by Dr. Randy
These are difficult and challenging times for many people. Whether it is illness, financial difficulties, or just life’s seemingly interminable problems, we all need to take heart and have faith. Between frustrating political struggles in an election year and a government that has become increasingly dictatorial and corrupted by corporate interests, things can seem overwhelming at times. For many, 2016 is a year of upheaval and change.
During times of stress it is important to keep perspective and overcome doubts and fears. The best way to accomplish that is to remain positive, maintain our community support system, and pursue our own spiritual path. All of that begins with family support and communication.
Several tools can assist in the process of managing stress. Here are four things to do every day.
The first is meditation or relaxation, focusing on the breath. In times of stress, take deep breaths. And at regular opportunities close your eyes and just observe your breathing. Children can easily learn to meditate through guided meditation sessions. Here is a site with some meditation recordings for children.
Of course, exercise is a great way to work off stress and essential for children as well as adults. Exercise improves mood, helps concentration, and promotes quality sleep. Keep moving. Avoid sitting for extended periods of time. Take walking breaks. Consider a standing work station for your computer. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, hiking, running, biking, a sport, or resistance training with weights, and put it on your calendar.
Trees, grass, water, forests, mountains all provide nourishment for the soul. Countless studies have confirmed what we all experience, that nature has a calming and rejuvenating effect on the body and mind. Go outside. And make sure that children get outdoors to play.
If worry, anxiety, sleep problems, or persistent thoughts are a problem, supplements can help. Calcium and magnesium can calm children or adults. B vitamins assist in maintaining emotional and mental balance.
Several amino acid formulas can help balance neurotransmitter function and have a calming effect. GABA is probably the most important calming neurotransmitter to decrease stress reactions. Two specific amino acids assist in GABA production, taurine and 4-amino-3-phenylbutyricacid (phenibut). Combinations of these two chemicals reduce stress and anxiety.
Homeopathy can have a dramatic ability to balance stress reactions.
And finally, Chinese herbal formulas can reduce anxiety and support the spirit.