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Managing Stress

Managing Stress

One area of health that is important is how well we manage our stress. Just eating a healthy vegan diet and taking supplements isn't always a guarantee of great health.

When we are stressed (and who isn't with work issues, family demands, and dealing with a fast-paced world), we can suffer a lot of health issues. It’s been found that stress can make us more vulnerable to heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, and Alzheimer’s disease. That is quite the list, but there are ways to help manage stress and be at your healthy best.

Daily meditation is probably one of the more popular ways to help with stress. Tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu credits meditation and mindfulness-based practice to helping her with her meteoric rise to the top of the tennis world. Meditation can be as simple as sitting or laying down with some soft music playing. Just breathing and listening to music that induces a more meditative atmosphere can go a long way to helping you to de-stress and feel calm and
focused.

Along with meditation, a relaxing soak in bath salts or a soothing herbal tea can help you to reduce your stress and recharge. Look for bath salt products that contain lavender. Lavender is very well known in aromatherapy for its relaxing properties. Or you could enjoy a cup of chamomile tea, or perhaps a lemon balm tea. As herbs, chamomile and lemon balm are known for inducing calmness. Some people find they feel a bit sleepy after having these herbs, and they can be enjoyed before going to bed. Pair a soak in the tub or a cup of herbal tea with a selection of meditative music, and you may find it’s exactly what you’ve been needing to let go of the stresses in your life for that day, and have a restful sleep.

Dr. Judith Fiore, ND is a naturopathic doctor in practice for 19 years. She has lectured at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and authored a featured column in the magazine, Creating Families, published by the Canadian Infertility Awareness Association. Dr. Judith is a proud vegan, and strives to support vegans, those transitioning to veganism, or those who wish to follow a primarily plant-based diet, to live full and healthy lives.

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