How can I calm myself when I am feeling stressed out?
Here are a few sure fire ways to calm down the nervous system and re-ground:
Get out into Nature! It is proven scientifically that walking on the earth in your bare feet allows the negative ions of the earth to pass through your body to create a healing affect on a cellular level. Take advantage of the beautiful places all around us here in the Lowcountry. Walk on the beach, lie in the grass and gaze up at an old Oak or the beautiful blue sky.
Breathe! Breathing deep into your belly activates diaphragmatic breathing, which helps to calm down the nervous system. Simply close your eyes and breath in and out through your nostrils down to your naval. Feel the rise and fall of your belly, soften and feel the breath moving in and out of your body. Try to slow your breathing down, inhale for two to four seconds and exhale two to four seconds. Do this for at least two minutes.
Tanya Colucci, Myofascial Release Therapist, Meditation Teacher, Shaman, Soul Coach.
She can be reached at The Just Be Center, 159 State Street, Bluffton
(In between the Post Office and Library)
Is there anything natural to help alleviate stress?
Relora is a unique proprietary blend of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense. It is specifically designed to support normal, healthy, cortisol levels during stress and anxiety. This helps mediate everyday, stress-related emotions, eating behavior and muscle tension, without causing sedation.
L-Theanine is a naturally occurring, unique amino acid found in green tea leaves. It has been found to reduce stress by promoting relaxation without drowsiness, easing nervousness due to overwork and fatigue, and reducing nervous irritability. It may also be useful in supporting concentration.
Dr. Sheila’s Daily Probiotic (30 Billion CFU) is a valuable means of increasing normal gut flora in stressed individuals. Stress can be a major factor in diminished gut flora and secondary health issues. Probiotics help support our immune function and minimize the effect of stress on our gut health, which is essential for nutritional well-being.
Magnesium Glycinate is a mineral that helps maintain over 300 metabolic functions. Taken at bedtime, it helps support muscle and nervous system function, positive mood, cardiovascular function, and healthy glucose metabolism to name a few.
Vitamin D3 sublingual drops, taken in the morning, have been shown to support colon health, general cellular support of breast and prostate tissue, immune cell activity and to help maintain healthy cell metabolism.
Wilhemina Fry, PharmD, Stephens Compounding Pharmacy
55 Mathews Drive, Suite 215 Hilton Head Island, SC
Located in the Public Storage shopping plaza
(In the same plaza as Bike Doctor, Jiva Yoga, and Good Health Nutrition).
I’ve been under a lot of stress lately. When should I seek medical attention?
Stress is common in today’s busy world, inducing wear and tear on the body through biological changes. If you experience any of these signs and symptoms of stress longer than a month you should seek medical attention:
Lack of energy or fatigue
Difficulty staying organized
Feeling on edge
Change in appetite
Using alcohol or drugs for relief
Elevated blood pressure
Dizziness or vertigo
Palpitations or chest pain
Altered bowel habits
Shortness of breath
Everyone reacts to stress differently, often with different signs and symptoms. At times the physical or emotional warning signs manifest hours or days later. Pay attention to the signs and listen to what your body is telling you. By noticing how you respond to stress, you may be able to manage it better and in healthier ways, which will help your body correct itself, reducing chances of chronic, long-term health problems.
Veronica Smalheiser, ANP-BC, AGNP-C, CVNP-BC , is a nurse practitioner at Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group. She is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner.
What should I include in my daily routine to reduce stress?
R.E.A.C.H. for these daily.
R-Rest: Did I get enough rest the night before?
E-Exercise: What form of movement did I do for myself today?
A-Attitude: Did I have mostly positive thoughts and words today?
C-Clean Eating: Did I eat mostly foods that are directly from nature?
H-Healthy Nervous System: Have I spine checked recently to make sure my nervous system is functioning at its optimal best?
Dr. Jennifer Frickel is a Family Chiropractor, adjusting infants, children, pregnant moms and adults. For appointments contact the Just Be Centre, 159 State Street, Bluffton
(In between the Post Office and Library)
Dr. Wilhemina Fry,
PharmD, Stephens Compounding Pharmacy
Dr. Jennifer Frickel
Just Be Centre
Myofascial Release Therapist
Meditation Teach, Shman,
Soul Coach. Just Be Centre