Sometimes it helps to remember a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: "There’s nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so".
Life happens – it’s your reaction that counts. So if you can increase your energy levels, achieve a calmer state of mind and build up greater resilience, then you’ll be better equipped to deal with the challenges that cause you stress. You’re also likely to start enjoying your life a whole lot more than you may think possible now.
So for starters, if you are in a fix and you need some instant help, this list is for you. Please remember, these measures are designed to start you off on the road to feeling less stressed, until you discover the full Stress Cure Programme outlined in the Stress Cure book, which is personal to you, depending on your unique set of circumstances. If you truly want to beat stress and fatigue, embracing a comprehensive approach that addresses the key contributory physical, emotional and mental factors will bring you the biggest rewards.
Seven Stress Relievers for an Instant Fix
1. Swap coffee or regular tea for green tea. While you’ll still get a caffeine kick, green tea also contains a calming substance called theanine, which can make you more alert without feeling wired. Try Moringa tea. It gives a caffeine-free natural energy boost. I have a cup almost every day.
2. Eat three meals a day and never skip breakfast. This helps you keep your blood sugar even. Blood sugar dips – either from not eating, or as a rebound after eating something too sweet or starchy, triggers adrenalin release, hence stress.
3. Eat protein with every meal – for example, eggs, yoghurt, smoked salmon or kippers with your breakfast; meat, fish, dairy foods, soya or grains combined with pulses for your lunch and supper. Protein slows down the release of sugars in carbohydrates giving you more energy and helping you feel fuller for longer.
4. Snack preemptively – if you know you have an energy dip before lunch and around 4pm, have a snack mid-morning and again mid-afternoon. Avoid sugar-loaded treats and instead opt for energy-sustaining fresh fruit and nuts, an oat cake with some cheese, nut butter, pate or ......
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