by Kami Pastis

Unfortunately, stress is part of everyone’s daily routine—especially during the holiday season, however it can be managed. Rather, it must be managed so that it does not overcome us at inopportune times in the form of anger, fatigue, depression or illness. The foods we eat greatly influence our well-being right down to our brain chemistry especially if applied in a consistent manner.  The following five tips can help you deliciously manage stress with grace & aplomb.

5 Tips

1.     Research has shown foods high in omega 3 essential fatty acids effect the brain in a positive, calming way. Some common sources of these calming Omega 3’s are walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax seeds. Grab a handful for a quick snack or sprinkle them in granola or oatmeal and feel your brain dial down the stress o’meter.

2.     Herbs are also powerful relievers of stress and anxiety. Chamomile, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian root are just a few examples that can be steeped in hot water and sipped as a tea.  Using lavender (either in flower form or oil) in a hot bath is also very helpful both from the inhalation of the aroma and from the absorption of the oils through the skin. A couple of drops of lavender essential oil dropped into a tissue & inhaled can produce a soothing effect on frazzled nerves anywhere, anytime.

3.    If you experience high levels of stress on a consistent basis you could be deficient in B vitamins which help calm the central nervous system and energize you at appropriate times. Healthy, plant-based foods high in B-vitamins are bananas, oats, avocados, legumes, potatoes and Brazil nuts.  

4.     Foods that contain stimulating substances can also put our sensitive nervous systems into overdrive. Coupled with a stressful day, these substances may leave the body feeling physical and emotional tension. Avoiding stimulants like coffee, sugar, non-herbal teas (which usually contain caffeine), chocolate, or other foods that you know stress your system can be an intelligent choice for many people.

5.     Finally, food for the soul. It’s really imperative to make time for yourself EVERY DAY–even if it’s only for 10 minutes. This type of food comes in the variety of a barefoot-walk on the grass, connecting with nature by gazing at the clouds or enjoying the sunrise, breathing slowly in and out through the nose for 10 breaths, talking with a close friend or loved one, closing your eyes and being quiet, receiving a slow, relaxing massage, or simply counting your blessings. There are endless ways of showing yourself love and nurturing the calm in your life, so pick just one today and do it. You’ll feel well-nourished and you’ll be a source of radiant positivity to all who surround you.   

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About Kami

Kamara Pastis is a certified personal trainer, life style educator, group fitness instructor and licensed massage therapist in the Phoenix area. Clinical, therapeutic massage has been her mainstay for seven years where she has experienced the lasting therapeutic changes massage can make in cases with debilitating pain and disfunction. The traditional Thai and Yogi tradition of metta (literally “loving kindness”) is Kami’s healing philosophy. When not healing her patients, Kami is more than blissfully occupied with her husband and three kids.

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