Now that Fall is upon us and school is back in session, Oceanside wonders
How Do you Deal With Stress ?
Stress Reflex “I Become a Nervous Wreck”
What’s Your Stress Reflex?
When under pressure, do you fly into rages, eat yourself sick, or fall to pieces? If your signature response
only makes things worse, learn how to get healthier relief.
When under stress do you…
__ Find yourself chewing your cuticles or fidgeting?
__ Spend sleepless nights ticking off in your mind all the bad things that might happen?
__ Feel jittery and close to tears?
Anxiety stems from a fear of losing control and a sense that you are not fully in command of circumstances and outcomes, Dr. Pelletier explains. The problem with this stress reflex is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: the more anxious you feel, the less able you are to make wise decisions that enable you to guide events in the direction you’d most like. To keep anxiety from getting
in your way, Dr. Pelletier advises women to “let go of the idea that you can always be in control.” Engage in quiet activities that will allow you to feel calm and to focus your energy on the moment and not on the big event causing the anxiety and stress.
Keep but tweak: Focus on the positive
Agitation and nervous energy are still energy — vital resources that can be productive. Once you’ve finished ticking off the bad things that could happen, start listing their opposites — all the good things that could happen, too. Then pick just one item on the good-outcomes list and set yourself the goal of taking one small step to make it happen. Even before you take action you’ll feel yourself regaining a sense of control and calm.
Instead try: Increasing your melatonin intake to stop tossing and turning. Melatonin, a chemical present in some of the foods we eat, “is an anti-stress agent and a good sleep promoter,” says Russel J. Reiter, PhD, a professor of neuro-endocrinology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio who has done dozens of studies on melatonin. Its sedative effect helps relieve stress, Dr. Reiter says, without making you groggy. Two excellent food sources of melatonin are tart cherries, particularly dried varieties, and walnuts. You might also consider taking a melatonin supplement of 1 to 3 mg 20 to 30 minutes before going to bed. This should help you get to sleep “and taking it is perfectly safe”, Dr. Reiter claims.
Russel J. Reiter and Jo Robinson:
MELATONIN Your Body´s Natural Wonder Drug
New York: Bantam Books; 1995.