
delegate when able to do so.
- Don’t try to reduce stress by a short term solution by turning to alcohol or
- Feel unable to cope with stress.
- Feel depressed.