In this day and age, it's practically impossible to be unaffected by stress. Many people have especially stressful jobs. Others are juggling careers and family responsibilities. Even not having a job can be a significant source of stress.
While a little extra anxiety now and again may help individuals accomplish tasks when they absolutely have to, ongoing stress can lead to many undesirable health conditions over a long enough period of time. In a September of 2012 article in the Huffington Post, National Institutes of Health visiting scientist George Chrousos said that chronic stress has been linked to depression, migraines and heart attacks. Other sources confirmed that being stressed over long periods of time may harm a person's immune health.
Luckily there are many ways that people can calm themselves down a bit.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. encourages people with stress-induced headaches to consider taking up regular consumption of a cocktail of vitamin B supplements – specifically B6 and B2 on his website. Noting that stressful scenarios frequently lead to the body eating up whatever B vitamins it has on reserve, Dr. Oz says that 25 mgs of B2 and B6 a day could help reduce the pain of migraines or tension headaches.
In addition, when combined with magnesium, vitamin Bs may help some women's health problems that arise under extreme levels of duress, according to Dr. Oz.
Omega-3 fatty acid
One of the good kinds of fat, omega-3 seems to find its way on quite a few lists of best supplements. Nonetheless, Dr. Oz recommends two to three grams of omega-3 per day for lessening chronic neck, shoulder or hip pain often associated with and enhanced by extended periods of stress.
According to the Mayo Clinic, many styles of medication encourage the practitioner to divert his or her attention away from factors in life that may be sources of anxiety. The organization notes that – while many people prefer privacy and quiet for their meditative time – it's not impossible to meditate while going on a walk, riding the bus or in basically any situation where your immediate attention isn't required for something specific. Yoga, an ancient discipline of Indian stretching, is also pointed to by the Mayo Clinic as a good form of stress relief.
Keep things in perspective
The first thing listed on the website Stress Management Tips is "take a deep breath and count to 10…" which may sound a bit of a simplistic solution. However, when looked at in a broader context, that's actually pretty sound stress management advice. Sometimes it's important to remember that we can't control everything, as much as we'd like to. So when stress starts to feel overwhelming, it might be time to take the old adage "stop and smell the roses" literally. After all, what can flowers do except for alliviate stress?
Do your favorite things and rest up!
Rest is cited often on lists of best measures against excess stress, but there are types of mental rest apart from sleep. The Mayo Clinic noted that learning a music instrument could aid with keeping stress under control, while Stress Management Tips advises stressed out readers to listen to their preferred types of music. Watching television and reading books could have similar effects, notes the latter source. Exercise is cited as a potential stress reliever, but you could always make exercising about more than health. Those with an adventurous taste for the outdoors could consider mountain climbing. People who prefer to stay close to the ground could, for example, take up tennis.
But if none of these or other methods of getting stress under control seem to be working, don't hesitate to contact a professional.