Stress. The word itself holds so many connotations that we probably get stressed just thinking or talking about it. This past Monday night, we were joined by Dr. Kathy Gruver of The Alternative Medicine Cabinet who provided us with really great tips to reduce your stress levels.
Too often, we worry about things we cannot control. We worry about things that have already happened, and we cannot change. We worry about a conversation that might be impending but we cannot control. The stress is behind us or ahead of us. So how do you reduce your stress levels? The key to relieving your stress is to stay in the present moment and change your reactions to certain situations.
We can actually program our immune function with affirmations, or how we talk to ourselves. According to Dr. Gruver, we have about 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 50,000 are negative. That’s 80% negativity!
If we can practice no longer saying the negative things to ourselves, we can almost reset our immune system. Just think: every negative thought we may have only builds another negative thought. This creates a negative spiral. If we assume we’re going to get sick, we just might. Ever heard the phrase, “You’re going to worry yourself sick?”
We must realize that we can only control that which we can control. We cannot control what others may do or say, and we cannot change the past.
Humans are the only animals who create their own stress. With our creative minds, we are capable of thinking about how situations may play out. Animals simply can’t and won’t do this. Be sure to watch the playback of Monday’s show to see Dr. Gruver discuss how cheetahs and goldfish might act if they had the ability to worry.
The way we eat, as we are all learning, has a direct effect on how our body reacts. If we are eating too many carbs, we may see that they act as the “kindling” to a fire that burns quickly and then runs out. Our energy levels take a nosedive, and we begin to stress over the work we have ahead of us.
Soda can upset our mineral balance. The ingredients in soda are known to leach the good minerals from our bodies. As much as possible, and for the benefit of your health, avoid sodas.
Magnesium is Dr. Gruver’s preferred mineral to add to your daily multivitamin. Magnesium is good for many issues including migraines, mood and sleep, inflammation, and digestion.
In the end, the key is to manage your stress response. With every small step you can take to help yourself relieve and reduce your stress levels, you are closer to reaching your stress-free goal.