Post # 1
I’m in school part time, working 50 hours weekly in a job that I used to love and have slowly started to loath over the last year or so. So let’s add a job search onto this pile!
I have been SUPER stressed lately, work, school, relationship, I feell ike it is all pulling my in so many directions! I am dealing, but I am noticing that my head is very foggy,my focus is limmited, and I can’t seem to think straight some days, and obviously my sleep and mood has been effected.
My question, is besides the more obvious ways to reduce stress, do you guys know of any EFFECTIVE natural stress remedies (besides ginko and ginseng as I already take both)?
Thanks for your input:)
Post # 3
I’m commenting to follow this. I’m a very stressed-out grad student, and I was just wondering about this earlier… when I woke way too early and couldn’t go back to sleep.
Post # 4
It sounds like it wouldn’t do much but Tazo Calm tea is amazing! I’ve been pretty stressed these past few months and a cup of that really relaxes me. There’s also these vitamins you can buy called Stress Tabs. I’ve used them before and I found that they relaxed me too.
Good luck finding something! I used to work a 40 hour week office job, a 2 night a week bar job, I was in school taking 4 classes, and trying to take care of a home at the same time. I was super stressed out so I know how you’re feeling!
Post # 5
Um, sex. No, seriously 🙂 Make time for it!
Post # 6
Besides drinking a lot of water, I would take a multivitamin if you don’t already. It will help give you energy.
The only other things I know if is the obvious: Eat well, get plenty of sleep, and maybe do some yoga/meditation or at least make time to just sit down and reflect. I have anxiety, and I take some tablets from the natural health food store for stress and anxiety. It helps calm me down when I am in a moment.
Post # 7
Try doing yoga! I have severe anxiety problems (GAD, panic disorder w/ agoraphobia, OCD) and taking even 30 minutes each morning to do yoga and meditate for a bit helps a LOT. Guided meditations are really helpful for me, I find when I’m super anxious it can be really hard to keep my mind from wandering without a guided meditation. I still require prescription medication to keep my anxiety in check, but yoga and meditation have helped a lot. A yoga class is helpful if you’ve never done yoga, if you can’t afford that, DVDs or even youtube videos.
Also I find journaling to be helpful. Just getting my feelings and all my stress out and on to paper and out of my head is awesome. And I can rant, rave, not make any sense and it just feels good.
Look into a breathing technique called ‘square breathing’ this is a simple do-anywhere method (sometimes called foursquare breathing) and other anxiety/stress relieving breathing techniques. They’re great for when you’re in a situation and your stress peaks, you can’t just bust out a yoga mat or meditate or drop everything and start journaling, but you need to calm down.
Be careful with any supplements since you’re already taking ginkgo biloba and ginseng (which fwiw, has stimulant properties and side effects that essentially resemble stressed/anxious feelings – it’s a common ingredient in energy drinks to give them a supposed ‘boost’) which do have interactions with other herbal/natural supplements, OTC medications, and prescription medications. If you go for any teas or supplement formulas and take hormonal birth control of any kind (pill, patch, ring, implant, hormonal IUD) check for St. John’s Wort. It’s known to decrease the efficacy of hormonal birth control so either steer clear or use back up protection if it’s pertinent to your situation in your relationship. 🙂
Post # 9
Did someone say excercise and meditation?
Post # 10
I’m in the same boat as you… demanding job + grad school (and adding wedding planning into the mix sure hasn’t helped!) I’ve tried every herbal supplement stress remedy there is, and for me nothing works nearly as well as regular exercise (several times a week), and ten minutes of meditation in the morning before I start my day.