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It is important to relieve stress if you suffer from it regularly because of the many health problems it can create. Too much stress will alter your hormone levels, reduce immune function, cause weight gain, lead to heart attacks, heart disease and stroke. It can also contribute to diabetes, asthma, lack of sleep, low energy levels, depression and many digestive problems.
All of us are affected by stress differently and some of us can take more than others without having it affect us mentally or physically. If you have a problem dealing with stress, you need to learn how to get it under control.
Below are ways you can relieve stress so you can improve immune function to help fight your yeast infection, correct hormone imbalances and generally have a much happier outlook on life.
Breathing: Many times as your mind runs away from you and you are starting to get upset and stressed, all you have to do is shift your focus to your breathing. Just concentrate on breathing in and out in slow deep breaths for 10 or 15 minutes.
Exercise: Exercise not only takes your mind off of what's bothering you but it also helps relieve stress because it releases endorphins. Endorphins are often called the feel good hormones. Find an exercise routine you like and do it for a half-hour.
Massage: Have a friend or your significant other give you a massage after a stressful day. While you are getting the massage let your mind concentrate on the massage instead of all those stressful problems you may have had during the day.
Meditation: Meditation is not for everyone but for those that do enjoy it, it is definitely a great way to relieve stress.
Spend time alone: This one is pretty self-explanatory and everyone needs an area for some quiet time to himself or herself. Try setting up a room in the house where you can go and be by yourself, do hobbies or other things you enjoy.
Supplements: There are supplements that you can take that may help you deal with stress. I have included your best options farther down this webpage.
Self-Hypnosis: One of the best ways that I know of to relieve stress and strengthen the immune system at the same time is through hypnosis. I have included the studies below if you would like to further research the effectiveness of self-hypnosis.
A study done in 2001 by Ohio State University and published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, found that students who used a limited version of a complete hypnosis program, as proven by blood samples, had immune systems that became stronger and more active the longer they used hypnosis.
In 1999 a study was done by Ginandes CS, Rosenthal DI, found that patients recovering from bone fractures healed faster when participating in self-hypnosis programs. The study was published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 5(2): 67-75.
Another study in 2002 by Ginandes CS, Brooks P, Sando W, Jones C, Aker J., found that women who had gone through breast surgery healed faster when undergoing hypnosis post operation than those that didn't. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 45(4):333-51
Hypnosis to relieve stress has been endorsed by many medical doctors including:
Elvira V. Lang, MD, FSIR, FSCEH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Joseph Mercola, Founder, Optimal Wellness Center
Mark B. Weisberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Co-owner, Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic.
Dr. Al Sears
Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Michael Reding, M.D., Child Psychiatrist
Claire Frederick, M. D., Tufts University School of Medicine
There is no question that hypnosis can relieve stress and can reverse the effects of stress on the body and strengthen your immune system.
Independent testing has revealed a 92% success rate when it comes to self-hypnosis programs of all types.
In 1985, 1986, and 1996 studies were done and published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology about hypnosis and weight loss. Each study found that weight loss was increased by 17 pounds, 97%, and lasted for up to 2 years later for those that continued the self-hypnosis program.
Hypnosis has also been shown to work for weight loss because it enabled the participants to stay on their respective diet.
As Susannah points out below, it also works to change your core beliefs concerning food, nutrition and exercise.
I want to thank you for this hypnosis series. It was supportive and helpful. I ordered and am using the hypnosis cd set. I like it a lot. I haven’t really lost weight but that is not my main goal, a balanced healthy approach and relationship with my body is. I have been joking that I think I may have been taken over by the pod people or something as I cannot believe that I went to a local gym, started swimming twice a week and then began working out with a coach twice a week. I do believe this is a result of the support of the cd set. I also have noticed small and subtle changes in other areas in relationship to food and nutrition. I am a psychotherapist and have long known that you have to get deep into the unconscious to change core beliefs. The hypnosis cds are something I am enjoying and look forward to seeding and nurturing the seeds of the positive attitudes and beliefs that are presented. Thank you so much for recommending them. And thanks for the supportive information about candida...an ongoing learning curve.
The hypnosis programs Susannah is talking about were produced by the Hypnosis Network co-founded by Michael Lovitch. I liked his programs because each hypnosis program was put together by medically licensed therapists from each medical field. They're all trained professionals with graduate degrees in their area of expertise.
I found that he had a Relieve Stress Series & Anxiety Series that also comes with a free ebook, "Concrete Strategies to Manage Stress".
There is also the Diet Series that Susannah is using, which will also work for anyone that is having a hard time staying on the candida diet. I also found out that the programs are both guaranteed for 1 year. You can't beat that kind of guarantee for something that is definitely proven to work.
Supplements to Help Relieve Stress
Passion Flower helps calm the body and mind without the sedative effects of prescription drugs. I would not take this if you are taking anti-depressants or if you are pregnant.
Valerian Root has been shown to help some people deal with stress.
St John's Wort can help improve your mood and emotional outlook.
B-vitamins, calcium and magnesium all help calm the nervous system and promote muscle relaxation and sleep. A quality multivitamin can full fill these needs along with helping to counteract the effects of stress on the body.
A deficiency of Omega 3 fatty acids also contributes to increased anxiety and depression. This is easy to correct by taking a quality Omega 3 supplement everyday.
Any questions about how to relieve stress please feel free to contact me from the contact page of this website.
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